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EQUINE MASSAGE TREATMENT – WHAT TO EXPECT

Getting the best from your horse’s massage treatment

Initial Enquiry

Before I can commence any equine massage treatment, I will need you to complete and return the new client form emailed to you. Having this information will allow me to determine the kind of equine massage your horse needs.

In the event that your horse is under veterinary treatment, I will also send a consent form that needs to be submitted to your veterinarian. Following receipt of this, I will likely contact your vet directly to discuss treatment. Under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, if your horse is under veterinary treatment, it must have the permission of a veterinarian before an equine massage treatment, or any paraprofessional is able to commence treatment.

Initial Assessment

The initial assessment is expected to take between an hour and 1.5 hours, during which I will observe and define the key areas for treatment. Our goal should always be to get to the root of any problem.

In addition to watching your horse walk and trot up, I will also observe them on the lunge if possible. I will also want to see the horse being ridden if there are any problems under the saddle. A static assessment and an evaluation of joint mobility will also be conducted. Afterwards, the horse will receive a massage treatment either in the stable or in the yard if they are more comfortable with that.

After the Appointment

Any findings or issues will be discussed with you, as well as any exercises or stretches that you may be able to perform yourself. The full professional report and recommendations for further treatment will be emailed to you within 24 hours.

After the massage treatment, I always recommend giving your horse 24 hours off from demanding exercise. The ideal situation would be to turn them out and let them graze in the field (if possible) or to do some very light exercise such as a gentle walk or short (20 minutes max) non-contact schooling session. Each horse will be treated differently, depending on the results of the appointment and the individual horse’s health. 

As a way to maintain your horse’s flexibility, range of motion and suppleness, I prescribe leg stretches, dynamic mobilisation exercises (carrot stretches) and pole work exercises tailored to your horse’s individual needs. These exercises can be incorporated into your horse’s routine between sessions. Using the exercises selected, you will be able to improve your horse’s performance and make them feel more comfortable by targeting their specific needs.

Follow-up / Maintenance Massage Treatments

A follow-up massage treatment lasts approximately one hour. Your horse’s assessment will be reviewed and treated according to its results.

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Preparing for your horse’s massage treatment

Before Your Appointment

It would be helpful if you could make sure your horse is in from the field, in their stable and clean, dry, and mud-free when I arrive.

For regular clients who I am familiar with, I am willing to treat your horse without you present. If you intend to observe, please have a handler available who is comfortable walking and trotting the horse during the dynamic assessment.

The first appointment must be attended by all new clients to establish contact, discuss goals and concerns, perform the dynamic assessment, and to introduce myself to the horse.

The horse needs to feel relaxed during treatment, so keep distractions to a minimum. For instance, don’t schedule the treatment to coincide with feeding time.

How Often Should Your Horse Have a Massage?

The frequency of equine massage treatments varies from horse to horse, but the general recommendation is every 4-8 weeks. 

Competition horses: 2-4 weeks 

Moderate exercise: 4-8 weeks

Happy hackers: 6-8 weeks 

Box rest: daily – weekly  

Consultation

All horses visited for the first time must have a thorough consultation. This includes reviewing a full and detailed history, followed by a static / dynamic assessment where the main problems will be identified. Includes an initial massage of between 45 mins to an hour. Total session will be up to 1.5 hrs.

Maintenance Massage

If the session is primarily a maintenance massage, the whole body will be worked. For remedial sessions, particular attention is focused on one or more specific areas, as well as the whole body. I will include a selection of suitable stretches (if appropriate) and some phototherapy. Total session will be 45 mins to 1 hour.

Pre & Post-event Massage

Pre-event massages are vital to prepare your horse for prolongued or intensive physical exercise. And then a post-event massage to cool the horse down after an event; they are necessary in preventing injury, muscle strain & fatigue, and to aid recovery. Each session is up to 25 mins.

Consultation

All horses visited for the first time must have a thorough consultation. This includes reviewing a full and detailed history, followed by a static / dynamic assessment where the main problems will be identified. Includes an initial massage of between 45 mins to an hour. Total session will be up to 1.5 hrs.

Maintenance Massage

If the session is primarily a maintenance massage, the whole body will be worked. For remedial sessions, particular attention is focused on one or more specific areas, as well as the whole body. I will include a selection of suitable stretches (if appropriate) and some phototherapy. Total session will be 45 mins to 1 hour.

Pre & Post-event Massage

Pre-event massages are vital to prepare your horse for prolongued or intensive physical exercise. And then a post-event massage to cool the horse down after an event; they are necessary in preventing injury, muscle strain & fatigue, and to aid recovery. Each session is up to 25 mins.

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