Equine Body Balance

Equine Body Balance

Equine Body Balance Equine Body Balance offers Ortho-Bionomy and Equine Ortho-Bionomy treatments. Ortho-Bionomy is a non-force bodywork modality derived from osteopathy, developed by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, Canadian Osteopath.

Treatments are generally 50 minutes to one hour long; in the case of people they will take place at my office (directions below) and for equines, generally at the horse's barn. What defines Ortho-Bionomy is its principles:
Preferred Posture - The body is encouraged to go in the direction it is already heading. Towards ease, and away from pain - the body seeks out its most comfortable position, Ort

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Meeting the Horse - Understanding the horse/human relationship through science, psychology & somatics | Arrowhead Ranch, Santa Fe, NM | October 9th, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 09/16/2021

Meeting the Horse - Understanding the horse/human relationship through science, psychology & somatics | Arrowhead Ranch, Santa Fe, NM | October 9th, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

NEW IN-PERSON CLASS! MEETING THE HORSE - Understanding the horse/human relationship through science, psychology and somatics. Please join us in October! https://susansmithsantafe.com/product/meeting-the-horse-understanding-the-horse-human-relationship-through-science-psychology-somatics-arrowhead-ranch-santa-fe-nm-october-9th-2021-830-a-m-500-p-m/

Meeting the Horse - Understanding the horse/human relationship through science, psychology & somatics | Arrowhead Ranch, Santa Fe, NM | October 9th, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human Susan Smith of Equine Body Balance and Deborah Whalen Equine and will explore the interactive dynamics inherent to the horse-human relationship drawn from human psychology, herd behavior & Ortho-Bionomy.

Photos from Equine Body Balance's post 09/09/2021

Can you see the raised area of the lumbar spinous processes in the first area? It also tends to list off to one side. In the second photo, after Equine Ortho-Bionomy, the spinous processes have smoothed and have more movement in relationship to one another.

Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait and Recovery |5 Classes: September 14th-October 12th, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 08/15/2021

Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait and Recovery |5 Classes: September 14th-October 12th, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait and Recovery |5 Classes: September 14th-October 12th, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human Our own natural rhythms are reinstated by movement. Both horses and people can strengthen their natural rhythms together. When we interact with the horse, our posture and movement tells the horse a lot about what we want to do, how we feel about them, where we are going. At best we should be a guidi...

Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait and Recovery |5 Classes: September 14th-October 12th, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 08/15/2021

Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait and Recovery |5 Classes: September 14th-October 12th, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

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New 5-part zoom course beginning September 14 for five Tuesdays. Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait & Recovery. All are welcome.

Equine Healing through Movement: Posture, Gait and Recovery |5 Classes: September 14th-October 12th, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human Our own natural rhythms are reinstated by movement. Both horses and people can strengthen their natural rhythms together. When we interact with the horse, our posture and movement tells the horse a lot about what we want to do, how we feel about them, where we are going. At best we should be a guidi...

Blog - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 08/10/2021

Blog - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

My latest blog https://susansmithsantafe.com/blog/

Blog - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human Horses Take the World Stage August 10, 2021endurance, energy work, Equine Body Balance, healing, herd behavior, herd dynamics, horse training, horsemanship, horses, Horses at Liberty Foundation Training, riding, sacred spaces, telepathy, trail ridingherd behavior, horse trainers, horse training, Hor...

Dr. Kerry Ridgway: High Heel / Low Heel Syndrome explanation 07/13/2021

Dr. Kerry Ridgway: High Heel / Low Heel Syndrome explanation

Interesting info on this presentation.

Dr. Kerry Ridgway: High Heel / Low Heel Syndrome explanation In this bonus footage, Dr. Ridgway discusses "high heel/low heel syndrome" and how it impacts, amongst other things a horse's tendons and ligaments. Dr. Rid...

07/05/2021

Estudios recientes realizados por el “Institute of Heart-Math” proporcionan una pista para explicar la" curación "bidireccional que ocurre cuando estamos cerca de los caballos. Según los investigadores, el corazón tiene un campo electromagnético más grande que el cerebro: un magnetómetro puede medir el campo de energía del corazón que irradia desde 2.4 metros hasta 3 metros alrededor del cuerpo humano. Si bien esto es ciertamente significativo, quizás sea más impresionante que el campo electromagnético proyectado por el corazón de un caballo sea cinco veces más grande que el de un ser humano (imagina una esfera en forma de campo electromagnético alrededor del caballo) y este pueda influir directamente en nuestro propio ritmo cardíaco.

