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post #11 of 18 Old 12-18-2007, 05:53 PM
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seems like not that mant ppl inculding me didnt know what it was
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-21-2007, 01:43 AM
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Had no idea. I can't imagine it would improve muscle tone, but I could very well be wrong.

My Thoroughbred would take that as punishment. I can't imagine he'd handle it. He was very defensive when I first got him.

I also would never do this to any horse. I think the risks out weigh any benefit. I'd hate to have my horse lose trust in me.
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-23-2007, 04:59 AM
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The video listed the benefits of strapping being: Improve muscle tone, promote circulation, and build muscle. I'm sure daily grooming (with curry and everything) does well enough to promote circulation and appropriate amounts of work/exercise will cover the muscle tone and building.

As many have said, a horse who is not used to this treatment may take it as punishment or generally just something uncomfortable/bad. I wouldn't risk it, personally.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-23-2007, 07:44 AM
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I wonder if using one of those hand held massaging vibrators would have the same benefit. I know they are good for getting a horse used to clippers. You wouldn't be "beating" your horse that way either. Anyone ever used one on their horse?

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post #15 of 18 Old 12-23-2007, 12:17 PM
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It used to be common practice in the UK, I think, but know almost no one evn knows how to do it or even what it is. Maybe some racing yards, but not many.
I think it is beneficial, but yeah , it depends whether your horse will put up with it. Then again, apparantly some horses LOVE it!
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-23-2007, 09:13 PM
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Vida, I haven't personally used a mini massager on my horse, but i did see a video of Parelli doing it with someone. The horse loved it and would stretch out and stuff. It was pretty funny.

I saw a massager in Bed bath and beyond yesterday and was tempted to buy it, but didn't. I think after the holidays, when things settle down a bit, I'll get myself one and try it.
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-23-2007, 09:40 PM
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Thats so weird I have never heard of that. I wouldn't do it though!lol
Janie would think I'm punishing her.
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-23-2007, 11:17 PM
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That reminds me of something people would have done to them at a spa as part of a massage. I think depending on the horse, some may like it. You would probably really have to know your horse. I could imagine a couple of my horses liking it on the rump/neck area. I might try it a little softer though :). I have always been interested in equine massage - whenever I give them a little rub or rhythmic pats they seem to really relax.
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