How long does it take to give a horse a massage?
Approximately two hours. Horses on a regular massage schedule take approximately 45 minutes as their muscles are in good condition; the massage goes quickly and very pleasantly for both therapist and horse. An initial massage takes approximately 90 minutes.
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 per month. Race horses, and others that are highly competitive in full 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.