How long does it take to give a horse a massage?
Approximately two hours. Horses on a regular massage schedule will take slightly less time; the massage goes quickly and pleasantly for both horse and therapist.
Can I ride or work my horse before the massage?
As a rule, no. It is easier for the horse to release tension when his muscles are “cold,” preferably before he works out.
Can I ride my horse after the massage?
The best thing for the horse after a session is to move around comfortably, either hand-walking, a light ride on a loose rein, or ideally, turnout.
How often does my horse need to have massage therapy?
Many horses do well with once a month. Horses that are highly competitive and in training, may benefit from more massages. While horses will benefit from a single treatment, the effects of massage will diminish over a period of time. Frequency of massage depends on your horse’s issues, health, and activity level.
What exactly does a massage therapist do to my horse? What is massage therapy?
Massage is a hands-on therapy using fingers, thumbs, elbows, and hands. It dates back to ancient times and has long been valued as a viable modality. We work from the head to the tail, using our hands to perform various techniques on the muscle, fascia, tendons and ligaments.