The Equine Skull is made up of 26 individual plates of bone, these are joined together by Sutures, which act like joints between the Cranial bones, and are designed to help disperse the energy from an impact to the Skull. All bone is healthy living tissue and has both a blood supply and a fatty tissue, giving it a degree of natural pliability.
The bones may become jammed as a result of head trauma which can lead to neurological conditions. Craniosacral work focuses on restoring balance throughout this structure and the rest of the body.
The photograph below of part of the skull of a young horse shows that the plates are not fused together and are naturally pliable.
A new born foal is even more sensitive to the pressures we place on its’ head. Its’ Skull is made up of even more individual plates and continues developing and do nut fuse until they are 5 – 6 years in the case of some Warmbloods, this can be as late as 7 or 8 years old.
Tight head collars or any significant external pressure on a young horse’s skull may have a long-term negative effect on the horse, which if left untreated, may result in behavioral issues or worse still, biomechanical issues which may limit the long-term performance of the horse.
The great news is that ECS therapy can help resolve these issues!