At your initial consultation, we will discuss your horse’s health, training goals, concerns and observations, and how therapeutic bodywork can enhance the wellbeing and 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 season is generally a full-body massage, then targeting 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.
Areas benefitted most by Equine Massage & Bodywork
- Enhances muscle tone and range of motion.
- Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints, thereby alleviating pain.
- Promotes the healing process by increasing the flow of nutrients to the muscles, and aiding in carrying away excessive fluids and toxins.
- Creates a positive effect on the contractual and release process of the muscles…releasing tension…relaxing muscles.
- Stimulates circulation by: defrosting frozen muscles, thereby releasing endorphins – the body’s natural pain killers.
- Helps to maintain the whole body in better physical condition.
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 massages differently. Some are stoic and wary, while others intuitively understand the process. Most fall on the bell curve somewhere between these two extremes.
Horse are sensitive, and most respond with positive inquisitiveness to massage. 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.
If possible, it is advisable to not ride your horse for 24 hours after a session. Allowing him 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.