What is Equine Massage Therapy?

The basics of massage therapy for horses originated from the age old notion that physical touch can heal. Along with healing traumatized muscles it also can soothe, calm and relax our equine friends.

If you take the time to observe a horse or any other animal for that matter in his natural setting you will see that they are encouraged by their social instincts to partake in manual grooming and other intimate contacts.

The equine massage therapist uses hands and body to manipulate soft tissue for the prevention and treatment of muscle injuries, thereby maintaining free motion and encouraging optimum performance in horses.

Pre/Post Competition
  • Warms up, relaxes and loosens tension in muscles.
  • Eases nerves and stress through relaxation.
  • Increases stride length, range of motion and flexibility.
  • Increases oxygen flow to the muscles, thereby enhancing metabolism and shortening recuperation time.

Injury Rehabilitation

  • Increases the flow of nutrients to the muscles, thereby promoting the healing process.
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling in joints.
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation throughout the body.
  • Provides comfort to muscle injuries.
  • Promotes endorphin release, which in turn reduces pain

Maintenance

  • Breaks down scar tissue and muscle restrictions.
  • Enhances muscle tone.
  • Boosts energy and stamina.
  • Maintains physical condition and encourages balance.
  • Prevents injuries to muscles and tendons.

Why Do Horses Need Equine Massage Therapy?

While all horses would benefit from a little extra brushing and petting, some horses need the touch and manipulation of muscles and soft tissue to stimulate healing, relaxation and rejuvenation.

If your horse has struggled with chronic pain, illness or is simply getting old and suffering from the aches and pains of age, we can massage his or her muscles in such a way as to increase flexibility, reduce swelling, decrease pain and to stimulate your horse’s body’s natural ability to heal itself. Many older horses that could no longer perform jumps, run in races, pull weight, or handle riders have found their abilities restored because of equine massage.

Rates per session~

We start with an extensive questionnaire that records your horses all over health and any issues they may be having. The riding discipline is also important and will establish a program that suits the horse. A health check is performed and documented specific to your horses needs

A session is “as long as it takes.”  Usually a session will last approximately 1 hour. 
If there is a specific problem, the sessions will likely have to be repeated a number of times over the following 7-14 days
 
1 to 3 Horses................................................................
  $60 per horse
4+ Horses (at same facility)..........................................
$50 per horse
     
Horses brought to the Professional Edge Facility.........
$40 per horse



Superficial Muscles of the Equine

1.     Sternocephalicus
2.     Brachiocephalicus
3.     Trapeziou
4.     Latissimus
5.     Facia
6.     Deltoid
7.     Triceps branchii
8.     Extensor carpi radialis
9.     Common digital extensor
10.   Lateral Digital extensor
11.   External flexor
12.   Deep pectoral
13.   Obliques
14.   Tensor facia latae
15.   Biceps femoris
16.   Semitendinosus
17.   Long digital extensor
18.   Lateral extensor
19.   Gastrocnemius
20.   Soleous