Emmett for Horses

In the equine world, balance and pain-free movement for both horse and rider are essential. Emmett Therapy is not restricted to competitive riders and their horses.

The impact may be dramatic even for first-time clients. The results of an Emmett treatment can often be instantaneous with improved recovery, better performance and enhanced quality of life.

An equine session can take between 50 - 70 minutes.

Emmett treatments improve the recovery from workouts helping competition horses achieve peak performance. It can also address specific issues and concerns such as lameness, muscle restrictions, saddle soreness, uneven gait and a general lack of performance.

The Emmett technique is a gentle, effective, safe muscle release therapy. It helps to address pain and discomfort, improve body movement and promotes a positive emotional/behavioural state.

What is Emmett Technique?

The Emmett technique is a unique body therapy developed by Ross Emmett and taught in over 26 countries worldwide. It is equally effective on both animals and people. This technique is an amazingly effective, gentle, safe and easy to apply muscle release therapy.

How does Emmett for Horses work?

It involves the application of light finger pressure to specific points referred to as “Emmett Points” which stimulate the body’s ability to change muscle tension and action. The points are not the same as any points described in other therapies.  This stimulation is registered by the nervous system and the brain responds by sending new instructions back through the body.

In my experience, the Emmett technique has the amazing ability to influence whole areas of the body, not just the muscle groups being worked on.

Balance 4 Horse and Rider provides behavioural management in combination with Emmett muscle release therapy, aiming to deepen the bond by balancing the emotional attitude and muscular system of both the horse and rider.

Thank you, I’m so blown away by Copper’s response, he’s relaxed and non-threatening… So I’m relaxed and feel safer around him, it is truly amazing!

You have such a gift to read and communicate with horses the way that you do, and to train humans too xxx  

Fiona  -  Foveran   November 2016


Very impressed with the results of Emmett. My horse had one treatment 2 weeks ago. Apart from the fact that she clearly enjoyed it and was very relaxed throughout (she is a horse that moves away from touch doesn't particularly like being groomed and is very sensitive) I felt the benefits in her ridden work about 3 days after her treatment. Much more even on both reins (she had become quite one sided and resistant to give me right bend) now feeling much more loose and relaxed in her work and soft on both reins.

Lucy  -  Turriff   October 2016


Lovely ladies who know their job! Our horses are always happy to see them and enjoy the therapy, would definitely recommend!

Pauline Anne   August 2016


Been to see us several times and quite amazed!

John  -  Newmachar   July 2016

Symptoms that Emmett for Horses can address

  • Behavioural issues
  • Sports injuries/accidents
  • Saddle soreness
  • Girthing issues
  • Back and lumbar area tension
  • Unbalanced head carriage
  • Poor performance

Rider symptoms that Emmett Technique can improve

  • Back and hip pain
  • Neck and shoulder restrictions
  • Stiffness
  • Hand grip
  • Unbalanced seat
  • Leg position
  • Poor foot flexion

Behavioural Management

wendy-bay-horse-600x900pxIt is well known that horses have a highly developed communication system practiced through body language.

When working with horses, my training method is based on understanding and working with the horse’s natural instincts and their ways of communicating.

Ground work is an integral part of what I believe consolidates a partnership when training or retraining.

Behavioural change and a balanced partnership with the horse results in a totally willing and relaxed horse.

Horses learn from the release of pressure, not the pressure itself. Pressure does not mean force. It should be just enough for the horse to respond.

Pressure can be as light as just a look towards the point on the horse in which I want to influence. If given the opportunity to respond to the look, the outcome is an extremely responsive horse to very light pressure and the horse then is making his/her own decision as opposed to being forced to conform which can lead to behavioural issues such as a horse that is unmotivated, rears, rushes etc.

To begin behaviour changes the horse may not respond to the look so then pressure is placed on the body and released the very moment the horse has given the slightest try. Timing is imperative to the success of the lesson being taught.

My Philosphy

emmett-outdoorsI am passionate about the safety and kind treatment of horses.

There are many great horsemen and women who have made an incredible difference to the way horses are treated and the way people can develop a bond with their horse.

Like these horsemen, I love to make a positive difference to people’s and horses lives through education and patience, allowing people to have their own beliefs and the possibility of accepting a few new ideas which complement the discipline that the horse and rider are involved in.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to learn the Emmett technique and see the wonderful emotional and physical changes it can make for horses and people.

Exciting times ahead.