Benefits of massage

Equine massage is the therapeutic application of professional sports massage techniques applied to a horse.

All horses can benefit from equine massage treatment from a loved family pony to competition horse or pony. Used during training or pre and post competition, a massage can help keep muscles healthy, increasing and improving the circulation, building up those muscles that may have wasted, maintaining strength and suppleness and preventing atrophy, even during an extended period of box rest or restricted work. After exertion equine massage reduces stiffness and can help to speed up the natural repair of damaged tissue resulting from physical exercise. Passive stretching helps to maintain or encourage joint and muscles mobility.

In the horse, the various massage and stretching techniques enable the horse to perform to its full potential by:

• Increasing and improving circulation
• Enhance muscle tone
• Relax muscle spasm
• Prevent and relieve adhesions
• Increase the range of movement

Massage can benefit the well-being of the equine as it releases tension and aids mental relaxation. In the event of an Injury, massage is of great benefit to aid recovery and helps prevent atrophy (wasting) of muscles.

Does your horse do or show signs of any of the following:

• Dislikes being groomed
• Prefer one rein
• Show lateral stiffness
• Reluctant to canter on one lead
• Hollow backed
• High headed
• Head shaking
• Bucking
• Cold backed when tacked up
• Lack of poll flexion and bend
• Head tilting
• Have an uneven stride length
• Holding the tail to one side
• Excessive rolling

These problems may be due to:

  • Becoming cast in the stable
  • Ill fitting tack
  • Conformation faults
  • Teeth problems
  • Imbalanced rider
  • Poor foot balance
  • Falling or Slipping in the field, ridden or at competitions
  • Old injuries that may not yet recovered.

Treatments take place at the horse’s normal location. It is preferable the horse is clean and dry for treatment.

Sam will take do a full static assessment and a dynamic gait analysis and may need to see the horse lunged or ridden if necessary. Treatment is the beginning of the healing process and a aftercare plan will be given to maximse the benefit of the treatment.