También es probable que los caballos tengan lo que la ciencia ha identificado como un ritmo cardíaco "coherente" (patrón de frecuencia cardíaca) que explica por qué podemos "sentirnos mejor" cuando estamos cerca de ellos. Los estudios han encontrado que un patrón cardíaco coherente o HRV (siglas en inglés) es una medida sólida de bienestar y consistente con estados emocionales de calma y alegría, es decir, exhibimos tales patrones cuando sentimos emociones positivas.

Un patrón cardíaco coherente es indicativo de un sistema que puede recuperarse y adaptarse a situaciones estresantes de manera muy eficiente. Muchas veces, solo necesitamos estar en presencia de caballos para sentir una sensación de bienestar y paz. De hecho, la investigación muestra que las personas experimentan muchos beneficios fisiológicos al interactuar con los caballos, incluida la disminución de la presión arterial y la frecuencia cardíaca, mayores niveles de beta-endorfinas (neurotransmisores que actúan como supresores del dolor), disminución de los niveles de estrés, disminución de los sentimientos de ira, hostilidad, tensión y ansiedad, mejor funcionamiento social; y mayores sentimientos de empoderamiento, confianza, paciencia y autoeficacia ".

Autor pintura: Svatava Hueberová

Connect the Dots: Equine Lymph, Body Points and Fascia | 5 Classes: July 6th - August 3rd, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 06/14/2021

Connect the Dots: Equine Lymph, Body Points and Fascia | 5 Classes: July 6th - August 3rd, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

Upcoming in July: this online five part course looks at relationships between fascia, lymph and structure and ways to address them via bodywork. Join us! https://susansmithsantafe.com/product/connect-the-dots-equine-lymph-body-points-and-fascia-5-classes-july-06-august-03-2021-11-a-m-mountain-time-zoom-online/

Connect the Dots: Equine Lymph, Body Points and Fascia | 5 Classes: July 6th - August 3rd, 2021 | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human Restriction in the muscles and fascia will restrict the lymph, which is the vital defender against infection in the body.

Corticosteroids | Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons 06/14/2021

Corticosteroids | Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons

A must read: https://www.rossdales.com/referrals/treatments-and-therapeutics/joints-tendons-ligaments/corticosteroids?fbclid=IwAR2wbFAXygT217why_jHR0pNM5S-K6Z42T19FybNk_KeVJXs7OVtL7_jzVo

Corticosteroids | Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons Corticosteroids ('steroids') are a group of powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that are used frequently to treat lameness problems. Although there are a number of

Photos from Equine Body Balance's post 05/28/2021

Worked with a horse who doesn’t bend to the left under saddle, so his neck straightened and softened after bodywork.

Equine Body Balance Program 05/02/2021

Equine Body Balance Program

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About our courses.

Equine Body Balance Program Equine Body Balance is an Equine Ortho-Bionomy bodywork program designed for those who want to further their education for equines. www.susansmithsantafe.com

Equine Body Balance: Horse and Rider Integration 04/14/2021

Equine Body Balance: Horse and Rider Integration

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Equine Body Balance: Horse and Rider Integration Working with horse and rider together with Ortho-Bionomy can help the pair come into a physical conversation and support each other. Equine Body Balance, www.susansmithsantafe.com

The horse will find you 04/11/2021

The horse will find you

The horse will find you Check out new links and classes! Student News A number of people have joined Equine Body Balance classes who have little or no access to horses. If they're local, I try to hook them up with horses so they can get some practice. Orly Botwin, a manual therapist (human) whom I met while teaching in Flo...

Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® 21st Conference 04/10/2021

Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® 21st Conference

The first virtual Ortho-Bionomy conference ever! Join us...lots of great presentations, sliding scale available

Society of Ortho-Bionomy International® 21st Conference HURRAY! You're here! Come on in! The party's begun and you are right on time!    THANK YOU to ALL who participated Thursday April 8 in our Pre-Conference Event. Winner of the Raffle is ...

