When our horses are hurting and struggling, we want to do everything we can to help them out. We turn to vets, chiropractors, massage therapists, and more to help figure out what will help our equine friends. Dr. Nels Rasmussen understands helping horses out more than most people, so much so that he has dedicated his life to helping animals remove blocks in their body so that they can function properly. Dr. Nels Rasmussen, D.C., Elite Master of the Bio-Energetic Synchronization Technique, has been helping animals and their people to experience freedom from pain and increased mobility for almost four decades.
As a fair disclaimer, Dr. Nels works on dogs as much as he does on horses, so his love of animals is not 100% on horses like most of us. That said, he knows how the body works in a very deep way. He is a chiropractor by training and has been working on humans and animals since the late 1970’s. After working on humans for many years, he was approached to see if he could help a horse that was really needing help and was not rideable. After that, word spread and he was sought after to help other horses.
As time went on, he began learning a new technique called bio-energetic synchronization technique (BEST) and he moved over to working on animals with this unique technique exclusively. He now works mainly in Washington state with the BEST technique and his ministry for animals. He has also been able to help people virtually with the help of technology, video streaming, and willing participants.
What is BEST?
BEST stands for bio-energetic synchronization technique and it focuses on helping the animal re-boot its brain. Often an animal gets stuck in a response they learned from a moment of survival or stress. If there is enough stress involved in that moment, the brain learns to block the body in order to help protect itself. BEST methodologies work with the body to help re-learn that that response is no longer necessary and to help the animal reset to the way the body was meant to work.
When Is BEST Helpful:
Horse is off balance. Walk on pavement or a harder surface to see if your horse’s gait is off balance. Listen to your animal walk and if the gait is off balance and not in step, your horse may be compensating unnecessarily.
Dragging legs. Often dragging legs are symptomatic of issues deep within the horse caused by stress. Dr. Nels has helped horses re-boot how they approach lifting their feet within a gait pattern.
Three-Legged. Is your horse limping on any legs and compensating with the others? Dr. Nels has helped horses regain use of their once lame leg.
Emotional Trauma. Has your horse been attacked and is he/she still dealing with stress from the event? For example, Dr. Nels once worked with a horse that was attacked by a cougar and had major stress emotionally from kicking it away. After the incident, the horse refused to put its feet down completely. BEST techniques helped the horse release the stress and help the brain learn that joint and muscles could relax back into how they are supposed to work.
Behavioral Issues. While more rare (more common in dogs), irritable horses have benefited from BEST techniques and became happy horses. They were in pain.
Digestive Issues. The body may be stuck in a stress response and causing digestive issues. Often nothing else is helping the digestive problems and BEST is the “best” option.
Animals such as horses and dogs create a bond with their human. Because of this, there’s a tendency for them to want to pull the stress out of people and help their human. If you’re stressed around your horse, he/she will be making adaptations to you because of that. One of the best things you can do to help your horse is to keep yourself balanced as well. It’s good for you and it’s good for your animal too. Have good vibes when you’re with your animal.
Dr. Nels’ goal is to help educate people on how to best care for their animal, whether it’s a horse or a dog or something else. He’s seen immense benefit from this natural approach to healing that improves the horse’s quality of life, as well as the bond between horse and rider.