The Benefits of Massage

The Benefits of Equine Massage

Increased Range of Motion
A better moving horse, less wear and tear on joints, ligaments and tendons. The dressage horse who is flexible looks and feelsbetter, is happier with their work, is easier to ride and will therefore achieve better results.  The race horse with the longer stride wins the race. The jumper who is flexible and agile will be a better jumper!

Improved Circulation
A massage is like a gym workout!  Increased circulation assists in the elimination of waste products in the system. For horses who are on restricted exercise/movement/recovering from illness, massage will be a great benefit in stimulating circulation.

Improves Stamina
With an increased range of motion your horse will be working effectively. This in turn will improve stamina.

Enhanced Performance & Gait
With increased range of motion and stamina, enhanced performance and gait will also occur. Once again the performance horse’s performance and working life is maximised.

Provides comfort & relaxation to muscle injuries and assists to promote healing
A relaxed muscle has less chance of being injured as it is working effectively. Once a restriction is removed the body is able to work as nature intended.  During rehabilitation massage and stretching can assist the healing process.

Ease Muscle Spasms

Loosens Scar Tissue
Scar tissues cause restrictions by placing tension on surrounding areas. This in turn can decrease movement and circulation to the injury area. The gelding scar is a good example – have you ever felt a gelding scar? Quite often it is cold. This indicates a lack of circulation to the area and can inhibit range of motion.  A scar release is the answer to this. Massage will assist other scars during the rehabilitation process to lay down better patterns.

Stress/Tension Release
That “knot” in the muscle, shortens the muscle and it’s attachments. It is imperative to muscle health that these “knot’s” are addressed as they can cause pain, pressure and interfere with the horses range of motion.

Improved Disposition
Listen to your horse, is he/she uncharacteristically pinning their ears back, not taking the correct lead, not wanting to jump?  They are telling you they are not “right”.