Hi, so I had a massage therapist give my horse Sunny a massage yesterday. He has high withers and issues with canter. So I was sure he's had ill fitting saddles on him for the most part because I'm having problems finding a nice fit for him.
Anyway, he was really receptive to the massage. He did a lot or releasing during it especially when she worked his neck. When she worked his tail he had a response. This is what he did. It started with him doing the Flehmen response and tossing his head around. Then looking scared, backing away and then gave a kick back and a few tail swishes. He then was obsessed with smelling our hands. The therapist and I just stroked and reassured him until he calmed down. She said this can happen and he had some pain or fear memory being worked out.
Anyone have this happen or any therapists on here to explain this more indepth to me.