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By Miriam Boutros-Dale|February 16th, 2018

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Subject: AHP NEWSGROUP: First Annual Masterson Method Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork Educational Conference with Jim Masterson, Mark Rashid, Jochen Schleese and Jerry Schmidt


February 13, 2018

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Improving performance, communication, and relationship with your horse.

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First Annual Masterson Method® Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork Educational Conference with Jim Masterson, Mark Rashid, Jochen Schleese and Jerry Schmidt

The first ever Masterson Method Educational Conference for Certified Practitioners and those on the Masterson Method Certification path just wound down at the White Stallion Ranch, in Tucson, AZ.  A well-known group of horsemen were on hand to present their field of expertise.

First up Saturday morning was Mark Rashid (pronounced RASH-id) who presented “Horse Biomechanics in Movement:  Recognizing Subtle Physical Issues in Movement of the Horse.”  Mark is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer known for his ability to understand the horse’s point of view and solve difficult problems with communication rather than force.

Mark also started the conference with a bang Friday night. Mark, a renowned musician, jammed with his friend Brad Fitch at the “meet and greet” bonfire. Brad is booked all over the US for John Denver tribute concerts.  It was a great way to start a weekend of connection, learning, and fun!

Saturday afternoon, Jerry Schmidt an equine dentist from Washington State spoke about “Teeth and the Horse’s Body.”  All presentations started in the Longhorn room and ended up with ‘hands-on’ demonstrations.

Jochen Schleese followed on Sunday morning with a presentation on, “Fine Points of Saddle Fit on the Horse.”  Jochen established Saddlefit 4 Life® as an independent organization to teach saddle fit evaluation and analyses, and to certify professionals in equine and saddle ergonomics.

Finally, Jim Masterson rounded out the program, Sunday afternoon with a bodywork presentation, with an emphasis on “mystery lameness”.   Jim showed how The Masterson Method® bodywork can ease, enhance and reset physical Interconnections deep within the equine body.

When Jim Masterson first started his certification program in the Masterson Method Integrated Equine Bodywork, he had in the back of his mind to create ways to keep the community of certified practitioners together and provide opportunities for them to learn more and become better at what they do. 

With this conference, the Masterson Method took their first bid towards helping their practitioners broaden their effectiveness, expand their business as providers and come together as a group to exchange ideas and learn from those top in their respective field.

About the Masterson Method® of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork: The Masterson Method is an integrated, multi-modality method of equine massage. It is a unique, interactive method of equine massage in which you learn to recognize and use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance. In contrast to most traditional modalities, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. It is something you do with the horse, rather than to the horse. This participation and interaction are what makes the method fascinating for those who use it. In fact, if you do not allow the horse to participate, it does not work!

To find out more about The Masterson Method® techniques, books and seminars leading to certification go to


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“I am extremely excited to be working with the high-tech saddle company Schleese.  Their innovative and ergonomic saddle design and saddle fit analyses not only fosters optimal performance, it helps protect against pain and long-term damage to both horse and rider.” “Biomechanics and injury prevention are fundamental building blocks of my methods; as a result I have done extensive research into saddle companies, their design technologies and core concepts.  The mere fact that Schleese saddles are offered in male or female pelvis versions caught my attention. I was immediately drawn to the scientific and innovative design of Schleese saddles.” “Under Schleese saddles, my horses feel comfortable and readily offer to use their whole bodies right from the beginning of each training session. The Schleese design does not touch any triggers and the wide channel gives clearance to the ligaments running along the horse’s back all while ensuring a steady and biomechanically superior bearing surface. This all helps my horses raise their toplines and really use their neck, withers and with their engaged and stable core, offer me their raised and swinging back. Without this, it is impossible to engage the hind-legs or obtain shoulder freedom.” “Schleese saddles allow me to sit forward over the horse’s center of gravity without sacrificing the option of a deep seat.  It supports correct position without locking me into one position.  I am able to fine-tune my position to influence my horses with greater freedom and more precise results.  In the Schleese saddle I can both affect and follow my horses to a high degree.” “Within the first week I witnessed dramatic results in topline improvement and my horses’ general way of going.   Students are experiencing a positive boost in their improvement which is creating great momentum for the winter months. I look forward to what is in store for our future with Schleese.”  

— David Thind - Walpole, MA

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