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KERRY'S CORNER, QUESTION

In response to a trend of several related questions, I have decided that this time around I would try an address a common theme of inquiry regarding my opinions on imprinting and the principles of Light Touch Therapy.

ANSWER

I first off want to thank all of you for posing very good questions.

I do believe in foal imprinting and readily advocate its importance. Moreover, my area of Assimilated Imprinting for the older/growing horse is also just as natural a form of emotional adjustments as happens in nature. I truly feel as far as imprinting is concerned, that it is a naturally occurring circumstance for animals, prey or predator, throughout his or her life. The only thing that changes are the ways in which information is interpreted as it is layered; experience over experience.

In regards to Light Touch Therapy, I have designed LTT to have two main purposes when it comes to releasing stress and promoting wellness for both physical and emotional health. LTT can be applied and formed to fit many different circumstances and is formed to fit the horse's needs on the physical and emotional level. Centered in three areas, basic LTT as a daily maintenance and stress release centers on stress dissemination having to do with the demands on the horse in the artificial environment and becomes a useful life-coaching amendment to your equine's wellness.

LTT Convalescence is specifically stream-lined for the horse before and after procedures, and can be designed for protracted convalescence care that is a life assist for the horse that is healing and who will be forced to live life with impairments heretofore unknown.

The Harmony Project embraces specialized LTT sessions for the high stresses endured by the athlete both before and after any training, event or race. These strategically designed sessions are developed to harness the focus of the horse, releasing anxieties relative to the high stresses that are involved in competition. Before an event, The Harmony Project works to balance the mind and body and assists in the horse's ability to focus on the task or challenge before them, while after an event the sessions are designed as a balanced emotional come-down.

Both are important factors in keeping at bay the many possible negative triggers associated with the circumstance that could become a potential withhold in the future. Physically it is very light stimulation that is designed to stimulate the neurovascular and neuromuscular/innervated systems sending powerful energy/electric like impulses between nerve and muscle. Working as a coefficient to the physical, LTT is equally designed to center the equine focus through various mental stimulations and breathing which manipulates the way the brain is interpreting the physical stimuli. In effect, LTT shrinks the equine circle of life to a very small center to allow the horse the freedom of natural stress release.

Based on previous Individual Horse Personality, or IHP assessments, concentrated stimuli can be introduced both physically and mentally which serves to promote deep emotional concentration, not unlike our being so deeply focused on something that outside influences fail to be recognized as easily as they would be normally. (Also key component behind the effectiveness of Restless Eye Movement, or REM training) LTT applications are wide ranging and can be beneficial for the horse in many different areas and is an effective tool to life coaching the rehabilitating horse as well as the young, impressionable horse.

Complimentary information can be found in the A View From The Hoof research essay series in both the "Horse Behavior In Focus" essay from winter 2009 and the spring 2009 release of "Potential Withholds, Mental Illness and the Equine Athlete."

Thanks to all those who write in.

Kerry

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