Equine Holistic Training - home study distance learning courses in equine massage therapy and equine sports massage therapy - with practical training days included


The Endocrine System
Your horses endocrine system is a very complex, integrated and not yet fully understood physiological working system consisting of various glands situated in and around your horses body. Each individual gland works to produce and secrete its own hormone into the blood flow or lymphatic flow, working to regulate internal long term or immediate short term changes inside your horses body, creating both physical and psychological results
A gland is a body part, body organ or a collective group of cells within a body part or body organ. There are two forms of glands, exocrine and endocrine glands.
Exocrine glands dispatch hormones via ducts.
Endocrine glands dispatch hormones through the blood flow or the lymphatic flow.
Most endocrine glands work under the rulings of the 'pituarity' gland that inturn works under the rulings of the 'hypothalamus'; and it is the hypothalamus gland that unites the workings of the nervous system and endocrine system, an example being the release of 'adrenalin' which is released in both hormone form by the endocrine system and in neural transmitter form by the nervous system
By working gently with a horse experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety, you will encourage the hypothalamus to release of the feel good hormone – ‘oxytocin’ that will naturally induce a feeling of general well-being, working to balance endocrine activity proceeding to transfer this balancing effect to the autonomic nervous system and thus to the entire horse, both physically and emotionally. Inturn, your horses heart rate is slowed down, respiration lowers and blood flow is balanced, all of which will proceed to positively influence the good workings of the digestive and endocrine systems.
As your horse experiences feelings of well-being his ‘proprioceptive sense’ is heightened. As he relaxes and switches off from environmental stimuli together with their own associated triggers of stress he  becomes aware of his own body and emotions proceeding to release of general muscular tension providing ideal conditions for continued sports and remedial equine massage therapy.
In addition to this, the endocrine system influences the workings of other internal systems such as:
Digestive system including metabolism
Reproductive system
Cardiovascular system
Kidney function
Liver function
Bone growth and maintenance
Body tissue growth and maintenance
Relationship Between Equine Massage Therapy and The Endocrine System 
Equine Massage Therapy promotes blood flow to your horses body organs and body tissues, subsequently promoting the arrival and efficiency of vital hormones to their targeted body parts.
The immune system will benefit from ‘lymphocyte’ hormones boosting your horses immunity.
When a horse has been injured, the endocrine system will dispatch hormones referred to as ‘corticosteroids’ directly to the site of injury. These hormones reduce the sensation of pain down to a more tolerable level. A healthy endocrine and circularatory system will allow this process to be performed in its most effective form.
However, when corticosteroids arrive at the site of injury they prevent essential protective body fluids from gaining an easy access. Mother Nature however has set up a safety time device that allows both hormones and body fluids to gain access to the site of injury so that they may both do their jobs in allocated time slots. If equine massage therapy is applied to an injured area it can upset this natural balance of healing and consequently inhibit the healing and recovery process.