P.O.W. Dynamic Balance (Liv 3) for Horses

Last week we took a look at high energy dogs and cats who benefited from Dynamic Balance (Liv 3). This week’s P.O.W.! is Dynamic Balance for horses.

Many people with sport horses SAY they want high energy, high competitive drive, and high performance in their horses. However, they sometimes misunderstand how to handle these horses effectively. Bred to MOVE and work hard, these horses often have a tough character that requires a clear head and a steady hand to work with. Trying to manage that high drive with a heavy hand or constant reprimands just leads to a relationship fraught with conflict. While some may tell you that is just part of the package, when these horses are handled more evenly and shown to a calmer place, they can direct all of their full drive and energy into their WORK instead of into the conflict. PLUS they can be a lot more fun to work with.

But how to do that? First of all, read our article on the Wood Element type animal and learn how being a gentle but clear leader will smooth the way to better interactions: http://bit.ly/WoodElement Second, see resources about this point below for staying safe while you work: http://bit.ly/AcuSafetyVideo

Then use the P.O.W.! (point of the week) Dynamic Balance (Liv 3) to help your horse get there more easily. This point helps smooth out the flow of your horse’s energy levels, helps contain emotional out breaks, and helps her release pent up tension often found in the minds and musculature of these horses.

This point lies on the inside surface of the hind leg right below the hock joint. Squat down facing FORWARD with your safety hand in place over the cannon bone. Slowly stroke the inside of the leg from the hock toward the fetlock joint. Use your fingertips to GENTLY find the point in the triangle shown in the photo. The point is BENEATH the hock, AHEAD of the splint bone, and BEHIND the prominent bulging vein shown in the photo.

SAFETY NOTE: this point can be HIGHLY reactive in horses. It can cause horses to kick, jump about, bite, and generally react strongly. This means you MUST use a safe position, especially the first time you do it. If your horse DOES react strongly, it often means they NEED it. And they often let out a huge sigh when you do it. But staying safe is an absolute priority. So refer to this video on safety positions for hind quarter acupressure. And ALWAYS start gently! Gentle light pressure may be all you need to get great results.  http://bit.ly/AcuSafetyVideo

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