q. does massage really work in horses?
See link below to a scientific article regarding the benefit of massage for horses, but the only person to truly answer that is you the horse owner. Take advantage of the discounted first session and judge the benefits for yourself. I invite owners to record photo chronicles of progress, and to provide ongoing feedback.
Q. A massage appointment is booked, how should I prepare my horse?
Your horse's coat needs to be dry and brushed to remove dirt. Show level turnout is not necessary. If you plan to ride before the massage, allow time for your horse to be completely cooled down and dry for the session.
q. Under what circumstances should massage not take place?
Massage should not be performed on a horse in shock, or with a fever. Other considerations are cancer, open wounds, certain skin conditions (i.e. ringworm) or recent soft tissue injury (i.e. tendon, ligament, muscle).
Q. My horse is injured / has an illness, can you help?
Has the horse been seen by your veterinarian? Massage is a cooperative therapy and not a substitute for veterinary treatment. That said, a convalescing / rehabilitating horse can benefit greatly from massage, so yes, I can help.
q. where and when is best for scheduling massage sessions?
For a comfortable and positive experience, your horse may be better off in their stall or yard rather than a tie up area. Perhaps have a buddy nearby (but not interfering) and avoid busy or feeding times. During summertime, an area in the shade is best.
Q. How long are the sessions?
Usually a whole horse massage will take about 45 minutes, allow approximately one hour from arrival to end time. Initial appointments take a little longer because of introduction, discussion, intake forms and observations.