03/31/2021

The hooves of a healthy newly born foal. The eponychium is the covering that protects the mother from the foal's hooves while in the womb. It forms a soft pad over the surface of the hoof and the moment it makes contact with the air it begins to dry out, go stringy and drop off. The brilliance of nature!

The hooves of a healthy newly born foal. The eponychium is the covering that protects the mother from the foal's hooves while in the womb. It forms a soft pad over the surface of the hoof and the moment it makes contact with the air it begins to dry out, go stringy and drop off. The brilliance of nature!

03/30/2021

Society of Ortho-Bionomy Sponsored Study Group
Contact & Positioning for Equines with Special Needs
May 20th, 2021 4:00 Mountain Time
Instructor, Susan Smith

We often encounter in our work equines with special needs - who are suffering so greatly they can’t bear our hands on them, or they may at first not be able to tolerate our touch but can become comfortable with it over time. Or they really need us to contact on another level.

Through lecture and videos on contact & positioning possibilities, practitioners gain insight into ways to approach an equine with ultra sensitivities.

Possibilities may include:
• Spinal curves
• Working with chakras
• Holding space
• Work with strength

Stay tuned for enrollment information!

Society of Ortho-Bionomy Sponsored Study Group
Contact & Positioning for Equines with Special Needs
May 20th, 2021 4:00 Mountain Time
Instructor, Susan Smith

We often encounter in our work equines with special needs - who are suffering so greatly they can’t bear our hands on them, or they may at first not be able to tolerate our touch but can become comfortable with it over time. Or they really need us to contact on another level.

Through lecture and videos on contact & positioning possibilities, practitioners gain insight into ways to approach an equine with ultra sensitivities.

Possibilities may include:
• Spinal curves
• Working with chakras
• Holding space
• Work with strength

Stay tuned for enrollment information!

Equine Body Balance in Practice | 3 Hours | April 13th, 2021 | Tuesday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 03/30/2021

Equine Body Balance in Practice | 3 Hours | April 13th, 2021 | Tuesday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

April offering: Equine Body Balance in Practice, April 13th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

Questions often arise about what to do about different situations encountered while working with horses. Whether you are in business for yourself, or volunteering at the local shelter, or doing equine bodywork solely for friends and family, finding the way through different relationships and settings can be challenging without some preparation and fore-knowledge. The online class Equine Body Balance in Practice, can help with some of these concerns. Come with your questions!
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Equine Body Balance in Practice | 3 Hours | April 13th, 2021 | Tuesday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human In our online courses, questions often arise about what to do about different situations encountered while working with horses. Whether you are in business for yourself, or volunteering at the local shelter, or doing equine bodywork solely for friends and family, finding the way through different re...

03/24/2021

I wanted to share some wonderful work from our Inside Equine Pelvis class, by Andrea Zwegat. Thank you, Andrea, for the markups of the significant changes in your client horses!

I wanted to share some wonderful work from our Inside Equine Pelvis class, by Andrea Zwegat. Thank you, Andrea, for the markups of the significant changes in your client horses!

Acupressure to Get Your Horse Going Safely 03/18/2021

Acupressure to Get Your Horse Going Safely

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Acupressure to Get Your Horse Going Safely Acupressure to get your horse going safely By: Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis As the riding season begins go slowly and allow your horse to build his strength and flexibility while increasing his endurance. By adding acupressure sessions to your training regime you will be further supporting his conditi...

Reading the Horse | 5 Classes | May 4th - June 1st, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 03/10/2021

Reading the Horse | 5 Classes | May 4th - June 1st, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

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Reading the Horse | 5 Classes | May 4th - June 1st, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human We can all use help with reading the horse. In working with horses professionally, there is a need to take a read on the horse initially and to be able to understand how to proceed, where to place hands, whether to place hands on or not, where is the meeting place?

03/05/2021

Using the SureFoot Pads with a client horse. She really enjoyed them!

Using the SureFoot Pads with a client horse. She really enjoyed them!

OklahomaHorses Magazine January 2021 02/17/2021

OklahomaHorses Magazine January 2021

Great article on barefoot trimming! Featuring trimmers in Oklahoma!

OklahomaHorses Magazine January 2021 This interactive publication is created with FlippingBook, a service for streaming PDFs online. No download, no waiting. Open and start reading right away!

02/14/2021

Looking under the hood at pelvic imbalance and hunter's bump.

