Please keep in mind that massage is not a substitute for veterinary care, medical attention or examination. We do not diagnose disease, prescribe medications or manipulate bones.
How long is a typical full body massage?
On average, 45 minutes to an hour. A great deal depends on the horse. Is this their first massage? If so, it will take longer. How often do they receive massages? The longer you go between scheduling a massage, the longer it can take as there is more muscle tension to work through. Horses that have a regular massage schedule generally take around 45 minutes to an hour at most as their muscles are in good condition.
Can I ride my horse after the massage?
Yes! Activity after the massage is perfectly fine. Moving the horse around is a wonderfully effective way to prevent "after massage stiffness".
How often does my horse need to have massage therapy?
This depends on your horses level of activity. Below we have listed a few different options depending on your horses activity level.
(A) If your horses competes at high levels of competition the first week we would recommend three massages, the second week two massages, third week, one massage and thereafter a weekly massage.
(B) If your horse competes on a regular basis we recommend a massage once every two weeks.
(C) If your horse competes occasionally we recommend one massage every two weeks for six weeks; then, as needed.
(D) If your horse is used for pleasure riding or very light competition we recommend massage as needed.
Should I have my veterinarian check over my horse before I have massage work done?
This is a great question and we would say it's always a good idea. Any time there is injury, lameness issues, health issues or anything that you are in doubt about, a vet check is always advisable and preferred. Also, it is not unheard of for us to recommend a vet check if we find anything out of ordinary while performing the massage. When in doubt, call the vet. Massage is a supplemental therapy. It does not replace veterinary care nor is it considered to be a cure-all. It does, however, work very well with most types of therapies and treatments and aids the healing process.
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us!