The Masterson Method by Jim Masterson
This is an innovative form of bodywork that relaxes the horse's body and relieves his uscles, connective tissue, and structure of deep stress and pain. Through the gentle and light manipulation of targeted release points; the movement of joints or juctions through a range of motion in a relaxed state; and studied observation of the horse's respones (his reactions tell you what he is feeling), you'll open doors to improved health and performance while enhancing communication-and your relationship-along the way.
Jim Masterson, Equine Massage Therapist for the 2016, 2008, and 2010 USET Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American, and World games competitions, first became interested in equine massage in 1997. Since then, he has develped an effective method of bodywork that all riders can learn to use to improve their horse's performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with their four-legged partners.
Jim currently works on 500 to 600 horses a year on the US Hunter-Jumper show circuit, including top equine competitiors in events such as the USEF and Maclay Medal series, FEI Grand Prix, Nation's Cup, plus Pan American and World Cup jumping events. He helped members of the USET Singles Driving Team prior to the 2010 Championshipsin Italy. Jim teaches Masterson Method seminars and advanced courses to horse owners, trainers and therapists worldwide.
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Note: Please bear in mind that every horse is different and this table is a guide only. We have many different styles to suit all shapes and sizes. New Zealand & Euro sizes are measured from the top of the horse. (Withers to tail. C-D) UK, USA & Australian sizes are measured at the bottom of the horse. (From the centre of the chest to the rear. A-B)
How to Choose The Right Fit
The fit of your rug is very important to ensure the optimal comfort and ease of movement for your horse. Since horses of the same height at the wither come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is useful to take careful measurements of your horse to choose the right size rug.
Using a soft tape measuring tape, measure from (A) t the centre point of the chest, across the point of the shoulder and to the point (B) the rear of the hind legs where you would like the rug to finish.
How do I know that I have the right fit
A well fitting rug will not move or rub your horse.
- Place the rug forward and in front of the wither. The chest buckle should be fastened on the first or second hole, leaving a small gap. Further back than this the horse may need a larger size.
- The neck line should sit well up on the neck clear of the shoulder with the shoulder gussets correctly positioned on the point of the shoulder.
- The rug should finish at the top of the tail for most horses (the tail flap will then cover the rest)
- Leg straps are looped through each other loose enough to prevent chaffing but not loose enough to hang any where near the horses hocks.
- Leg strap clips should face inwards to the horse to reduce the chance of catching on fences or other hazards.
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