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post #1 of 9 Old 07-22-2012, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Do any of you massage your horses?

Recently I've got really into watching horse massage videos as I find them so relaxing to watch and also I love seeing how chilled most of the horses are. Unfortunately I don't have my own horse, but today at my riding school after my riding lesson I did this thing I saw in a video to the horse I rode.
I stroked her ears from base to tip really gently and I'm hoping she really liked it as her head got lower and lower, her eyes were closed and she was resting her hind leg and after wards did the mouth chewing thing.
I unfortunately messed it up because I accidentally stroked the side of her face without moving slowly and she spooked and I calmed her down but didn't try the massaging again.

I thought that as riding school horses hardly ever get one to one time with their riders I would give it a go (plus she was really good that lesson) and also I'm interested in becoming an equine vet and possibly doing something with equine physiotherapy.

I don't know anyone else I ride with who does this apart from my instructor, do any of you massage your horse after/before riding or whenever?
Do you think it's beneficial for the horses mind as well as making them more pleasant to ride?


P.S I know she's a riding school horse and everything but do you think I will have a chance of bonding with her more if I keep doing this (whether or not it helps I'll keep doing it)

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-22-2012, 07:16 PM
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My horse gets a massage every few months. I find it very beneficial to keeping him performing his best. It's great to see how relaxed he looks after all his knots have been worked out. The person who I use has shown me several techniques to use to keep him from developing new knots between her visits. I'm a big fan of massage.

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post #3 of 9 Old 07-24-2012, 06:06 AM
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Not recently. I personally did a little bit (nothing deep as that can sometimes do more wrong than good) but eventually I want a professional to work their magic on him :)

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-29-2012, 12:59 PM
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How great is it the horses you ride will benefit from your loving touch.
I massage and assess my horse almost every time I ride. I am able to feel how bunched up (if any) his muscles are, where tension is in his back, hips, or neck. Tellington touch is a good way to start, its easy to learn.

I do a little therapy on each of the horses I handle for the disabled riding program. They all appreciate it. Horses know you're wanting to help them and will show you their gratitude.
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A loooooong time ago I went to a seminar by Linda Tellington-Jones (Why TTEAM® for Your Horse? - Tellington TTouch Training™) and it forever changed the way I interact with my horses. Since then I've become a Reiki practitioner (Reiki for Horses) and it truly enhances the relationship and bonding with any horse. Give it a try!
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-29-2012, 08:26 PM
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I've never massaged my horse but my instructor talks about how she used to do it to all of her horses. She still masages her oldest one (28 y/o) who has cancer. They all enjoy it. But after reading this I think I'm going to go watch some videos on it and try it out tomorrow when I'm at the barn!
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-29-2012, 09:01 PM
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Certainly!!! Especially after a long secession of fencing & stopping, on my competition horse. I make him stretch out his back, loin, & croup, and then I rub it down and massage it.

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post #8 of 9 Old 07-29-2012, 09:26 PM
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Good grooming is a great way to massage a horse using a rubber curry comb in a circular motion. It's also a great workout. I use one arm for one side and the other for the other.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-29-2012, 11:37 PM
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I've always had the habit of 'massaging' my horses... when I'm riding or something, I reach down and massage their withers a bit, or their ears, or sometimes after a bath I massage their back a bit. Nothing too hard, because I don't want to mess anything up. It's really just habit as I'm a really touchey- type of person...
If I had the money though, I'd get them massages, lol. I plan on learning a bit myself, because like I said I'm a touchey person and it would just be nice for them.
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