Equine Massage

Why Equine Massage?

All too often we forget that our horses are athletes; ones that did not evolve to have a rider on their sensitive backs.

Their muscles are subjected to repeated pressure in the same place every time they are ridden and their actions are the only way they have to tell you that they are in pain – whether as a result of their own injury, because they are compensating for their rider or for ill-fitting tack.

The ultimate result can be anything from loss of performance to temperament changes.

Horses benefit mentally and physically from massage

Horses benefit mentally and physically from massage just as people do. By treating your horse regularly, I will get to know them and be able to identify subtle changes in their muscles before they become serious problems.

Key benefits include:

  • Increases blood supply resulting in less fatigue and faster recovery
  • Enables early identification of minor injuries
  • Facilitates prevention of more severe injury
  • Delivers a general sense of well-being

Teamwork between your remedial therapist, vet, physiotherapist and trainer ensures that everyone has the same complete picture and the best possible results can be achieved for you and your horse.

A competition horse at his physical peak will perform much better – essential in these days of increasingly tight margins between first and last place! If you don’t compete, horses still benefit from regular massage by keeping them healthy and happy.

Combined equine and rider treatments maximise results

Combining sessions for your horse with sessions for yourself helps ensure that you are both working at your best and problems are addressed in conjunction with each other.

Please note: Massage is not a substitute for veterinary treatment or diagnosis. If you have any doubts about the severity of a problem, please consult your vet first.

  1. Will my horse enjoy it?
    Most horses really enjoy having a massage, especially after the first one!
  2. Will it hurt my horse?
    This is a deep and firm massage so it may cause some discomfort but I will work within your horse’s pain tolerances – they are usually very good at letting you know how they feel about their treatment!
  3. How long will a treatment take?
    In the region of an hour for a regular massage. If I am assessing you and/or your horse for a specific problem this will take longer, depending on the problem.
  4. Should I ask my vet before you treat my horse?
    I would prefer to work together with your vet – their authorisation is a legal requirement ahead of starting any treatment and results are generally better if everyone works together as a team. Please contact me directly to discuss any specific problems.
  5. Can I make it worse?
    Occasionally, in the short-term with a long standing problem, treatment can make symptoms worse until we get to the root of the problem.
  6. Can you help me with looking at the fit of my tack?
    While I am not a trained saddler, I have many years’ experience in fitting different horses and can help you assess the fit of your tack and advise you if you need to seek specialist help.
  7. Will it help to watch my horse ridden, exercised or trotted up in hand?
    If you have a training problem, then it will help me to watch you working your horse so that I can see how this problem manifests. This may be under saddle, on the lunge or in hand. Depending on the problem, this may not always be feasible, for example if your horse has a recent injury or is on box rest.
  8. Can you work with my trainer?
    Yes, it would be beneficial to liaise with your trainer as we can help to address specific training problems more accurately and it would mean that we are working together with a common goal. It may also be that some specific training exercises will help resolve a problem that I am working on, or that I can help address a training problem that your trainer had identified.
  9. Can my horse get a massage if he or she is on box rest?
    It is very beneficial to your horse’s well-being to have a massage if he or she is on box rest or on severely restricted exercise because massage helps the lymph flow,which is largely dependent on exercise. Massage also helps general circulation, so if your horse has generalised swelling or filled legs, this may well be helped considerably by a regular massage.
  10. Are you insured?
    I am fully insured and happy to supply details or a copy of my insurance certificates on request.

Equine Massage Fees

Horse Initial Assessment

£ 80

Per sessionIncluding watching you tack up, work your horse, etc as required.

Please contact me with requirements.

Single Horse

£ 60

Per Session60 minute session, including call out of up to 15 miles from my studio.

Additional mileage charged at £1.00 per mile over the initial 15 miles

Horse & Rider

£ 150

Per SessionInitial joint assessment.

Please contact me for details.

Maintenance Massage

£ 108

Per SessionMaintenance massage £95 including call out within 15 miles of my studio.

Additional mileage charged at £1.00 per mile over the initial 15 miles.