the masterson method
Aired July 12, 2019
"Without a doubt, Jim Masterson's work is AMAZING! It is gentle, effective and strengthens the bond and communication between you and your horse. His method directly complements what I do while training. For me, it's the perfect combination of both 'physical therapy' from the ground and from the saddle."
— Jane Savoie, Olympic Coach, Speaker, Clinician, and US Dressage Team Alternate
Jim Masterson served as the Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006 through 2014 USET Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions.
He is renowned for teaching a unique method of equine bodywork for equine massage therapists and horse owners in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, Jim developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. The result is an effective method of equine massage body work that anyone can learn to use to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse.
Jim has been a presenter to large crowds of enthusiastic horse owners at Equitana Asia Pacific and Equine Affaire equine conventions and Your Horse Live event in the UK. Jim has presented The Masterson Method techniques at many Horse Expos and Horse Fairs around the US.
Jim has worked on the U.S. Hunter-Jumper Show circuit, including top equine competitors in events such as the USEF and Maclay Medal series, and FEI Grand Prix, Nation’s Cup, Pan American and World Cup jumping events. He has helped members of the USET Singles Driving Team (prior to the 2010 Championships in Italy) and members of the USET Jumping team.
“It is impossible to overestimate Jim’s ability to keep performance horses working at their peak level. Simply put, he is like having a secret weapon.”
— USET Endurance Team