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EQUINE PUBLICATIONS

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Equine Massage, A Practical Guide

Fully revised and updated, this new edition provides step-by-step instructions and more than 180 photographs and diagrams to help riders and professionals alike, master equine massage techniques. This authoritative guide provides detailed information about massage movements, pressures, rhythms, and sequences. It includes:

• An introduction to equine anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology.

• Practical information on stretching and hydrotherapy.

• Use of massage to relax your horse.

• Use of massage to care for your older horse.

• Use of massage to maintain the fitness level of your active horse.

• Information about areas of stress specific to each discipline and different massage techniques and routines for different situations.

• A conformation check-up routine.

• Four new chapters covering equine myofascial massage, Equine TMJ (temporomandibular joint) Dysfunction Syndrome, Equine Muscular Compensation Phenomenon, and saddle fitting.

• A handy comb-bound format that lays flat for convenient use in the stable.



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Equine Muscular Compensation

The horse's movements have fascinated man throughout the ages. Whether for work, war or play, the horse's proximity to man's cultural evolution, many civilizations contributed to the study of the horse's locomotion and gait analysis.

Today, due to the popularity of equestrian sports, a renewed interest in the study of locomotion and its associated muscular and fascia compensation has become fore front news. This present manual will give you a clear picture the horse locomotor capacities and on this "compensatory phenomenon", how it occurs and the structures involved.

This study of equine muscular and facial compensation is the result of many years of research combined with the feedback from many other veterinarians and related professionals. I specially want to extend my gratitude to Dr Steve Engle, DVM, Chiropractror for personally reviewing the entire manuscript.

This book is meant to be a manual for horse lovers, both amateurs and professionals, who have the desire to participate in the health and fitness of their equine friends. The content of this book will refine your understanding of the equine compensation phenomenon, how to recognize its symptoms and will help you make the decisions needed to participate to its improvement.

This book is a wonderful investment in your future. It provides you detailed information on all aspect of muscle compensation involved in the horse's locomotion. In time, the knowledge gained from this manual will allow you to increase your understanding of the horse locomotion, improve your palpation skills and your finesse of muscular tension evaluation. This in turn will help you refine your training and maintain you horse at pick performance.

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Equine Temporomandibular Disfunction Syndrome

The temporomandibular joint, known as TMJ, plays several important functions. Everyone who rides know how important the sensitivity of the horse's mouth is. A good contact at the bit allows the rider to delicately direct the horse for good performance. An equally important factor is that the TMJ is part of the mastication apparatus of the horse and a healthy TMJ is vital for his good health.

Poor performance of the temporomandibular joint will result in poor mastication and absorption of his food and its nutrients, which could lead to digestive complications. Yet, another very important factor less known to the general public is the role it plays in constantly evaluating the animal overall balance, what is known as proprioception. As much as this TMJ condition is seen more rarely with horses than with humans, it usually is more severe for the horse. This is due to the fact that the horse's lower mandible is twice as long as in the human. When chewing, this extra leverage will affect the TMJ with greater force, causing more severe damage to the structure. This unique book brings you knowledge of:

• The structures involved - bones, nerves, vessels, muscles.

• The different stages of the ETDS evolution - acute, sub-caute & chronic.

• Precious information on early symptoms as well as for the more chronic cases.

• Excellent massage routines and techniques for each stage.

• Stretching exercises & hydrotherapy tips.

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Top Massage for Top Balance

This book describes in great details a distinctive approach that combines the safest and most beneficial massage techniques to optimize your horse health and fitness. Learn the techniques of a recognized expert in the field so that you can bring the well-known benefits of non-invasive gentle massage techniques to your horse. This book teaches you how to use proven massage routines and stretching exercises in a specific sequence to most benefit your horse. It is a great self-educating book that will assist you in maintaining your horse wellness and fitness level at its best. This "Top Massage for Top Balance" manual is the most complete book on the subject and contains information you cannot find anywhere else! You will learn about:

• The basics of the equine massage for you and for your horse.

• The basics of equine muscular anatomy

• Detailed information on each individual muscles targeted in the Top Massage Protocol.

• The Relaxation massage routine.

• The Myofascial "Tune-up" massage routine.

• The "Origin-Insertion" sport massage technique on all major muscle groups of your horse.

• The basics of equine stretching.

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Fitness Evaluation of the Horse

Learn to evaluate the fitness of any horse – in the stable and in the saddle. This guide helps horse owners, riders, and trainers at all levels learn how to assess any horse’s fitness, strengths, and weakness. If you’re buying a horse, this will help you pre-assess prospects before getting the complete veterinary examination. If you own a horse, these techniques will help you better understand your horse’s aptitudes, customize a training program, identify signs of strain, and provide better care for your horse. With step-by-step instructions and almost 200 photos and drawings showing the proper positioning and approach for each technique, you will learn:

• Hand palpation skills, several basic massage movements, and simple stretching exercises

• A Riding Evaluation Program (REP) that helps you identify abnormalities in gaits, tight muscle groups or sore joints, and more

• A Palpation Evaluation Program (PEP) in which you use your fingertips to pinpoint problems

• How to perform an assessment of the horse’s musculoskeletal system, with twenty-five points on each side

Fitness Evaluation of the Horse teaches you to evaluate the soundness and fitness of a horse in a hands-on manner so that you can fine tune your training program, improve your performance, and enhance your relationship with your horse.

