Many people enjoy treating themselves to a relaxing massage. So, why not reward your horse with one! It’s more than just a ‘feel good thing’ though. In fact, massages are extremely beneficial to athletes and their muscles (horses included).
Have you noticed your horse struggling to bend? How about general stiffness or hollowing out their back? There’s a long list of problems associated with stiff and sore muscles that could use a massage or adjustment.
Reasons for Massage Therapy
- Improve circulation
- Prevention of injury
- Better range of motion
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Pain relief
- Improve sleep
- Increase flexibility
- Improve muscle tone
- Support the immune system
- Treatment for certain injuries
After deciding this therapy is something you’d like to try for your horse, it’s important to find a skilled practitioner. Your veterinarian may know of a certified or approved one. Make sure they’re well-versed in the anatomy and muscles of horses. Furthermore, they should also handle your horse comfortably and outline the results they hope to achieve.
The National Board of Certification For Animal Acupressure and Massage has a list of certified therapists that specialize in equines.
Massage therapy is definitely worth checking out! Head over to: Equine Massage Therapy: The Key To Keeping Your Horse Healthy And Performance Ready for more information.