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    06-07-2010, 12:33 AM
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riding after a massage?

So, Lacey got a pretty intense massage today and I'm kinda wondering if it's fair to expect her to do much work tomorrow or if I should just give her the day off...

She's never had one before so she was popping joints all over the place and getting all loosened up (her muscles were seriously like jello when he was done, it was super impressive) and I don't want to go all the way out there just to discover that I really should have given her the day off, yknow?

I'll probably go out there anyway, but if she's acting totally fine, should I go about business as usual or go easy on her?
Obviously, if she seems stiff, I'll probably just groom her and maybe walk her around some but I'll let her be a couch potato if she wants to be.

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    06-07-2010, 12:39 AM
I tell my clients to give their horses the day off...after a serious massage, the muscles can actually be a bit sore the next day and unless its imparitive, let her rest. Sounds like you got a good EMT out there....I hope you see all the results you were looking for!
    06-07-2010, 12:41 AM
After the chiro does my horses I always give them a day or two and groom/hand walk those days that they have off. Especially when it is a big adjustment or the first time...

Your mare is older too right? It will probably take her body longer to bounce back so I would keep an eye on her. You know her best so I am sure that you will have good judgment
    06-07-2010, 12:54 AM
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My horse never gets a massage, but all the horses At the barn that do strictly must have the day after off, but I don't know much about thatstuff, LOL. :)
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    06-07-2010, 01:32 AM
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He seemed pretty good! And Lacey didn't try very hard to annihilate him so I figure that she approved! Haha
I can't wait until Wednesday, or so, to see what it did to her movement and general demeanor! I'm really excited!
So maybe I should go out there tomorrow to make sure she's happy and all, and to hand walk her around little. I think I'll do that before class, then I can show up to class and be all like "this is what I think of finals week: I live to smell like a horse and be dirty and I refuse to hide it any longer!" Haha!

Thank you for the tips!

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