Types of Treatment and Their Benefits
This is a general massage suitable for all horses, including horses on box rest. The treatment covers the whole body and works on any problem areas discovered. The treatment can help maintain wellbeing and function, and also reduces the risk of injury and improves performance. Maintenance massage can be performed at any time, to maintain the results of remedial massage, as an MOT check over the musculo-skeletal system, or to keep your horse's muscles supple.
Ideally used up to 4 times per year to maintain the benefits.
Relaxes the horse’s mind and body
Improves coat and skin condition
Improves muscle tone
Removes lactic acid from muscles which causes fatigue
Promotes drainage of lymph and its waste products, from the muscle
Boosts the blood circulation
Mobilises joints and keeps them supple
Reduces muscle tension
Releases muscles spasms and stress points
Increases the horse’s range of movement and suppleness, reducing risk of repetitive strain injury
Improves co-ordination and balance
Improves jumping ability
Reduces crookedness and helps develop muscles more evenly.
This is a massage suitable for particular musculo-skeletal problems, loss of performance or injury in the horse; e.g. crookedness, back pain, stiffness, specific conditions, after a fall. The treatment covers the whole body but time is spent focusing on problem areas.
Ideally used once a week for up to 4 weeks. During this time, the expertise of farriers, saddlers, chiropractors etc, may be sought as appropriate. Please note, that massage is not a substitute for veterinary attention.
As above but particularly
Reduces healing time and aids recovery
Removes lactic acid from the muscles
Reduces and relaxes muscle tension
Releases spasms, which can be the sole cause of other problems
Increases the horse’s range of movement and suppleness
Reduces crookedness and helps develop muscles more evenly
Prevents muscles shortening which occurs after muscle injury
Relieves pain in the muscles
Removes scar tissue from the muscle
Prevents muscle wastage after injury
This massage is ideal prior to hard work or competition, allowing the horse to perform at its best. The treatment focuses on problem areas and discipline stress points. It can be relaxing or stimulating, preparing the horse’s mind and body for competition.
Ideally used up to 4 hrs before the event, and take up to 15 minutes.
Boosts the blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage
Reduces the risk of injury by; increasing synovial fluid in the joints, working on known stress points, increasing the range of movement in the target muscles and increasing tissue elasticity.
Improves mental focus
Calms or stimulates the horse
This massage is ideal after a competition or a hard days work. The treatment relaxes the horse’s mind and body after an event, and covers the whole body focusing on discipline stress points and can find areas of trauma.
Ideally used between 2 – 4 hrs after the event, and takes 30 minutes.
Checking for areas of trauma
Encourages removal of lactic acid and carbon dioxide, major causes of fatigue
Boosts blood circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage
Reduces built-up tension in the muscles
Releases muscle spasms and stress points, developed during the event
Reduces recovery time