Hands-on Methods

Diana’s Philosophy

When a horse is unable or unwilling to cooperate with his handler, Diana believes he is experiencing physical discomfort and/or emotional confusion. She addresses these issues with acupressure, massage, Bach flower essences, gentle training and riding methods. Her work improves a horse’s ability to learn and perform without the use of force or dulling repetition. This enhances the horse’s athletic ability and soundness. It allows the relationship between horse and handler to reach the connected place that horse owners know is possible.

You can learn the following methods from Diana in a private lesson or group class:

Acupressure, Massage and Range of Motion Exercises

Diana has used acupressure, massage and range of motion exercises in her horse training programs for almost 30 years. These methods relax the horse and improve movement quality and length of stride. In many cases, the horses’ attitude and ability to work improves and a deeper partnership is created between horse and handler. She is available to teach you how to use:

  • Equine massage to relax muscle tension
  • Acupressure methods which create the correct flow of qi and support the physical and emotional health of the horse.
  • Range of motion exercises of the horse’s shoulders, rib cage, pelvis, fetlocks, hocks and stifles

Click Here to learn more about Acupressure for Horses

Ground Handling

Diana uses a variety of ground training methods and obstacle training to establish a relaxed working partnership with each horse. The methods clarify communication between handler and horse and improve the horse’s mental focus and physical coordination. Horses who are frightened, unfocused and pushy benefit greatly from these sessions. The work also benefits horses who are recovering from muscle soreness or injuries and those with little training. Diana also uses ground training to prepare horses for trailer loading, handling by the farrier or veterinarian and under-saddle work.

Customized Bach Flower Essences

In Traditional Chinese Medicine horses who are frightened, unfocused or angry are said to have an unsettled shen (spirit). In order to help these horses, Diana uses acupressure on points that are traditionally used to calm the Heart and settle the shen. She also teaches horse owners how to use Bach Flower Essences for horses who are emotionally upset or spooky. The Bach Flowers (FDA-approved products) may be used by horse owners to help horses recover from accidents, loss of a friend or abuse.

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Group Classes

Diana teaches group classes for her own Hands-On Horse Care business and as an adjunct instructor for the Equine Science program of the Santa Rosa Junior College. Click here for 2018 Class Schedule.

Medical Disclaimer

The methods listed above are not a substitute for the medical advice of a licensed veterinarian. Horse owners should consult with their veterinarian regarding the health and/or illness of their horse(s).

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