The UnBound Horse will give you a quality, very well-rounded and fun basis to equine massage and bodywork. If you just want to learn more to help your horses, add to your current equine based career, or get a nice introduction for a career in Equine Bodywork - The UnBound Horse is where to begin.
You will gain 50 learning and experiential hours with a very solid basic understanding of therapeutic bodywork principles, and anatomy relevant to this course (axial skeleton, scapula, femur and 21 muscles). You will also experience a great introduction to intuitive feel and energetic patterns within ourselves and our horses. The program is interwoven with stories from the field, fun practice sessions that often bring ah-ha moments, and will conclude with you performing a full equine bodywork session on a horse.
We will explore the beginning steps of assessing constriction in the horse and how to resolve. You will learn some basic saddle fit problems - how they show up and what to do about them and examine 6 performance problems commonly created by constricted patterns; Can't bend or turn * Can't Collect * Bucking * Girthy * Arena or performance sour * Or just plain grumpy!
The UnBound Horse - Module 1 can be taken as an individual course OR IS INCLUDED in the following packages: Transcendent Horse 5-module Series, or The Certified Practitioner School in Equine Bodywork.
*Module 1 receives 50 learning hours and is self paced. There is no expiration.
The UnBound Horse consists of 5 Sections:
- The Nitty Gritty of Technique & Theory
- The Nitty Gritty of Equine Body (as pertains to this course)
- DETECT - The Assessment
- RESOLVE - The Work
- 6 Performance problems commonly caused by CONSTRICTED PATTERNS
- Each Section consists of 6-8 lectures plus a review section
- Lectures are generally 30 minutes or less
- Sections will include an assignment or practice form to be completed on your time frame
- (Certified Practitioner students receive one private online coaching session per module)
- Instructors are available via email, phone or Facebook group as needed.
- Most Sections will complete with a quiz (The certified student has 5 attempts to receive a score of 75%)
- A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION is awarded at the end of the course
What People are Saying about their experiences with the UnBound Horse:
"I thoroughly enjoyed Module #1! This was a really nice blend of technical info and the creative "art" of performing equine bodywork. The Module utilized great learning methods (I won't spoil the fun by explaining) that helped make learning the muscles and skeletal anatomy and physiology easy. I also loved the personal stories shared by Kim. I'm excited to continue on with the next Module!"
Tracy- South Dakota
"I just completed Module #1 - The UnBound Horse bodywork course. I’m a life-long horse owner and was looking for a course that would help me do my own work on my horses. I’ve had bodywork done on my horses by professionals, but have always wanted to see if I could do it myself. I have to say that this Module (The Unbound Horse - intro course) was brilliant! I now feel comfortable working on my own horses—I have actually been able to feel muscle issues and take care of them! And, not only did this intro course delve into massage technique, it went in depth into other types of bodywork. Now I can do myofascial release, energy holds, leg stretches, plus massage work. Wow!
Tina - New Mexico
I read once that if you want to write a book, you should write the book you want to read. Taking this advice, I have spent the past nine years creating the course(s) I would want to take while keeping within rigorous standards. All this information and training was not available in any one program when I first imagined such a gratifying career and there were few coaches to guide me.
When I am performing bodywork on horses, there is SO much more going on with them than I could possibly put into categories, theories, or techniques. Although I always feel an awesome surge of validation when a horse awards me with what we call a “release” (yawning, stretching, licking and chewing), I somehow know that isn’t the full story. When I am deeply tuned in to the energy, I almost sense the horse will offer the “release” just to help me through the energetic moment; as if to encourage me along. So, I went deeper, learning from every avenue I could – especially the horse. In developing this program, my goal is to help students learn how to “feel”, gain empathy, and mostly to believe in themselves. I want to bring out that deep childlike depth and conviction which, to me feels like the same space that horses hold (and they are just waiting for us to catch up). This space has no rules or validation because it is nothing more than the present moment being shared between two souls. This is where magic happens.
The scientific approach to bodywork often felt cold and emotionally void to me; while the excited, “look she’s yawning” as the end answer to what is going on felt very shallow. I wanted to offer a deeply rich and intuitive experience while still teaching the scientific basics of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and pathology.
For a long time, I was afraid people would take what I have to offer as too “Woo-Woo”. Fortunately, my faith and an incredible business coach prevailed and The School of Applied Integrative Therapy ~ Equine essentially birthed itself. This program is not only nationally and Internationally accredited, but weaves itself around stories from my own truly incredible journey with learning, growing, and intimately experiencing bodywork, natural and ancient healing practices, horses, and spiritual and personal development. Students not only gain knowledge, but also inner growth, depth of connection, and hopefully, a renewed belief in themselves and the world of equine. I would love to share this knowledge and deep experience with anyone wishing for such a valued and rewarding career or addition to horsemanship.
Kim is a certified and licensed human massage therapist, as well as animal massage therapist and bodyworker. When not teaching, she maintains her bodywork practice for animals and their people. Kim makes her home with her husband Lowell, and many animals (both domestic and wild) in Northwest Wyoming near Devils Tower National Monument. Kim is a board member for the National Board of Animal Acupressure and Massage.
StartHistory and Definition of Massage & Equine Bodywork
StartBenefits and Contraindications of Massage and Bodywork
StartBODYWORK / MASSAGE MODALITIES
StartFINDING CONNECTION & BEGINNING ENERGY WORK (8:44)
StartSAFETY AND HANDLING (0:40)
StartBODY * MIND * SPIRIT
StartASSIGNMENT #1 - Section #1
StartREVIEW FOR NITTY GRITTY OF EQUINE BODYWORK
StartList of Skeletal and Muscular Anatomy for Module #1
StartExternal parts or regions of the horse
StartSkeletal Anatomy Overview
StartAxial Skeletal Anatomy Video (4:34)
StartSkeletal Anatomy Components (Axial Skeleton + Scapula, Pelvis & Femur)
StartComparative Skeletal Anatomy - Horse & Human
StartThe 6 Junctions
StartPalpation of Skeletal Anatomy & Bony Landmarks (6:47)
StartASSIGNMENT - PALPATION OF SKELETAL ANATOMY & EXTERNAL PARTS
StartCheck List Questionnaire for Skeletal Anatomy Palpation - Module #1
StartModule #1 - Quiz #1 Skeletal Anatomy
Frequently Asked Questions
This course is a great stand alone introduction course. If you want a good basic scope of bodywork principals and feel along with some basic anatomy and physiology to help your horses yet are not sure if you are ready to commit to more - This might be the perfect choice for you!