Entries by Kathy Kerber

Christmas treats for your horse!

I know how much my Equine Hanna Somatics clients (aka, horses) love their owners to offer them treats! For those of you looking for something to “make” for your horse, like a Christmas cookie-type snack, I went online looking for some ideas. This site looks interesting and the treats don’t look unhealthy to me (though I’m […]

Is This Tiger Really Stretching?

Every morning when my dog gets up he does this same pose that the tiger is doing here. But is it really a stretch? If you think about it, stretching is when you reach for something, going beyond the normal range of motion you do in normal everyday activities. Merriam-Webster defines the word stretch in […]

Pony Trekking Along Scotland’s Loch Lomond

OK, I totally get it now. Many of my equestrian clients have tightness in their legs, backs and issues with their knees. After a 2-hour pony trek while on our recent vacation, I felt first-hand what my equestrian clients must feel after a long ride! Even though I love horses and also do Equine Hanna […]

Double Knee Replacements Are on the Rise

This week’s Wall Street Journal reports that bilateral knee surgeries are on the rise. Laura Landro reported, “The rate of knee replacements in the U.S. has almost doubled from 2000-2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and now exceeds 700,000 procedures a year.” Landro cited, “A 2013 study in the Journal of […]

Relax Your Back!

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times from your riding instructor, relax your back! You try and try to relax, and still you hear about it. It is not easy to relax your back on demand and probably impossible for most of us! If you look at the statistics of back […]

A Conference

This photo was taken after an Equine Hanna Somatics session with Jack (the dark horse with his hind facing the camera). After completing about half of the protocol, his buddies gathered and started talking with him, as if to say, “What are you up to?” He couldn’t resist after a certain amount of pestering, and […]

Dancing Jack

Today, I was reminded that while you may have goals for your Somatics session with a horse, nature can change things mighty quick! So here we are having a wonderful Equine Hanna Somatics session and Jack the Thoroughbred sees something quite distant from the round pen and becomes alert! Good thing we got some really […]

Could Over-Exercising be a Cause of Back Pain?

I read a recent WSJ article entitled, “How Much Work Can the Back Do Without Strain?” in which Dr. Kee Kim, chief of spinal neurosurgery at UC Davis talked about how to work with your back and not go overboard. The article starts with some serious stats on back pain in America. Would you believe […]