Working on "Peggy" a 25 year old Welsh cob.
This "head up" work is a Masterson Method ® technique which helps to release tension in the poll, atlas and surrounding areas. This will improve the horses comfort and range of movement. I am encouraging her to relax the weight of her head into my shoulder or arm during the technique.
The huge yawn she does is a sign of her releasing tension and endorphins, as is the licking and chewing and general over all impression of sleepiness. Just before she starts repeatedly yawning, I felt a release (softening of the area) under my hand near the poll. She felt something too as you can see!
Towards the end of the video you can see her, head down looking sleepy, licking and chewing sort of in a "trance".
We call this the nervous system "processing" the changes and resetting areas which have released tension. Someone once likened it to " buffering" on a website video!
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