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Rider's Fitness Guide to a Better Seat

We all know that a good seat is vital for good riding performance. You want your center of gravity to move in sink with the horse's center of gravity. This book will teach you about the muscles responsible for a good seat so you can increase their fitness and their flexibility. This will improve your overall posture, and increase your stamina and sense of balance.

This book provides a selection of exercises presented in three programs that will help you progressively increase your control over your seat, maximize your performance and minimize your risk of injury.

Each work out is about 15 minutes tops, including warm-up and stretching. Any of these exercise program can easily be performed anywhere as you do not require any equipment, just this book. Even if you are on the road a lot, nothing stop you to easily maintain you fitness.

Once you know your routine well, you can do it while watching TV or listening to music. For your convenience, we included a thumbnail-picture poster of the intermediate and advance programs.

To imply these simple programs three days a week will greatly increase your strength and stamina and it will improve your coordination within thirty days, resulting in a better seat. After only ten days you will notice a difference and by the end of the month you will feel you have a new body-awareness.

The exercise programs presented in this book will transform the way your body feels and perform. They will help you develop better coordination, good posture and an easy, graceful seat. With this book I welcome you to the beginning of your new riding life.

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Equine Muscular Anatomy and Kinesiology


The objective of this book is to provide an extensive overview of over 115 important muscles and corresponding fasciae involved in the equine muscular system. It is a great complement to our home-study preliminary course.

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Equine Workbook

The Preliminary Course Workbook

This workbook is designed to help you get the most from your practical guide. It provides you with over thirty pages of quizzes and blank charts covering the entire material presented in your Equine Massage Awareness preliminary home study course. Chapter after chapter, over 400 questions will challenge and test your knowledge. To complete regular self-testing will help you retain all that important material as you progress with your educational process. It is crucial that you develop this habit of testing your studying, and that you stick to it. Good habits are the key to all success.

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Canine Publications

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Canine Massage

In this complete book, Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt provides step-by step instruction with 150 photographs and illustrations in over 190 pages so that every dog lover, including non-professionals, can learn how to massage their dog safely. Canine Massage is a detailed, easily read publication and is an important step enabling dog lovers the world over to improve their dog's athletic ability, performance, recovery and mental attitude by performing safe and effective professional massage techniques. As all dog lovers know, active dogs can subject to injuries, tension, and stress, which if treated by medication alone may only mask the problem, not remedy it.

This is why Jean-Pierre created programs of home study courses, videos, and practical sessions--teaching techniques that enables owners, trainers and grooms to: * Alleviate soreness and pain in their dogs.

* Contribute to recovery of injuries and stress areas common to any active dog.

* Use specific massage movement techniques, stretching exercises, and routines to help their dog's mental and physical well-being. Contribute to recovery of injuries and stress areas common to any active dog.

* Use specific massage movement techniques, stretching exercises, and routines to help their dog's mental and physical well-being.

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Canine Muscular Compensation

The dog is man's best friend. Throughout the ages man has tried many breeding combination to develop great dogs. Whether for work, war or play, the dog's proximity to man's cultural evolution has made him a valuable companion. Today, due to the growing popularity of canine sports, a renewed interest in the study of locomotion and of the dog's locomotor capacities and its associated muscular and fascia compensation has become fore front news.

This present manual will give you a clear picture on this "compensatory phenomenon", how it occurs and the structures involved. This study of canine muscular and facial compensation is the result of many years of research combined with the feedback from many other veterinarians and related professionals.

This book is meant to be a manual for dog lovers, both amateurs and professionals, who have the desire to participate in the health and fitness of their canine friends. The content of this book will refine your understanding of the canine compensation phenomenon, how to recognize its symptoms and will help you make the decisions needed to participate to its improvement.

This book is a wonderful investment in your future. It provides you detailed information on all aspect of muscle compensation involved in the dog's locomotion. In time, the knowledge gained from this manual will allow you to increase your understanding of the dog locomotion, improve your palpation skills and your finesse of muscular tension evaluation.

This in turn will help you refine your dog training and maintain him at pick performance. It will also help you better understand how the older or injured animals compensate and allow you to better care for them. This book will serve you well.

 

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Canine Muscular Anatomy and Kinesiology

The objective of this book is to provide an extensive overview of over 115 important muscles and corresponding fasciae involved in the canine muscular system. It is a great complement to our home-study preliminary course.

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Canine Workbook

This workbook is designed to help you get the most from your practical guide. It provides you with over thirty pages of quizzes and blank charts covering the entire material presented in your Canine Massage Awareness preliminary home study course. Chapter after chapter, over 400 questions will challenge and test your knowledge. To complete regular self-testing will help you retain all that important material as you progress with your educational process. It is crucial that you develop this habit of testing your studying, and that you stick to it. Good habits are the key to all success.

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To order any of these products, please click here to go to our On-Line Store.

You will be transferred to the secured site of “Animal Awareness LLC”, a subsidiary of Massage Awareness Inc, where you will be able to process your custom order.

If you have any particular question, you can contact Jean-Pierre directly by email jptopmassage@yahoo.com or by phone (561) 537-0366

 

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