At your initial consultation, we will discuss your horse’s health, training goals, concerns and observations, and how therapeutic bodywork can enhance the overall physical and emotional health of your horse.
Bodywork should take place in a location where your horse feels safe and comfortable; loosely haltered in a stall is ideal. Once your horse understands the process and trusts me, I work at liberty where free movement and self-adjustment are encouraged.
You are welcome to stay and watch the massage, or attend to other business.
A typical session is generally a full-body massage. I target areas of special concern near the end of the session. This is extremely important as the area of concern is sometimes not what rational thinking would assume.
Allow at least 45 minutes per session, but depending upon the horse’s willingness and response, 1.5 hours is normal. A horse is not on the human clock, and will always let me know when they are done or need more. Rushing or pushing for results is counterproductive.
Every horse responds to massage differently. Some are stoic and wary, while others intuitively understand the process. Most fall on the bell curve somewhere between these two extremes.
Horses are sensitive, and most respond to massage with positive inquisitiveness. However, it can take several sessions for everything to “click” in the equine psyche. Yawning, jolts, twitching, fidgeting and “spacing out” are all common behaviors, which evidence release.
It is advisable to not ride your horse for 24 hours after a session. Allowing paddock time to roll and work out released tensions is also advisable.
Ask questions and stay in touch with me. I believe in empowering YOU, as the primary human partner, to take the necessary steps to help your horse. I will always leave you with simple tips that if done consistently, will help in the process of recovery, health and wellness.
Albeit massage enhances health and can alleviate some chronic issues, it should never be used in lieu of a veterinarian. Always consult your veterinarian for physical trauma, illness or any life-threatening condition.