Here are some questions often asked about equine massage.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need massage for my horse? Isn't it just for humans?
Massage is not just for humans. Horses have the same muscles as we do and muscle tissue is muscle tissue, no matter the mammal. The healing power of massage is beneficial to both humans and animals and has been for thousands of years.
How much do you charge for a massage and how long does it take?
Do I have to be there with my horse?
Do I need to do anything in preparation for my horse’s massage?
For the first session, please have your horse brushed, dry and haltered. Then we can decide where he is most comfortable environmentally - outside, stall, paddock, etc. Every horse is different.
How soon will I see a difference in my horse/how many sessions will it take?
Well, it really depends on your horse’s issue. If she is geriatric and stiff from a more stationary life, you will notice a little more pep in her step after the first session. If your horse is performing and has years of hypertonicity (tightness) built up in her muscles, then a few sessions are needed before you will notice the difference in the muscle memory.
How often does my horse need massage?
This depends on the issue that your horse has. In performance horses, once the initial imbalance is addressed, your horse can go on maintenance massage every 2-4 weeks to keep her supple and fluid. If you have a geriatric buddy that you want to keep feeling good and keep fluids moving, then every 2-3 weeks is recommended.
How soon can I ride my horse after a session?
It is best to give your equine partner 36-48 hours before riding to let the lactic acid and other toxins that are released with massage dissipate from the system.
My horse has a nervous disposition. Will frequent massages help to calm him down?
My intent is to create a trusting bond between me and your horse which will allow him to calm down during our sessions. If your horse has a nervous disposition, this is a more systemic problem that is best addressed with your veterinarian.
What are some signs to look for to determine if my horse needs massage?
Is massage necessary if my horse does not have any injuries?
Many horse owners utlilize maintenance massage on a 2-3 week basis to keep their older equine friends moving and in tip top geriatric shape. Regular massage prevents many injuries from occuring and helps keep your horse’s musculo-skeletal and immune systems working smoothly.
How will I know if massage is working? Is there a way to measure or identify results?
Depending on your horse’s issue, she will simply move and perform better and more comfortably. We can measure range of motion and reassess movement as we go along.