White Willow Therapies, LLC

Manual Healing and Tension Release Therapy Benefits for Horses

Regardless of the job or place in your life, your horse is valuable. Keeping your horse(s) healthy, happy, pain free and moving easily will improve their quality of life. It offers peace of mind, keeps you in the saddle and allows you to enjoy the time spent riding your horse(s). MHRT is a whole body, non-invasive, non-chemical approach to health and wellness that can help save time and money in the long run.

The benefits of MHRT to your horse will be predominantly seen in three categories: performance, pain and illness; and natural preventative care.


         Improves Performance

         Allows the Opportunity to Reach Maximum Potential

         Release of Tension and Stress

         Improves Attitude and Work Ethic

         Assists in Improving Saddling Behavior

         Increases Freedom of Movement in the Gaits Ė

o        Elasticity, Extension, Collection, Gait and Lead Changes, etc 

Pain and Illness

         Relieves Pain - Acute and Chronic

         Assists Recovery from Illness and Injury

         Strengthens Immune System

         Releases Lingering Tension from Old Injuries and Scar Tissue

  • Eases Arthritis Discomfort

Natural Preventative Care

         Body Balancing to help avoid injuries, arthritis and illness 

         Helps Extend Working Careers

         Allows Better and Easier Breathing

         Assists in Balance

         Relaxes and Rejuvenates

Even though a horse is able to adapt to and compensate for injuries and restrictions in the bodyís tissues very quickly to assure survival, it will make them less efficient and more prone to break down and injury over time. By treating tissue tension you will help keep your horse(s) working instead of sitting on the sidelines.

A study done by the University of Bristol in the UK showed that a horse can perform at 10% natural functionality while appearing to be 100% sound. Imagine how lame a horse really is before they start showing signs. Now imagine how incredible that horse could be and really is pain free!

Pain or Attitude

Pain, restricted movement and illness can cause a negative attitude change in a horse. When a horse is asked to work when they are not well or in pain the activity begins to resemble torture. Their work ethic and overall personality may change for the worst. The only way they have to tell us that they hurt or donít feel well is to act out.

Your horse may be trying to tell you something if they are:

         Poor saddling behavior

         Wringing their tail, tightening or flattening their ears when asked for gait or lead changes

         Refusing and/or unable to pick up/hold a gait or lead

         Incapable of previously attained collection or extension




         New poor behavior for the farrier/trimmer

         Or other negative behaviors

Horses who are in pain or having tissue restrictions are often punished and labeled unfairly. The horse becomes "lazy", has a "poor attitude", is "witchy", "just stubborn", a "poor doer", the list goes on! So many times a horse is expected to perform at their best in pain and without freedom of movement. Think about how well we are able to move around with a rock in our shoe or with back pain. Not very well!

Our partnership and time spent with our horses is supposed to be enjoyable, not torment for the participants. Listening to what they tell us and ruling out a pain problem can save an owner and their horse a lot of frustration, upset, wasted effort, training fees where goals are never met, replaced equipment and battles.