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Equine Therapy

Following a detailed examination of your horse including seeing him lunged and ridden if appropriate I use an extensive toolbox of techniques to give your horse the best possible chance of attaining and maintaining optimum physical condition.

Benefits for the horse include:-

  • Increased flexibility and joint movement
  • Improved co-ordination and stride length
  • An increase in muscle elasticity
  • Enhanced circulation
  • Stress control
  • Relaxation and comfort
  • Increased rate of healing
  • Decreased post-exercise muscle soreness
  • Prevention of muscle strain
  • A pre-exercise regime

Maintenance of Peak Condition and Prevention of Injuries

Keeping your horse in peak physical condition will help improve performance, reduce the occurrence of injuries and induce a feeling of well being. Massage Therapy on a regular basis is a beneficial contributory factor in giving your horse the optimum chance to stay fit and perform at his best. It is an excellent barometer for muscular health and allows intervention before a minor problem escalates. Prevention is better than cure.

Massage Therapy can facilitate healing and shorten the recovery period. By preventing muscle atrophy, joint stiffness and maintaining muscle suppleness and tone it is of great benefit to horses on box rest.

Preparation and Post Competition Care

Massage therapy Regular sessions are effective in keeping your horse relaxed. They can be beneficial in preparing for exercise, enhancing performance, reduce muscle fatigue and ensure a rapid return to normal.

Horses, just like ourselves can suffer from Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) – discomfort following strenuous exercise when muscles are not fully conditioned! Massage can provide welcome relief for this condition.
Massage can be used to prevent and overcome a wide range of problems.

Does your horse....

  • Put his ears back, move away when approached or go to the back of the stable?
  • Try to nip or kick when you approach with a saddle?
  • Refuse to stand still or dip his back or rush off when mounted?
  • Stumble more than usual?
  • Find it difficult to work in an outline?
  • Display a change in attitude or performance?

If your answer to any of these is yes, your horse may be showing signs of soreness somewhere in his body. Massage and Manipulation may help to overcome these problems.

Techniques I use

  • Joint and Muscle Mobilisations
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Stress Point Therapy
  • McTimmoney-Corley Manipulation
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Positional Release
  • Assisted Stretches
  • Swedish Massage Techniques
  • Myofascial Release
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Pilates for Horses

What I do

I take a holistic view of the horse. I carefully consider all the possible causes and effects of problems prior to treatment.
The initial consultation lasts about 1hr15mins. During this time I discuss concerns, take a detailed case history and assess the horse. This will include watching him ridden, lunged or trotted up as appropriate. I am then in a position to pinpoint any abnormalities, asymmetry, bruising, swelling, muscle tension, stiffness, spasm or tenderness. I then massage the entire horse concentrating on the identified problem areas.
After treating the horse in a quiet calm atmosphere, I give comprehensive feed back and exercises where appropriate.
 Follow up visits usually last 1hour. 

For details please ring for a FREEdiscussion of your requirements.  

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