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About Equine Massage

Inconvenient muscle strains happen to horses just as easily as they do to humans.  Your horse is a very large animal with large, dense muscles.  Unfortunately, horses do not have the ability to tell us exactly where they hurt.  Horse communication is so very subtle that their expression of pain and discomfort are often completely overlooked or misunderstood.  They are then expected to perform while in pain. 

Maybe you have noticed that your horse is “off”, but cannot explain why or pinpoint the exact problem.  With time, your horse’s body will compensate for the pain or discomfort resulting in additional muscle fatigue and injury elsewhere.

The good news is that your horse can be helped, and continued muscle strains and injuries can be alleviated.


Equine Body Work Can Address:

Difficult or inhibited movement

Specific or overall stiffness

Difficulty with lateral movement

Girth or saddling problems

Shortening strides

Besides the obvious changes in the horse’s performance, perceived “behavior problems” including but not limited to refusal and resistance, head tossing, rearing, bucking and kicking, are actually signs that the horse is in pain and discomfort.


Benefits of Equine Body Work

Release of muscle spasm and adhesions

Releases toxins from the muscles

Stimulates lymph drainage

Improves circulation

Enhances muscle tone

When massage is performed on a consistent basis the positive effects build upon themselves over time. Once a year massages are basically the equivalent of putting a Band-Aid on underlying issues and the horse never reaps the benefits of continual healing. However, regular massage not only benefits the horse, it also benefits YOU, the horse owner, and here is how:

You could experience a decrease in vet visits, which ultimately may keep your horse out of the layup stall saving you time and money.

You may have a horse that can move more efficiently, with less pain and achieve more physically, which will equal a better performance for you.

You may have a horse that experiences less tendon and ligament injuries equaling more performance time and less layup up time; keeping you in the saddle.

You may have a horse that recovers quicker from workouts and is feeling ready to work on a consistent basis giving you a willing horse to ride.

You may have a much happier horse with a better work attitude making your daily ride a pleasure rather than a fight.

Whether you ride for pleasure or performance, equine massage is a simple addition to your horse’s health care program which can keep you in the saddle at the top of your performance. {Excerpts from the article The Five Secret Benefits of Equine Massage, by Jane Wesson, Equine Pacifica California.}