Making Horses Happy!
I believe ANY horse that has sustained an injury, no matter how slight, will continue to have a weak link unless we fix the underlying cause – and bring balance back to the body. Massage is a modality that works well in conjunction with many other modalities – western and eastern medicine alike.
Don’t know if your particular horse needs massage? There are so many types of horses that I work on, from high level Dressage, Hunter, and Jumper horses, to Endurance horses, Trail horses, and Miniature horses. I work on all ages and all disciplines. I’ve worked on horses as young as 3, who are just starting their life in training, to horses as old as 25, who are slowly coming to the end of their careers.
I often find different patterns in different disciplines, but a muscle is a muscle. If it gets tight, if it has a knot, if it is overdeveloped or underdeveloped, it isn’t able to function properly. Muscle tissue needs to lie flat, have enough nutrients and hydration, and be able to contract AND relax in order to do its job. If a muscle is in spasm, it is contracted all the time. If that muscle happens to be a major back muscle, it is compromising multiple muscles and connective tissue in the back and the haunches.