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)