Treatments for horses

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Case studies in the Hoefslag

Cranio Sacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy stems from osteopathy. In the19th century, physician-osteopath William Sutherland discovered that the skull, the spinal column and the sacrum are connected to each other via the cerebrospinal fluid. This cranioscrale fluid is located around the nerve pathways and the brain and moves throughout the body, in a very slow rhythm.

Disruptions in this system can cause various complaints. The supply and discharge of cerebrospinal fluid to the nervous system stagnates, so that the nervous system can no longer properly dispose of its waste products.This can cause complaints such as behavioral changes, hormonal imbalance, weakened immune system, digestive complaints, movement complaints, and so on.

Interplay and techniques

My craniosacral approach focuses on the interplay of physical, emotional and mental layers that together form the essence of a horse. If all these layers are healed and connected on a conscious and unconscious level, the horse is optimally in his or her own skin and can perform to the maximum.

I use various hands-on techniques on the horse's body and skull to free the body from blockages that limit the musculoskeletal system. I mainly work on the head, spine and pelvis of a horse. The result of my treatments is that the mobility of the tissue improves, the vitality increases and the self-healing capacity of the body is stimulated or reactivated.



For example, Vivaldi used this therapy during the build-up after an injury. After approval of the veterinarian

Impressions case art craniosacral therapy and more

Photoshoot de Hoefslag April 2023

Vivaldi as a model

After anamnesis and acquaintance. Impression in position and in motion

Gentle touches provide relaxation

Treatment of riding horses Apeldoorn

Craniosacral Treatment Norah

Meet Norah and Lindsey. Lindsey asked me if I could help her Norah.

Norah and Lindsey
Norah, Lindsey and family

Mare 2 years. After rearing, developed the habit of biting and sucking on her tongue. Let her tongue hang out of her mouth to the left. As a result, a lot of tension in the muscles left jaw and shoulder.

After asking everything to see if there were no other causes for this behavior, we decided that it was safe to give her a first craniosacral treatment.

Norah responded immediately by undergoing the treatment relaxed. Even with all her herd mates who kind of piggybacked on the treatment.

The next day I received this video with the beautiful text 'she hasn't done this for a long time'. The tongue not seen anymore. Only occasionally when she is stressed by a leading mare in the herd.

Norah after the first craniosacral treatment

I look forward to what else a second treatment will bring.

To have special experiences during the 2nd craniosacral treatment of Norah. On the pictures you can see the transition from stress to relaxing.

Happy with my profession.

Nice to be able to treat animals in their own place. Thank you for your trust.

Norah starts 2nd treatment
Norah end of 2nd treatment

Movies Craniosacral treatment Flamenco

Flam was very restless and tense when I came and I think it's great that I was able to bring her back to rest.

Second day

The day after the first treatment of Flamenca I received the videos and photo of Saskia and Sophie below. Peace has returned. Let's wait and see if chewing the tongue will become even less.

Homeopathy uses complementary

Indy, a KWPN member had ended up in a dirty hook. The skin, pants muscle and underlying tissues were severely damaged. The vet sutured the wound and administered antibiotics. The attending physician feared that the wound would probably not heal nicely. In consultation, a number of additional homeopathic remedies were chosen. Despite the fact that the stitches did not last and the wound opened again, it eventually healed very nicely.

Horse massage for smooth horses in balance

Blogs in Hoefslag magazine about massage for horses

Blog Martine du Floo | Massage for horses (part 2) | The independent horse (sports) medium (

Does your horse ever suffer from excessive muscle tension or stiffness? A massage can then provide relief. By having your horse massaged, other problems can also come to light early, which can then be treated at an early stage. Think of problems with the teeth or saddle, or overload due to training.

A massage has both a supportive and preventive effect and ensures a smooth horse in balance.

Since 2008 I am a masseur of horses and I give horse massages on location. In addition to regular massages, I also apply pressure point massage. This ensures that muscle fibers tighten and relax that normally cannot (or cannot) be included in training. During the massages I often use Reiki; A treatment that, like homeopathy, is based on the self-healing capacity of the body. Reiki is a Japanese healing method in which universal life energy is transmitted to the recipient through the reiki practitioner. This energy has a harmonizing effect on energy channels and chakras.

Massages are always performed on location.

Massage Vivaldi

Customer reaction build-up program young horse

It was always a dream for me to have a stallion and to ride.

My dream came true.

I then asked Martine du Floo if she would help me with learning. I had always said that I would no longer teach a horse and thought about handing over that part.

But Martine persuaded me to do it myself because it would have a positive effect on becoming a good combination.

She helped me with the groundwork with my young stallion, 'freestyling', single lunge and double lunge.

After this great experience, I believe that every horse that is called must first have done groundwork with the owner. You learn so much about the character of the horse and the body language.

In addition, you build trust and mutual respect and patience and you see where more attention is needed when you drive later. I notice that my young animal and I have grown very close to each other as a result.

He has a lot of talent as a sport horse and Martine has indicated that you have to be patient and protect the animal from itself.

Young animals, just like young children, are still growing. Physically and mentally, according to Martine. So give it time, then you get a lot in return and you may avoid injuries. The body also gets the chance to mature.

After freestyling quietly started lunging and later also learned to work with the double lunge.

Of course spread over the week and plenty of room to play and recover mentally and physically. Martine advised to buy him a ball with which he could also play.

After the groundwork, let it get used to the saddle and hang a few times. At one point it felt good and I carefully sat on it. He never took a step wrong.

The first time we want to learn something new, he finds it exciting, but the second time he picks it up super.

Martine advised me to contact a good instructor before driving so that a follow-up could be started on the learned groundwork.

The driving is going great now, but it is important to draw up a responsible training program together with an instructor and Martine, where the groundwork and fun will not be forgotten.

The horse really has to do it for the rider or rider and certainly not the other way around, because there are often accidents. Everything really has to be done with policy, that's where you achieve the most and you can enjoy a lot together.

My horse friend really does it all for me now and has a lot of fun in the work and trust in me, because he has not had any bad experiences at all. Even now, we do something different every day. He also loves to play football.

I think a combination should have fun together in the sport.

Also in the future. Thank you Martine du Floo for your help.

Blog in Hoefslag magazine about the importance of good groundwork

Balanced horse feed

The "new feeding" of Equilin is a completely balanced nutritional advice and a matching range that keeps your horse healthier and allows it to recover better. The natural roughage is always the basis for this. Equilin continues to investigate with the blinders off so that research always takes place in the field of nutrition for horses. I give advice on this and you can then order what I have advised for your horse via the Equilin site by means of a code.