What is Equine Massage Therapy?
Equine Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It is an ancient complementary therapy first documented in around 2,700BC by the ancient Chinese.
It follows similar principles to human sports massage because, like people, animals can suffer from muscular pain and discomfort which can inhibit the way they move causing them to use their body incorrectly to compensate and is where many ridden problems stem from. Although referred to as ‘sports’ massage, it is beneficial to all horses and ponies from the happy hacker right through to the high level competition horse.
Using their hands, the therapist can feel for any muscle swellings, tightness, spasms, stress points and uneven muscle tone across your horse’s body. Using a combination of different massage techniques the therapist can work to relieve the areas that are causing your horse discomfort or preventing him from moving at his best.