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Equine Brain Gym

 After studying the 26 Brain Gym movements created by Drs Paul and Gail Dennison, I was able to apply these to the horse, and figured out how to read which part of the brain he was using, which part needed to be ‘lit up’ to perform the task I desired, and how to integrate his whole brain to get the best performance 

Equine Brain Gym

Intro

Drs Paul and Gail Dennison created a program for learning disabled children and called it ‘Brain Gym’. 


They found the key to learning was movement, and different movements light up different parts of the brain. Different parts of the brain are needed to learn specific things, like math, reading and memorization. 


They created 26 different movements designed to light up specific areas of the brain as needed. They also discovered that one needs full brain integration, all parts working together to complete more complicated tasks, like word problems for people and flying changes for horses. 


After studying their movements, I was able to apply these to the horse, and figured out how to read which part of the brain he was using, which part needed to be ‘lit up’ to perform the task I desired, and how to integrate his whole brain to get the best performance.  

Left Brain

- Details 

- piece by piece

- transitions

- analytical

- respond after thinking

- leadership


Left Brain corresponds to:

- Upper Muscle Chain – ends in poll

- Front Legs – cross to establish leadership

Right Brain

- big picture

- rhythm

- patterns

- react without thinking

- mirroring

- quality and regularity of gaits

- energy/emotions


Right Brain corresponds to:

- Lower Muscle Chain – ends in tongue

- Back legs – cross to get out of survival/fear mode and contain emotions


Brain Integration

– Sideways

-   ‘Lazy 8”