Frequently Asked Questions
It’s important to us that our customers feel fully informed and confident when working with us, which is why we’ve made an extensive list of frequently asked questions for you to browse through. If you have a question that isn’t included below, feel free to reach out to us today.
Initial consultations can take anywhere between 1.5-2 hours due to the in-depth history taking and assessment prior to treatment. It rarely takes 2 hours, but please allow this amount of time just in case. Following sessions usually take between 1-1.5hrs depending on the nature of the massage and the size of the horse.
Yes, under the Veterinary Surgeon Act 1966, any Equine Sports Massage Therapist must obtain veterinary consent prior to treatment. Charlotte will do all of this for you prior to your appointment.
The number of sessions required will depend on what is found when treating your horse. Some horses will only need maintenance sessions, which we usually recommend to have every 7-8 weeks at a time depending on the horse, or perhaps sooner if you are regularly competing or doing strenuous work and feel that your horse needs a regular ‘top-up’. However, if there is a lot of pain/soreness found in a session, or the horse is following a rehabilitation program, the horse may benefit from more regular treatment. A plan will always be made at the end of each session.
Please note that equine sports massage is not a substitute for veterinary treatment and if there was ever question for concern which I felt a vet should investigate further I will always work with you and refer you back to your veterinarian.
I normally recommend a 24-hour rest period following a massage treatment for the horse to recover from any post-treatment soreness that they may have. However, it will always be dependent on the session, and the horse. Please bear these factors in mind if you have a competition or a lesson planned following treatment.
After every session Charlotte will discuss her findings with you and will begin to create a plan with you going forward. As part of this plan you will be given a selection of stretches, groundwork, pole work and ridden exercises to complete between treatments.
If any of the following characteristics sound familiar to you, then your horse could benefit from a sports massage.
- Shortened strides
- Refusing / knocking down poles (when they normally wouldn’t)
- Struggling / unable to get the correct canter lead
- Hollowing on the back
- Head carriage issues / refusing / fighting
- ‘Hanging’ or stiff on one rein
- Bucking or rearing
- Dragging their feet
- Tripping – on the ground or ridden
- Unhappy when being groomed
- Irritated / biting / moving around when being tacked up
- Fidgeting at the mounting block
- Kicking out
- Starting to bite – especially when being tacked up / touched
- ‘Snatching’ or kicking out when trying to pick their feet out / playing up for the farrier!
Absolutely not! Equine massage is beneficial for every type of horse, whether they are on box rest, retired or competing at Grand Prix level, horses all have the same musculo-skeletal structure and implications that come with that. Treatments can also help horses who have:
- Had saddle / tack issues
- Suffered a fall or other type of injury
- Is on box rest
- Is retired / old and struggles with stiffness, mobility or rolling / getting up and down.
- Has uneven muscle development
I cannot stress enough the endless benefits that massage therapy can have for your horse, which is supported not only by those who have experienced equine massage, but also years of scientific research! Here are just a few of the benefits:
- Injury prevention
- Stress relief
- Increased flexibility and range of movement
- Increased circulation
- Improve and increase muscle tone
- Boosts the immune system
- Improves performance
- Reduces inflammation and alleviates pain
- Aids drainage of the lymphatic system
- Can be used pre-event to loosen and warm up muscles prior to an event, or it can be used post-event to relieve muscle tension, aid recovery and return the muscles back to their normal state much quicker than they would without a massage.