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Oct 15, 2019

The Masterson Method with Will Friday

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Will Friday is a Masterson Method Certified Practitioner.  I ran across Will Friday at the Skills of the Rancho this summer.  The Skills celebrates the tradition of the Californio Bridlehorse.  I was walking around the stables when I saw this man doing what looked like a cross between chiropractic and massage on a horse in the breezeway.  I stood and watched for a while and found the procedure fascinating.  As Will skillfully tugged, pulled, and laid his fingers on the horse, I could see the horse relax.  In our short conversation that day, Will said he was trying to let the horse release tension and soreness in his body using the Masterson Method.

The Masterson Method, developed by horseman Jim Masterson, is a systematic way of releasing tension and soreness in horses.  The procedure can last between 1 and 2 hours as the practitioner places fingers along the horse's body looking for areas of tension and soreness.

I contacted Will at his company Performance Equine BodyWork.  He invited me to a Parelli clinic that was being hosted by one of his clients at the 3L Ranch.  Owners of the ranch, Maurice Thibault and Susan Nelson, invited me to come up and observe the clinic and watch Will work on some of their clinic horses.  Both Maurice and Susan are 4-Star Parelli Professionals.

Here are the links from the show:

Performance Equine Bodywork Facebook

The Masterson Method Website

3L Ranch

Parelli Professionals

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