April 26, 27, 28 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

Sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council
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2019 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
 
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Jim Masterson

Jim Masterson is an equine bodywork therapist and founder of the Masterson Method® of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork®, and is head of the certification program for students of the Masterson Method techniques.Over the years his equine clientele has included the USEF Endurance Team, competitors in USEF Medal and Maclay events, Nation’s Cup, and Pan American and World Equestrian Games and members of the USEF Singles Driving Team.

Mr. Masterson teaches an interactive and easily to learn method of equine bodywork to owners and therapists, in which the practitioner learns to recognize specific visual and neurological responses of the horse as it releases tension in the body. The method is unique in that it enables the horse to participate in the process by showing us where tension has accumulated, how much pressure is needed, and when the tension is released.

Mr. Masterson has been teaching Masterson Method® “hands on” workshops and courses to horse owners in the United States, Europe, Australia and South Africa since 2005.  is the author of several instructional books and DVDs, Beyond Horse Massage book and DVD in English, French, German, Spanish and Polish, Dressage Movements Revealed DVD, Dressage Horse Optimized book, and Light to the Core DVD.


www.mastersonmethod.com

Friday, April 26

11:00-Noon Swine Barn Ring
Masterson Method Bodywork Techniques for the Front End
Jim Masterson will be demonstrating interactive Masterson Method® bodywork techniques that spectators can take home and use on their own horses. These effective front-end techniques, used on FEI level show jumpers, dressage horses and the USEF Endurance Team, are unique in that they teach the practitioner to read and follow specific visual, neurological responses from the horse as it releases tension.  Spectators may be asked to participate in demonstration.

 

2:00-3:00 Swine Barn Ring
Masterson Method Bodywork Techniques for the Hind End.
Jim Masterson will be demonstrating interactive Masterson Method® bodywork techniques that spectators can take home and use on their own horses. These effective hind end techniques, used on FEI level show jumpers, dressage horses and the USEF Endurance Team, are unique in that they teach the practitioner to read and follow specific visual, neurological responses from the horse as it releases tension.  Spectators may be asked to participate in demonstration.

 

Saturday, April 27

10:00-11:00 Swine Barn Ring
Interconnections in The Horse’s Body, and Bodywork Techniques that Can Help the Whole Horse

It is almost never just one thing! Different areas of the horse are interconnected; tension or soreness in one area of the horse is almost always related to discomfort in another. Your horse can tell you where these connections are in his body once you learn how to ask, and what to look for.

In this clinic, Jim will talk about common interconnections in the horse’s body that affect movement and performance and will demonstrate techniques that spectators can use to identify and help the horse to release deep restrictions that affect the entire body. Hands-on, useful, and will make your horse more comfortable, willing and happy. Jim’s clinics are always educational, full of practical information, and will give you specific Masterson Method® bodywork techniques that you as an owner will be able to take home and use to improve not only your horse’s performance, movement and behavior, but communication and relationship with your horse as well
 

2:00-3:00 Swine Barn Ring  
Dealing with Behavioral Issues Such As Head-shyness Using Bodywork Techniques

Head-shyness is a barrier to happiness for both the horse and owner. There is most often a physical reason behind head-shyness that goes along with what we usually see as a behavioral problem. This is a practical clinic that talks about possible causes of head shyness and demonstrates techniques that owners can use that may help to improve is condition in a relatively short period.

 

Sunday, April 28

 

10:00-11:00 Swine Barn Ring

The Masterson Method® Equine Specialist - Helping Horses and Humans Find Connection
Do you want to learn bodywork to help care for your lesson or therapy horses? Do you also want to help people in your coaching, therapy or lesson programs deepen their connection to horses? The Masterson Method® equine bodywork is an interactive experience wherein the person partners with the horse to release tension. It requires the practitioner to be relaxed, attentive, and responsive to the horse and naturally deepens relationship with the horse in the process. Learn about this new application of The Masterson Method in equine-assisted learning and/or therapy programs to benefit both horses AND participants.
  Megan Dushin and Jim Masterson presenting.
 

1:00-2:00 Swine Barn Ring
Horses Affected by Accident or Injury - What Owners Can Do To Help

Has your horse been in an accident, such as a trailering mishap, a fall, a run into something, gotten caught in a stall or under a fence?
  In this demonstration, Jim Masterson will talk about his experience with the hidden - and sometimes not so hidden - effects an accident can render on the horse’s body and will demonstrate Masterson techniques on horses who have had such incidents.  Spectators may be asked to participate in demonstration.
 

3:00-4:00 Swine Barn Ring
Mystery Performance, Movement and Behavioral Issues

Horses, just like human workers or athletes, develop tension or spasms in deeper muscles and connective tissue, which lead to restricted movement, tightness, unevenness, discomfort and behavioral issues.
  Often there are no outward signs of injury, but the horse’s movement or behavior is “just not right.”  In this clinic, Jim Masterson will talk about his experience with what he calls “mystery issues” - the characteristics of these problems, and demonstrate bodywork techniques on horses who exhibit them, which you as an owner can use to locate and help your horse release them.  Spectators may be asked to participate in demonstration.
 


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