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    11-08-2011, 03:01 PM
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Foal
Equine Sports Massage Therapy

I have a friend who does this for a living, and I am just wondering..

This is what her website says:

"Increasingly, equestrians have begun to incorporate Equine Sports Massage Therapy, a non-invasive therapy, into the total health care regimen of their horses. Treat your horse like the athlete he is. Enhance his emotional and physical being through proper body muscle manipulation. Our Therapy relieves muscle tension and stress, enabling your horse to improve his performance and balance.


Common Muscular Problems:

Refusing or resisting leads
Difficulty bending
Coordination difficulties
Stiffness and resistance
Head tossing
Short or choppy Stride
Girthing problems
Sore Back
Shoulder or hip lameness
Muscle spasms
Tying up
Attitude problems

Benefits from Massage:

Reduces risk of injury
Increase range of motion
Boost athletic performance and endurance
Improve circulation
Eases muscle spasms and relieves tention and stress
Enhances muscle tone
Reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints
Restores mobility to injured muscles
Relieves pain
Extends both the good health and overall life of your horse's career"

So how many of you would use it/have used it? What do you think about it?
     
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    11-08-2011, 04:38 PM
  #2
Foal
My show horse used to get equine massage therapy as he had a previous lumbar injury and it helped him greatly!
     
    11-08-2011, 09:27 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by diggerchick    
My show horse used to get equine massage therapy as he had a previous lumbar injury and it helped him greatly!
It is awesome! If you don't mind me asking, how much did you pay for such a service? It can get quite expensive around here and I think she is the cheapest at $65.
     
    11-08-2011, 09:35 PM
  #4
Yearling
With my lease horse, it has worked amazingly! He typically comes out stiff and tight (especially through his neck), and it helps him so much to loosen up and relax. Sometimes he will get tight and, as a result, nervous because he feels unable to move out.
With his massages, he is relaxed and so loose and flexible. Our massage therapist even showed me a few techniques to loosen up his muscles before I ride, and that is so helpful, as well. I'd definitely recommend it.
If I am remembering correctly, that price sounds about right for my area.
     
    11-08-2011, 10:39 PM
  #5
Foal
I think we paid 50 or 60 per session :) its not too expensive and its a great treat for the horse too :)
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    11-08-2011, 11:13 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by diggerchick    
I think we paid 50 or 60 per session :) its not too expensive and its a great treat for the horse too :)
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I wish more people would realize the benefit of it and not see it as a that, a treat, but more a of necessity :) I have a whole different horse because of it and I would never go back!
     
    11-08-2011, 11:16 PM
  #7
Foal
Me too! My horses back was so bad he would buck and rear like crazy sometimes and because of equine massage he started to feel more comftorble, the bucking really stopped and he was over all happier
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    11-08-2011, 11:18 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by diggerchick    
Me too! My horses back was so bad he would buck and rear like crazy sometimes and because of equine massage he started to feel more comftorble, the bucking really stopped and he was over all happier
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So awesome! It can help such a variety of things and some people never even think of stiff/tense muscles.
     
    11-08-2011, 11:42 PM
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Foal
I believe it does a lot more then they say, my horse was a real hot headed guy tons of attitude and everything, and I found with the equine massage he became a lot more calm and laid back.
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    11-09-2011, 01:06 AM
  #10
Foal
Massage is a GREAT tool for all horses! I recommend riders get it too because often times places where the horse is sore, the rider is too. The stiffness that the rider has anywhere in their body the horse often will get because they are compensating (and vise versa). I do equine massage on all my horses and encourage my clients to purchase sessions for horses in training as well. As a trainer it's easy for me to recognize where the problem areas are and work them out in and out of the saddle. It really, truly makes all the world in the difference.

Just think about how you'd feel with regular exercise and massage work!
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