I get asked all the time what type of horse benefits from massage therapy - the short answer?
ALL HORSES BENEFIT FROM MASSAGE THERAPY.
In my last blog I detail out how to create a massage therapy schedule for you horse no matter the discipline or work load.
Does my horse really need to be on a massage schedule? you may ask. Yes. Yes they do. I have one really great story about how impactful it can be.
A question I often get asked is: how often should my horse get massaged?
If you're interested in creating a massage therapy schedule for your horse, think about the other schedules your horse is on: farrier - once every 4-6 weeks, typically; chiropractor - maybe once a month or once every other month; dentist - twice a year; and the list could go on.
My new VIP Customer Program was developed to encourage incorporating a massage schedule into routine horse care - much like farrier visits or chiropractic care.
Epic is a 2008 Thoroughbred mare, retired from racing in 2013. I worked on her for the first time about a year ago at Grey Goose Farm in St. Johns Florida. Massage sessions aren't always about finding and treating trigger points within the muscle structure. Sometimes it's a way to help a naturally nervous horse relax, both physically and mentally.
In order to build muscle during your horse's training, many small tears are made in the muscle fibers which are then fused back together to form new muscle protein strands -- this process happens after a exercise or training not during.