Stefanie Reinhold – Equine Wellness Specialist

by Free Speech on May 12, 2009

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Lodi, Wisconsin-5/12/09
by Carole Roche

For Stefanie Reinhold, a certified equine massage practitioner and horse wellness expert, it is Cody, her 17 year old Paint, who has continued to provide day-to-day proof of the life-changing results of equine body work.  “Cody had been left at a horse rescue group several years ago due to a chronic bucking problem which made him unadoptable, “ said Reinhold.  “I began to work with him and quickly suspected that he must be suffering from pain and discomfort in his back.  My vet confirmed that he was generally healthy, and after three months of equine bodywork and gymnasticizing, he was well enough to carry a rider without discomfort.”

“Two years ago, I adopted Cody, and he is now ridden regularly with no problem, “ she added.

Reinhold, who moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 2006, was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, and emigrated to the United States in 1998.  “Growing up in Germany, I was a horse-crazed city kid, and took every opportunity I could to ride, “ said Reinhold. “Still, I wasn’t able to own my own horse, and ultimately decided to become a trainer.

“ I completed the  ‘Bereiter’  apprenticeship in Germany, then came to the United States for the first time in the early 80‘s,“said Reinhold. “

Since then, Reinhold has increased her knowledge and expertise in the field of equine bodywork  by attaining an equine massage practitioner certificate from the Western Montana School for Equine Massage in 2007, and in 2008, was certified in the Masterson Method of Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork.™ (Jim Masterson is the equine massage therapist for the  United States Equestrian Team. )

Stefanie Reinhold and a patient

Stefanie Reinhold and a patieint

Over the years, Reinhold has worked with horses brought to her with a wide range of performance and behavior problems including: refusal to take a lead, unwilling to change gaits,  bucking or crow hopping and performance decline – behaviors that can be indicators of muscular stiffness, soreness, or muscle spasms.

“After all, we humans ask horses to perform a large number of tasks they wouldn’t  naturally perform such as carrying saddles and riders, jumping over fences, and pulling loads up to nine times their own body weight,” she said. “This poses a great strain to the equine anatomy. “Is it any wonder that they benefit from massage and bodywork just as any athlete would?“

Reinhold’s goals in working with a horse are focused on “eliminating muscle pain, stiffness and tension in muscles and tissues, and resolving pain and trauma-related performance or behavior issues,” and  – with vet approval for horses recovering from injury or trauma to “support healing and recovery by increasing blood flow and relaxation.”

Her bodywork and massage techniques are geared to the individual needs of each horse with her main focus the Masterson Method™ complemented by Sports Massage, Chinese and Meridian Massage.  A full body routine lasts about an hour and a half and Reinhold always “leaves clients with things they can do on their own.”

The results are often an increase in a horse’s general wellbeing without the use of  gimmicks, special equipment or substances, and while Reinhold’s focus is on “restoring optimal performance to sport and performance horses,  she is “interested in all horses and their respective jobs and situations.“

“My goal is to continue practicing, studying and expanding my knowledge of equine massage and bodywork  and to use this knowledge to improve the lives of the animals I work with.”

NOTE: Equine massage and bodywork is a non-invasive, gentle wellness modality aimed at enhancing performance in the healthy horse and is not for the diagnosis or treatment of illness.  If in doubt regarding the physical health omf your horse please consult your veterinarian.

For further information on equine massage and bodywork as well as details on Horse Wellness Seminars * or to schedule an appointment, contact Stephanie Reinhold at 608-233-9518 or at stef@reinholdhorsewellness.com. Further information is also available online at www.reinholdshorsewellness.com.

*Reinhold’s Horse Wellness Seminars introduce basic concepts of equine anatomy, biomechanics and gymnasticzing to optimize equine wellness.  A seminar on ‘How to Keep Your Horse’s Back Healthy’ was given to the Madison Mounted Police Patrol earlier this year.

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