Many of our horses give us their whole-hearts and gladly work hard to reach the results we expect of them. Whether being ridden for trail, pleasure or top performance, horses striving to perform to our expectations can experience injury and/or pain as a result. Massage and Myofascial Release play an important role in prevention and relief of stress, and recovery of injury by evaluating the “whole” horse, not just targeting one area/symptom.
At times though, our horses will refuse certain tasks that are asked of them. Is it because they are having a bad day or may they have some discomfort in achieving that effort? Horses are athletes and should be treated in that respect regardless of their discipline. That’s where massage comes in.
Massage therapy, myofascial release and structural integration can be used as part of a holistic approach to preserve the well-being of your horse so that he can deliver his best performance for you and more importantly, to enhance your relationship with your equine companion.
Indications for Massage:
- Back hollowing or soreness, including site soreness
- Stiff neck or back
- Uneven muscle development
- Turning more easily to one side than the other
- Reduced range or fluidity of motion
- Repetitive head tossing, shaking or bobbing
- Attitude changes
- Resisting lead changes, out of sync gaits, or stumbling
- Short, choppy or quick steps to maintain balance