Looking under the hood at pelvic imbalance and hunter's bump.

Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons | 5 Classes | March 2nd - March 30th, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 02/14/2021

Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons | 5 Classes | March 2nd - March 30th, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

Do join us for this informative course on Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons - a rich study of elements that affect mobility beyond musculo-skeletal. https://susansmithsantafe.com/product/stepping-out-equine-limbs-ligaments-and-tendons-5-classes-march-2nd-march-30th-2021-tuesdays-11-a-m-2-p-m-mountain-time-zoom-online/

Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons | 5 Classes | March 2nd - March 30th, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human This course focuses on the equine limbs and the structures that contribute to the healthy movement of limbs.

Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons | 5 Classes | March 2nd - March 30th, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 02/14/2021

Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons | 5 Classes | March 2nd - March 30th, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

Join us for this informative exploration of Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons - and much more! Don't miss the Early Bird, enroll by February 28th! https://susansmithsantafe.com/product/stepping-out-equine-limbs-ligaments-and-tendons-5-classes-march-2nd-march-30th-2021-tuesdays-11-a-m-2-p-m-mountain-time-zoom-online/

Stepping Out: Equine Limbs, Ligaments and Tendons | 5 Classes | March 2nd - March 30th, 2021 | Tuesdays 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human This course focuses on the equine limbs and the structures that contribute to the healthy movement of limbs.

Equine Body Balance “Bodywork for Equines" Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 01/26/2021

Equine Body Balance “Bodywork for Equines" Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

Special offer through February 14th - a sweetheart of a deal! $25 off Bodywork for Equines Online Self-Study course. Complete at your leisure within 90 days!https://susansmithsantafe.com/product/equine-body-balance-bodyworkequines-online/

Equine Body Balance “Bodywork for Equines" Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human The online class format for Equine Body Balance “Bodywork for Equines” class is adapted from the actual hands-on class in order to provide a rewarding student experience without the student needing to leave their own homes or barns. The student may also take the course at their leisure, without ...

Tenets of Equine Health - Part II | February 23rd, 2021| Tuesday | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human 01/26/2021

Tenets of Equine Health - Part II | February 23rd, 2021| Tuesday | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human

Online Zoom Class coming up February 23rd - Tenets of Equine Health Part II - all welcome! https://susansmithsantafe.com/product/tenets-of-equine-health-part-ii-february-23-tuesday-11-a-m-2-p-m-mountain-time-zoom-online/

Tenets of Equine Health - Part II | February 23rd, 2021| Tuesday | 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mountain Time | Zoom Online - Susan Smith. A framework for healing—horse and human One of the benefits of Equine Body Balance is how the work builds resiliency, in both equine and human. Building that self-healing "reflex" is what gives us resiliency.

Our Story

Equine Body Balance offers Ortho-Bionomy and Equine Ortho-Bionomy treatments. Ortho-Bionomy is a non-force bodywork modality derived from osteopathy, developed by Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, Canadian Osteopath.

Treatments are generally 50 minutes to one hour long; in the case of people they will take place at my office and for equines, generally at the horse's barn.

What defines Ortho-Bionomy is its principles:
Preferred Posture - The body is encouraged to go in the direction it is already heading.

Towards ease, and away from pain - the body seeks out its most comfortable position, Ortho-Bionomy should never be painful.

Client/Practitioner relationship - Ortho-Bionomy is done with a client, not to them or on them.

Timing - It is important to listen for the timing, of how long to be in a particular place or position, learn what the body wants.

Body's ability to respond - The body will release and self-correct when it is ready, and only then, and this may take place over time, after the session, perhaps days later.

Re-education - this is associated with many modalities but in the case of Ortho-Bionomy, re-education allows the person to integrate change as new proprioceptive information and more functional patterns emerge. New self-awareness and conscious patterns also emerge as a result.

Less is more. The body can only absorb so much information at a time, so often the most effective method is to do less rather than more, allowing the body to process the work in the days following the session.

Conditions that respond well to Ortho-Bionomy include acute and chronic injuries, systemic issues, lymphatic, circulatory, soft tissue, fascial, structural and organic.

This is a healing modality that requires extensive training to learn. Being able to work on people or animals who are in acute injury phases and speed recovery, is one of Ortho-Bionomy's amazing qualities.

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