CranioSacral Therapy

Help for Horses and Dogs.

“Thank you again for coming to the barn and doing a treatment for Dobby. We went riding today on a trail that has a sportsman’s gun club nearby. Previously, the gun shots really bothered Dobby and made him very nervous. Today – he didn’t even blink an eye when he heard the shots! The difference was dramatic and my thought is that he did so well because of the treatment on Thursday.”

Consider CranioSacral Therapy for these conditions

Equine:  Facial nerve paralysis, Headshaking, Head injuries and traumas, Emotional problems, Spookiness, Lameness, TMJD (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction), Colic, Tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Blocked tear ducts, Castration, Cribbing, Spinal injuries, Hind end injuries and many others.

Canine: Vestibular snydrome Hip dysplasia, Facial nerve paralysis, Head injuries and traumas, Emotional problems (fears, anxiety),  Lameness, TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction), Blocked tear ducts, Castration, Spinal injuries, Hind end injuries and more.

What is CranioSacral Therapy?

CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle hands-on treatment that frees restricted motion of the bones of the skull, vertebral column and pelvis by working with the spinal covering and fluid.  The technique was originally developed by Osteopaths for humans and has since been transferred to equines and other animals.

When restrictions in the cranio-sacral system are released through this treatment, the central nervous system is improved allowing it to better relieve stress and strengthen resistance to disease.  Mobility is increased, calmness and homeostasis returns. Emotional trauma held in cells is also frequently released.

Wendy uses a very light touch, energy and intuition to guide the session.  She gives guidance and support to the self healing process in the horse or dog. This restoration and healing enables the animal to regain physical and mental balance.

Why would my horse benefit from this treatment?

Restrictions in the cranio-sacral system can affect mobility, attitude, vision, hearing, and ability to learn.  Often, what appears to be a behavior problem or change in demeanor is based in a restriction in this system.

Our regular handling of horses, riding them with bits and saddles, and injuries (known and unknown) can create restrictions.  A minor injury can create restrictions through “holding” and “protecting” the area.  Think about when you have sprained an ankle or bruised yourself.  While the minor injury is healing you “protect” the area by using other muscles and often tense muscles in fear of more pain.  Our horses also have this “protection” mechanism which can create imbalances and restrictions throughout the body.  Over time, lameness without apparent cause, spookiness, inability to take a lead or use the hind end can result.

“Harley is doing amazing. His headshaking has dramatically reduced and he seems a lot happier. He’s only had a few “bad” days recently, too few to count. Needless to say I am ecstatic with the results!! …as I know ECS is a continuing process I think it might be best for Harley to have one more session, if not more. He seems to be benefiting a lot and I think it’s in his best interest to continue! ”

Why would my dog benefit from this treatment?

Dogs have a natural ability to get themselves in trouble!  They like to jump off high places, chase things and can end up in a variety of predicaments.  When we compete with them in agility, fly ball, dock jumping, herding, and more, we risk them getting injuries, strains and sprains.  A minor injury can create restrictions through holding and protecting the area.  CranioSacral therapy can keep your dog comfortable and in competition.  CranioSacral therapy has also proven helpful in vestibular syndrome and other neurological disorders.

 “She is doing a lot better, able to stretch out more. She is moving better. We did a mile this morning on the hiking trail. I will let you know when we need to schedule another session.  You are a very gifted individual. It is amazing to watch her react while you are working with her.”

How is this different from Chiropractic Adjustments?

CranioSacral therapy does not move bones.  However, often when the soft tissue restrictions are released, the bones readjust by themselves. Many people also find that their animals hold their chiropractic adjustments much longer when CranioSacral therapy is added.

“I took Tango to the chiropractor last Friday and she only had a very minor problem with her right hip. I think she is starting to be able to self adjust. That is the best she has ever been.  Thank you again for the great work that you do.” 

How many treatments are needed?

Because most restrictions did not occur over night, to release all restrictions in one session is unrealistic.  The number of sessions depends on the degree of restrictions and the horses’ or dogs’ ability to release them.  However, many of Wendy’s clients have seen significant improvement in attitude, ability to work, headshaking and fears in as little as one treatment.

How can I schedule a session or ask you about this?

To schedule a session, contact Wendy by email ( or phone her at 715-824-2319.

Service Cost: Equine $85. per session, Canine $50. per session.

Because Wendy must travel to you, there is also a travel charge of $.50 per mile after the first 20 miles. To travel over 20 miles she will also need more than one animal.  People often bring several horses together to be seen at the same time.  Equine sessions generally take about 1 hour.  Canine sessions, about 30-40 minutes.

“I guess I should start with Thank You! I arrived back at the ranch for Labor Day weekend. This is the first time I have been with Siobhan since you worked on her a few weeks ago. You have made a tremendous difference in her. We have gone on two trail rides in the woods. She has been perfectly calm, but alert. I was able to ride her with a very loose rein. I could tell she was interested in looking at everything, especially things on her left side. This morning, when riding along the lake shore, we spooked a blue Heron that neither of us saw. We were maybe 20 feet from it when it flew over the lake. Siobhan took one quicker step, then watched it fly. You can guess what her old reaction would have been! You can almost feel the calmness in her – something I have surely never felt with her before. Elsie told me that for a few days after you left, Siobhan would stand off by herself for long periods of time. Also, for about two weeks, she was very calm in the barn. No kicking or beating on her stall. I also noticed that she is opening her left eye wider. In looking at pictures, I had never really noticed that she tended to squint a bit. I was not expecting this level of results. If only I had known about her pain before. For several years I have been attempting to train her through it, when all along her focus could not have been completely on me.”