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Massage For Horses? You've Gotta Be Kidding?!

Posted by equinetherapist@live.ca on January 31, 2017 at 4:30 PM

My mission is to ensure that every horse gets a massage, because quality of movement is important in allowing our horses to work with us, not just for us.

I see too many horses being ridden who move poorly or behave poorly, and who are suffering with muscle spasms and/or muscle pain. Despite these problems they continue to do their jobs while suffering in silence. That is until they can't take it anymore and then,.... behavioral and training problems that weren't a big problem, or even noticed, become worse. Finally the unnoticed muscle issues show up in ways that everyone can see! For example, as an intermittent lameness/stiffness, or problems with lead changes, or they won't move off your leg (lazy horse). At their worse, muscle problems can create dangerous riding and behavioural changes! Our solutions become the norm! We accept long warmups, or herbs, or low level anti-inlammatory meds to manage our horses. No big deal, right......WRONG!!

 

What you're seeing and dealing with are the symptoms, not the problem. Your horse needs a massage to actually FIX the problem. I know that for a fact because it happened to my horse 20 years ago. Equine massage gave me a better horse than the one I got for free because no one would buy her since she couldn't pass the vet check! I continue to see this as I massage horses; the positive thing thatI have seen over the last few years is that more people are looking to find answers to their horse problems, not just quick fixes.

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