April 28, 29, 30 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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2017 MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
 
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Jim Masterson


The evolution of The Masterson Method® began when Jim was practicing equine massage in 1997, and recognized that the horses were exhibiting certain neurological responses to touch as they released tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, he developed a system in which the horse actively participates in the process by cueing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and the moment it has been released. The result was a unique and effective method of bodywork called The Masterson Method®, which is easy to learn, and accessible to anyone, regardless of your level of horsemanship. After years of practice and teaching, Jim has discovered that not only does this technique improve performance, it also facilitates new levels of communication and trust with the horse.

Jim was the equine massage therapist for the 2006-2008-2010-2012-2014 USEF Endurance Teams, as well as for a number of equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan-American, and World Games competitions. Jim continues to travel the globe, teaching weekend and five-day advanced seminars, Masterson Method® certification courses, graduating his Masterson Method certified instructors, as well as authoring books and starring in educational DVDs.

 

Friday, April 28

 

 

11:00-11:55

DNR Building

Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT)
and the Masterson Method Equine Therapy Specialist (MMETS) Training Program
 

2:00-2:55
 

AgStar Arena  

Dealing With Mystery Lameness and Behavioral Issues: 1
 

4:00-4:55

Horse Barn Ring

 Light to the Core

     

Saturday, April 29

   

11:00-11:55
 

Horse Barn Ring

Light to the Core

1:00-1:55
 

AgStar Arena

Dealing With Mystery Lameness and Behavioral Issues: 2
 

4:00-4:55

DNR Building

Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT)
and the Masterson Method Equine Therapy Specialist (MMETS) Training Program

     

Sunday, April 30

   

12:00-12:55
 

AgStar Arena

Dealing With Mystery Lameness and Behavioral Issues: 3
 

3:00-3:55
 

Horse Barn Ring

Light to the Core

Masterson Method Bodywork - Dealing with Mystery Lameness and Behavioral issues:

Days 1, 2 and 3

Jim Masterson explains the Masterson Method® of Equine Bodywork and works with different live horse case study issues that involve unexplained or undiagnosed “Mystery Issues”. Many horses suffer from performance, movement or behavioral issues, the sources of which cannot be found in the feet, legs or on the surface of the horse. Often the origins of these problems lie deeper in the core and postural muscles of the body. The Masterson Method® is dedicated to teaching owners how to find and release hidden tension that may be affecting their horses’ performance, movement or behavior, by learning to read and follow what the horse’s body is telling them.

These sessions use horses with unexplained performance, movement or behaviora issues such as extreme head shy-ness, short-strided in front or behind, or who have been involved in injuries or accidents such as serious falls or trailering accidents in which afterwards the horses is just “not quite right” or “not the same”.

On Friday’s demonstrations horses with unexplained performance, movement or behavioral issues will be evaluated and worked on using the Masterson Method® Techniques demonstrated and areas worked on will be determined by the particular issues these horses bring to the demo, and what each individual horse tells us through his/her visual responses to the work.

Each day, following an explanation of the MastersonMethod®, follow-up work on the previous day’s horses will be done if needed, and then a fresh set of horses with different performance, movement or behavioral issues will be evaluated andworked on.

These demos are educational, full of practical information, and 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, movementand behavior, but communication and relationship with your horse as well.

Masterson - Light to the Core

Jim Masterson teaches horse owners how to read whattheir horses’ bodies are telling them about issues that may be at the source of unwanted movement or behavior. The origins of these issues are often not on the surface but hidden in deeper core and postural muscles of the horses. It’s not difficult to see where you horse may be feeling pain or tension, or to help him to begin releasing it, once you know where and what to look for. Using different horses on each day, Jim Masterson will teach you new techniques and information from his latest DVD, Light to the Core.

Equine Facilitated Therapy (EFT) and the Masterson Method Equine Therapy Specialist (MMETS) training program

Horses helping humans in mental health and learningprograms is fundamental to Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning Programs. The interaction between the horse and human is a key component in this setting.

Experience has shown us that when interactive Masterson Method® equine bodywork techniques are brought to the therapeutic setting in a controlled, structured and safe manner with the intention of helping the horse, the interaction also benefits the Equine Facilitated Therapy client. This interaction is unique in hat, while it is for the client, it is about the horse. The one facilitates the other, creating the potential for both horse and human to benefit. The Masterson Method® program creates an opportunity for clients of equine assisted programs to “Give a gift to the horse” - their partner - while benefiting themselves in the process.

Jim Masterson teaches an interactive method of equine bodywork inwhich the horse owner learns to read visual responses from the horse as it release tension in the body. This method enables the horse to participate in the process by showing us where tension has accumulated, what’s needed to release it, and when it has released. The by-product of releasing tension with this method improves not only performance but also communication and relationship wit the horse.

The Masterson Method® has been successfully used byJim on thousands of horses including top FEI level competitors in Show Jumping and Driving, as well as the USEF Endurance Teams at the World Championships and World Equestrian Games from 2006 to 2014. He has taught the Masterson Method® to thousands of horse owners and therapists in the U.S., Europe and Australia. He’s contributed to numerous equestrianmagazines and is author of the instructional books and DVD’s Beyond Horse Massage and Dressage Movements Revealed, and DVD Light to the Core.
 

 

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