Like learning by watching?

Margret’s DVD showing a complete session with Conformation Assessment is now available!

In this program, follow along in real time with Margret Henkels as she works through progressive changes with Balance, a Warmblood, and CT, a Quarter Horse. Learn key aspects of her techniques and how they can help release areas of tension, strain, and hidden trauma.

An excellent companion to the book!

Book and DVD Set

Save when you buy the set! Only $44 for both.

Conformation Balancing Results

  • Anxiety is relieved.
  • Horse stands square “in the box”.
  • Canter leads improve.
  • Poll flexes easily.
  • Top line improves.
  • A new horse advances his abilities.
  • Trust in horse and human relationship grows.
  • Mental poise for horse.
  • Hindquarter flexion improves.
  • Sacral freedom.
  • Saddles and tack fit better.
  • Stumbling ends.
  • Rider participates in process.
  • Tails aid in hind collection.
Margret Henkels presents at the Ohio Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH, April 2017.

An ABQ Hook-up

Margret with Frederic Pignon and Magali Delgado at their Mind/Body/Spirit Leadership workshop. “Gallop To Freedom” by Pignon and Delgado was also published by Trafalgar Square Books.

Margret Henkels presents at the Ohio Equine Affaire in Columbus, OH, April 2017.

Hands on Healing by Rebecca Didier
Horse Network (

What if I told you that with patient, conscientious placement of your hands on specific areas of the horse’s body, you can bring about profound change in his physical and mental well-being? Want to know the secret? The internet-like web of fascia beneath the skin. Continue reading…

Equine Affaire November 2017

Margret signed books at both the Trafalgar Square Books booth and the Taborton Equine Books booth at Equine Affaire, in Springfield, MA, November 2017.

One of the top horse events in the US, the Equine Affaire draws horse people from throughout the world.

This short video shows a horse progressing with Conformation Balancing using Margret’s techniques.

Consultations on your horse

Phone consultations – $100. Paypal accepted.

Send 4 digital photos of your horse with front, rear and each side view, including feet by email. Files should not exceed 3 MB. Horse should be untacked and positioned normally.

  • Schedule by email or phone: (505) 501-2290
  • Full hour – $100
  • Email photos prior to session
  • Customized report by email
  • Is Your Horse 100%?, is recommended as a follow-up

Programs Offered

Private sessions and session packages available for owners, barns and training facilities.

The Horse Shows Us the Changes

The horse’s eyes show us the horse’s conscious recognition as fascia balancing from our hand contact changes his entire being.

This conscious expression we see in his eyes is a good example of the “light pipes” or fascia bringing consciousness into a dark or compressed area of his tissue. Rigid, tight areas block movement and feeling. This is why “tightness” is such a huge limit.

Conformation Balancing is based on the principles of Hellerwork

While conventional massage offers a temporary solution to problems caused by bad posture, Hellerwork is a long-term program that treats the cause.

Hellerwork technique gets to the root of the problem by working on the plastic-like wrappings around the muscles called fascia, which become rigid when they become glued in these unnatural positions.

Invented in America in 1978 by Joseph Heller, a Polish-born aerospace engineer, Hellerwork is a form of deep-tissue massage that realigns and rebalances the body.

Hellerwork is based on the relationship between man and gravity.

—Health Zone: To Heller and back; Trawlers in training Hellerwork Massage.

Using Henkels’s tried and tested technique to resolve painful limitations in the equine body with conformation balancing and fascia fitness, your horse will be happier and more relaxed. Is Your Horse 100% is a fascinating, educational read and the design of the book makes it easy for horse lovers to follow along with Henkels’s instruction for working with your animal. Complete with color photos and detailed drawings, Is Your Horse 100% is a necessity for horse owners and trainers alike.

Cowgirl Magazine

July/August 2017

Resolve Painful Limitations in the Equine Body

with Conformation Balancing and Fascia Fitness

In her book, “Is Your Horse 100%?”, professional equine bodywork practitioner MARGRET HENKELS introduces readers to the “internet” of the horse’s fascia, the connective tissue that organizes horse and human bodies, detailing how horses can literally be transformed with simple hand contact. Henkels then outlines her basic technique, called “Conformation Balancing,” a tool for advancing your horse’s body health, as well as dissolving mental trauma and restoring his emotional balance. Easy steps can help soften the poll, connect with the mouth, restore elasticity to the pelvis, open the shoulders, achieve optimal freedom of movement, form a stronger partnership, clarify communication, and extend years of health and performance. Conformation Balancing is a new frontier in equine bodywork; its results are vast, progressive and lasting.

An avid rider, Henkels includes a rider’s perspective in her bodywork techniques. Her riding experiences have taken her to Ireland with the Willie Leahy Connemara and Coast tours, and at home, she explores dressage, trail rides, and has foxhunted. Henkels continually researches conformation in relation to her unique approach in order to offer new tools for looking at the horse’s appearance to find athletic imbalances

Example of an uneven topline

Develop Your Horse's Gifts

  • Mental poise and receptivity
  • Release past traumas
  • Balanced shoulders
  • Hindquarter freedom
  • A pain free back
  • Longer strides
  • A crested neck
  • Relaxed mouth and jaws
  • Balanced poll
  • A plumed, free-flowing tail