Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Who qualifies for a massage?
    Any equine athlete, show circuit horses, horses on stall rest and of course race horses would all benefit from a full body massage.
  2. Does massage replace Veterinary Care?
    Absolutely not! Deep Massage Therapy is not meant to replace other therapies for injured or sick horses. It is most effective when used as a preventative measure.
  3. My horse has arthritis, would massage help her with that kind of pain?
    Deep massage alleviates pain by helping to lessen the inflammation and swelling in joints. It also increases senovial fluid which is the fluid that cushions the joints.
  4. My horse is on stall rest with an injury, would massage help?
    Absolutely, not only does massage promote healing it will also improve circulation which will keep his muscles toned.
  5. My horse gets her hock injected, would massage be a better option?
    Massage does not replace veterinary care. However, there have been several cases where horses no longer needed injections when put on a massage program.
  6. I ride dressage, would massage be beneficial?
    Yes, very much so. Massage helps with flexing, range of motion and balance.
  7. How long does it take to massage an entire horse?
    It takes approximately 1 hour.
  8. Is it necessary for the horse owner to be present at the massage?
    It is not necessary, however, it is a good idea. We recommend that after a massage the owner take their horse for a 5 minute brisk walk to further loosen up the horses muscles.
  9. How do you know my horse is enjoying his massage?
    They let you know by their behavior, they breathe a relaxing exhale, or their heads will turn into the therapist massaging him to nuzzle, some even fall asleep. One horse we did had a funny gazed expression on his face.
  10. How often should my horse be massaged?
    Sometimes, all it takes is a single massage to free up muscles that are in spasm and return the horse to its' full working capabilities. Many horses, however, benefit from regular "tune-ups" when they are preparing for, and performing in demanding sports or living with chronic orthopedic problems.
  11. What are some signs of muscular problems?
    • Head tossing
    • Coordination difficulties
    • Saddle slipping to one side
    • Short, choppy strides
    • Improper tracking forward, back or laterally
    • Resistance when bending and/or backing
    • Hind leg scuffing
    • Girthing problems
    • Refusing or resisting leads
    • Unwilling or unable to walk up or down inclines
    • Poor disposition, eating or sleeping habits
    • "Off" for no apparent reason
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