Kinesiology and Horses

Kinesiology and Horses
Alison Zeidler, RCRT, CEMT, QTP/I


Muscle Testing (Specialized Kinesiology) rocks!  Especially when working with animals (and I love working with animals)!  Goal setting and emotional clearing allow us to get deeper and clear out so much stress, and are able to give our animal companions a new lease on life.  I have two examples:

I had been working with Radar over the last couple of months, a beautiful 18 year old registered Paint.  A couple of years ago, he had gotten tangled in his lead rope while tethered and injured his right shoulder, and then last year while out for a trail ride, he tripped while running and both he and his rider went down. In our first two appointments, we did mostly bodywork with a bit of emotional clearing, but in our final session we used muscle testing to ask Radar what his priority was.

He still had a fairly choppy movement when walking, showing definite restriction and tightness in his front right leg and shoulder at the beginning of the session. And while Radar`s shoulder still needed attention, when we asked what his priority was, he wanted bodywork done on his neck and front legs.  We then asked about the supplements he’d been getting, as his owner reported he had recently begun looking at his stomach a lot.  Through a series of questions, it seemed that the new bag of alfalfa pellets may have triggered a bit of a sensitivity and Radar wanted off the pellets for 2 ½ weeks.  I proposed that we re-check the frequency and amount of the pellets he can have at that time.
We ended with a short ESR (Emotional Stress Release) session relating to the accident(s).  As Radar is such a calm horse, I had one hand on his forehead and one hand on his owner’s forehead, while she held Radar’s poll (between his ears) with one hand and her other hand on her own occipital region.  I led them through a visualization of cantering down the same trail, being surefooted with no tripping, and having a lovely safe trail ride.

After asking if there was anything further we needed before we ended the session, we found that Radar had some emotional concerns about the family dog that had passed away approximately 2 years prior. He had not had the chance to say goodbye to the family dog and it was important to him.  I suggested that the owner find a quiet time and energetically connect with both the family dog and Radar together.  Sending love to them both would be an easy way to allow Radar the opportunity to say goodbye.

Once we were done, we rechecked his gait and both his right front leg and shoulder moved with much greater ease and fluidity.  We had made a marked difference in his mobility by clearing out emotional stress and listening to what his priorities were!

My other example is a horse named Finesse. She is an 11 year old Warmblood, 16.2 hands. She is an orphan and was found in her stall with her dead mother when she was only one month old.  The loss of her mother has affected her, and she is more bonded to her penmate, Monty, than to her owner, calling and pacing incessantly until he comes back.  She becomes very agitated and unfocused if she is separated from him or if there are other commotions going on at the barn. While she is more focused during groundwork training and does well at liberty (without using a halter), riding is challenging. Finesse tends to be rushy, prances and tosses her head continually, feels like a freight train and doesn’t respond easily to the riding aids her owner uses.  Her owner is a very experienced rider and trainer, and while extensive training over the last several years has made some differences to her behaviour, it is a slow progression.

Last week, we decided to do a goal balance for both the owner and Finesse, and to ask what Finesse’s own priorities were in relation to that goal.  The goal we came up with was: “Finesse and I are deeply and firmly connected; she moves freely and easily with my seat and core”.

We asked Finesse if her priority was physical, mental, emotional or nutritional, in relation to that goal.  Her first priority was mental.  While her owner is quite driven to perform and progress in her training, over the last few years they have been working on keeping Finesse`s mind more engaged such as going for walks, doing more groundwork and being exposed to new things. Finesse’s priority in our session was to continue doing more of that, as she wanted to play more versus doing more focused “training”.


Finesse’s second priority in relation to the goal was emotional.  This second priority also tied in with her being orphaned.  Holding the  Emotional Stress Release points on Finesse head, we talked through how afraid and abandoned she must have felt being left alone with her dead mother, clearing out shame, heartache, terror and nervousness.  We then talked through the notion that she was now loved and safe she and didn’t need to be afraid anymore, instilling a sense of confidence and courage.

Nothing else seemed to be needed, so we put her back in her pen, and took Monty out for his session.  Finesse simply looked at us in a very calm and connected manner, and never once called for Monty in the 30 minutes he was out of sight.  The owner was amazed, as was I.

Goal setting and emotional clearing allows our muscle testing sessions to have so much more impact, and of course, it’s fun too!


Alison Elemental Holistic Therapies in 2009 in Whitehorse, Yukon, offering services to both people and their animals.  Her designations include an IKC assessed Touch for Health® practitioner; a Quantum Touch® practitioner and instructor; a Registered Canadian Reflexology Therapist; and an Advanced Certified Equine Massage Therapist, recently obtaining certificates in Body Management® and Animal Management.  She blends her extensive training and intuitive skills, offering the best to her clients, both humans and animals.  For more information, check out her websites.


Brain Issue : Fall 2017

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