Originally Posted by upupandflyaway1 View Post
One of my friends just was certified as an ESMT and Im just trying to figure out how people feel about it and what the general bias is. I feel like it has a place, and it CAN work just like it does for humans, but it can't cure. Obviously. Im just trying to figure out what other peoples experiences are with it and if it might be of a try to my pony. I know with the massage part of it, that is all about muscles. Thats as far as my knowledge goes.
If you are thinking about trying massage for your horse, I would go for it. Massage is very non-invasive (compared to chiropractic work). And yes, as you have stated, massage is not a one time call out cure. It works best if it is done with multiple sessions. If your horse is constantly in discomfort, regular massage sessions can help keep your pony out pain, and may even increase his work capasity. Most horses that I have observed after being massaged on a regular schedule have tended to step out more briskly and with little resistance.
If your horse is injured and you are looking to use massage therapy to help rehabilitate your pony, consult with your vet first. Sometimes massage therapy can cause more harm than good to an injury. And if you are given the go ahead, have you ESMT and vet make out a recovery plan together.
As for the results of the massage, I will quote a sentence from my research essay:
"The effectiveness of the massage depends on, the horse, the massage therapist, the horses disipline of riding, and the level of soreness in the horse."