Whatever the level of work your horse or pony works to, they would benefit hugely from a regular routine massage. This can be tailored to the specific discipline that the horse works to be them, endurance, happy hackers, riding school horses, RDA horses, show jumpers, dressage, the list goes on, but the benefits are vast, a few of which are:
Maintain/Improve Range of Motion for joints
Maintain muscle tone and elasticity
Reduces stress and tension
Early signs of dental, saddle and general first aid issues
Aid older retired horses to cope with the ageing process
This is aimed for horses that are recovering from any type of illness, trauma or injury and will work to aid the recovery and will treat any compensatory areas of issues caused by the horse taking the strain elsewhere. It can aid with the stresses of box rest and will improve the suppleness of the horse, making the journey back into work that bit easier. Some examples of other benefits are:
Identify stress areas
Aid joint mobility and proprioception
Lower stress and anxiety levels
Stimulates & Produces endorphins (boost happiness)
Improve the lymphatic and venous circulation which is great for recovery
Pre & Post Event Massage
Pre and post event massages both have their own benefits. However, they should only be carried out by a therapist that has already worked with your horse and therefore knows the horse well. The benefits of knowing the horse means that the therapist can work on known areas of concern before the event, and also they will know if there are any areas following the event that are of concern as a result of the event. Pre event massages can be done between 4 hours and 10 minutes before the event and post event massages should be done between 2 and 4 hours afterwards.
Pre event benefits:
Targeted treatment of know areas of tension
Increases blood flow and nutrients to muscles, needed for the horse to perform
Can either calm the excitable horse or invigorate the horse that needs a little extra
Warm up routine, reducing the expending of energy
Post Event benefits:
Can speed recovery time from exertion of event
Identifies areas of stress
First aid inspection for any heat or swelling that is not obvious
Aids the removal of toxins from muscles such as lactic acid
Calms the nervous system
We will take on your horse and work with the vets to aid the rehabilitation process and once release from the vets bring the horse back into work, gently and whilst listening to the horse's capabilities.
Massage will be applied as regularly as they are needed and will be tailored to the horse and where they are in their recovery process.
This takes the concerns away from you and will mean that your horse has the best chance you can give them.
We have stables, ménage, access to bridles way and plenty of turnout available. Farrier is our neighbour and it is a beautiful quiet yard for your horse to recover.
Owners live on site
No need to worry about getting exercise levels wrong
Massage carried out as many times as needed
Turnout available if applicable for your horse
Company in stables possible with other horses in yard
All new clients of Horse Centred Therapy will need to arrange for consent to be given by their horse's Primary Veterinary Surgeon. This is legal requirement and no treatments will be done without prior consent. We can assist with getting this, as most veterinary practices are very familar with the requirement.