When to use Equine Massage Therapy for your horse
I look at the horse as a whole and consider all possible causes and effects of any tension while interpreting a horses reactions and expressions. If your horse is showing any of the following symptoms it could be signs of pain and discomfort which should be investigated.
- Change in temperament, biting or excessive tail swishing.
- Change in way of going - High head carriage, disuniting, inconsistent rhythm, not tracking up.
- Sensitivity when grooming or tacking up.
- Reluctance to come in from the field.
- Head tilting
- Poll tension
- Hollow backed
- Preferring one rein
Massage can also be beneficial for the following;
- Pre/post competition - By preparing the muscles before activity and after by removing toxins and relaxing the muscles for faster recovery.
- As a maintenance treatment - helps prevent the risk of injury, enhances muscle tone & increases range of movement.