How often should I have my horse massaged?
Good question! It depends.
I would ask myself these questions:
- What job does my horse have?
- Is s/he able to function and perform to my expectations?
- Is s/he recovering from any stresses or issues?
- Is there a recent increase/decrease in training?
- Are there any restrictions of movement or shortening of steps in the gait?
- What is my budget?
There is no doubt having your horse massaged for his/her birthday or ‘got-cha’ date will have healthy benefits or put a spring in his/her step. A single session is a wonderful treat for anyone, humans, horses, & our other feathered and furry four legged friends alike. However, it is unlikely you will see any long lasting changes or progression of health benefits from one session.
The therapeutic health benefits of massage are cumulative – a lot like going to the gym, it’s not a “one-and-I’m-done” type of event. How Much? & How Often? depends on the horse’s health, confirmation, medical history, training and job s/he is being asked to perform
Upper Tiers of Training & Show / Performance Place: Once a week, depending on training levels & upcoming/post event schedules
Demanding Workload: Every 2 – 4 weeks, depending on training levels & upcoming/post event schedules
Average Workload: Once a month
Seniors & Retirees: Every 6 – 8 weeks, a great way to keep aging tissues healthy
Recovery & Rehabilitation: Customized programs based on individual need and progression of work