"Any muscle, any portion of muscle which is not working for the horse, is actively working against the horse."
- Jack Meagher, the “Father of Sports Massage”
Equine Massage Therapy has many benefits, including but not limited to:
Release muscle spasm
Relieve muscle soreness and fatigue
Help restore full range of motion
Improve athletic performance, balance, and posture
Shorten recovery time after strenuous workouts
Promote relaxation by reducing stress/tension
Stimulate the release of endorphins
Stretch and soften tissue
Increase circulation and muscle tissue oxygenation
Enhance proprioception (body/nervous system communication)
Owners and Trainers know their horses well enough to detect when something is not right. The horse may suddenly seem stiff, refuse correct leads, exhibit short strides, or just seem irritable and cranky. These signs can be an indication your horse would benefit from a massage.
The middle and lower back areas are where muscle spasms often develop due to effects from improper saddle fit, incorrect riding, or front/hind end imbalance. Massage Therapy can help relieve these spasms.
Due to their ability to compensate, a horse will frequently show up sore somewhere other than the primary problem area. Once the compensatory area is loosened up, the actual problem might show itself. This is beneficial in resolving the root problem with further massage or, if necessary, help a Veterinarian with further diagnosis.