Jennifer Bodnar EEBW, is a lifelong horsewoman with a background in ranching and performance horses. Her goal as an equine bodyworker is to help you create a balanced horse, because a balanced horse can move with lightness. True lightness is not just responsiveness to the aids, but the body moving in harmony with the least amount of effort to perform a given maneuver. To achieve that the musculoskeletal system needs to be working synergistically. A balanced horse is better protected from injury, achieves better performance, will enjoy a longer career, and is a happier more willing partner. She has a thorough knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics believing that in the absence of language it is the body that tells their story. Jennifer uses a holistic approach understanding that nothing functions in isolation and is careful to asses the horse as a whole. She utilizes techniques ranging from sports massage, joint mobilizations, stretching and activation techniques, to stability pads, Kinesiology-taping and careful exercise plans. Jennifer enjoys partnering with the veterinary and farrier teams to help create lasting change in the horse.
To have a stong, and supple athlete all of your horses muscles need to be functioning at their best. Bodywork helps to alleviate tightness, spasms, and soreness to created a balanced athlete
INCREASED RANGE OF MOTION
Improving your horses range of motion and efficiency in his stride will create less wear and tear on the joints ligaments and tendons and lead to a longer performance life.
"Bad behaviors" and refusals are often a sign of muscle soreness or discomfort. With their limited ability to tell us somethings wrong, changes in behavior are often the first sign.
SPEED UP RECOVERY TIME
Bodywork helps the healing process along by encouraging scar tissue to be laid down in a more functional pattern, as well as reducing the amount of scar tissue which can help restore elasticity and functional range of motion.
CORRECT MOVEMENT PATTERNS
Often muscles are over compensating for their weaker counterparts creating dysfunctional movement patterns, leaving the overcompensating muscles under tremendous strain. These imbalances can be corrected to restore proper balance and enhance your horses movement and tone.
Increasing blood flow and oxygen to the muscles helps create healthy muscle tissue, lessens recovery time,
promotes overall health and protects joints.