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Equine Sports Massage Therapy is a hands-on approach that focuses on relieving muscle tension and pain, improving physical fitness, and balances your horse’s well being as a whole. Massage therapy helps horses feel relaxed and renewed after each session.
Frequently asked questions
1Does my horse need a massage?
All horses no matter their career should have bodywork at least once every 2-3 months. Competitive horses can benefit from 1-4 times per month depending on the amount of stress.
2My horse just had a massage, when can he have one again?
Always wait at least 3 days in between sessions.
3When can I ride my horse after a massage?
Horses should not be ridden immediately after a session. Light riding the next day or two is highly recommended.
4Can you massage on cold muscles?
It is recommended that the horse is hand walked for ten minutes prior to session.
5What happens post session?
You should walk your horse for 5-10 minutes and make sure your horse has access to water.
6When can’t my horse have a massage?
· Fever · Within 72 hours of trauma · Neurological conditions · Inflammatory condition · Infection on skin · Cancer
7When can’t my horse have kinesiology tape?
· Infection · Malignant cancer · Kidney disease · Congestive heart failure · Blood clots · Neurological conditions
8When can’t my horse have a light therapy session?
· Malignant cancer · Pregnant/recently breed · Fever · Infection · After eating/strenuous work
9How do I know when my horse needs a massage?
· Hypersensitivity to brushing · Excessive bucking/rearing · Head tossing · Under a lot of stress · Shortened strides
10How long are massage sessions?
Massage sessions last between 55-70 minutes. Craniosacral therapy, light therapy, and kinesiology taping can be added on to the massage session, which would make the session approximately 75-90 minutes.
11Does my horse still need to see a veterinarian?
Yes! Sports massage therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care. If a horse displays signs of lameness, injury, or illness- massage therapy cannot take place until permission from a veterinarian.