an animal is forced into the service of men, every one of us
must be concerned for any suffering it bears on that account. No
one of us may
permit any preventable pain to be inflicted, even though the
responsibility for that pain is not ours. No one may appease his
conscience by thinking
that he would be interfering in something that does not concern
him. No one may shut his eyes and think the pain, which is therefore
to him, is nonexistent". ..... Albert Schweitzer
of our horses work hard to reach the results we expect
of them. Whether being ridden for trail, pleasure or top performance,
striving to perform to our expectations can experience injury
and/or pain as a result.
Massage plays an
important role in prevention and relief of stress, and recovery of
injury by evaluating the "whole" horse, not just targeting
one area or symptom.
Massage techniques will relax an excited horse,producing a calming effect
for trailerloading, and handling by
the vet or farrier. It also aids in the release of toxin build-up,
increases oxygen which
metabolism and shortens recuperation time. From stall-bound horses
to top performers,
all horses benefit from massage.
Please note, horses
exhibiting signs of serious illness or injury should be examined
veterinarian prior to massage to rule out any contraindications
In memory of Rudy
are some signs your horse may be in need of massage therapy?
tissue can be overused, overstretched, and overloaded, resulting
in tissue lesions that cause pain and restrict motion. Symptoms
include head and
neck discomfort, shortened stride, sore or "cold back", hip
or shoulder lameness.
I apply massage techniques which spread muscle fibers, freeing restrictions
and adhesions, increasing blood and oxygen, and removing metabolic waste,
relieving tension and improving overall performance.
Considerations for Massage Therapy:
- Sixty percent of
the horse's body weight is muscle.
respond to stress or injury by hyper-contraction. This results
stress on an opposing muscle or joint.
- Muscle soreness
can be the result of injury, cooling down too fast, structural
or systemic imbalance, overstretching or overuse/misuse.
- Muscles, damaged
or not, do not show up on X-Rays.
- Muscle problems
are cumulative in nature. If one set of muscles is tight,
the horse, like us, will have to compensate by tensing up and
- Like us,
horses anticipate pain. Their way of going becomes short and
in an uneven gait
Benefits of Equine Massage Therapy:
- Improves circulation
- Enhances muscle
- Relaxes muscle spasms
- Relieves tension
- Improves disposition
- Improves performance
- Restores free-flowing motion
“ Thanks for the help. Today my horse was doing all these really odd stretches
with her neck. I had never seen her do this in all the time I've owned
her. I think she really feels so much better.”
(One Week After Massage)
I am so happy for my “kids” that they will have what really
helps them, especially Annie. You should see the change in her even today. “
Major is an aged Quarter
Horse gelding that has had colic surgery in the past, and has recently
been exhibiting signs of mild colic such as lying
down, rolling, nipping at his side:
“Major is doing great. I haven’t seen him showing any signs
of colic for the past several days since his massage. In fact, he’s
ready for a trail ride”.
"This morning, when I brought (my horse) out of his pen, his walk was really
It was even and the toes weren't dragging; he had his old walk back.
I massaged (per instruction) and walked and stretched him then turned him
in the front field with the old gelding to graze and walk. I am so
pleased! I am so excited!"
to tell you my dressage score improved 2.5 points. My horse felt wonderful
weekend and I am certain the massage made a
difference. We finished 3rd in a field of 19 at our first novice event!! "
"Hey Kathy!! Great
news!! (My horse) was sound today!!! I actually worked him for the first
today since you massaged him last and he was sound on that back right
leg! I am thrilled. I thought that a few days off might be good for him.
He was quite full of himself. I lunged him first and he was sound. He
was still dropping that right hip just a little bit on a circle BUT way
better than he has been going!! When I got on his back we did a nice
brisk walk on the buckle for about 10 minutes - trying to get him to
stretch down a bit. I asked him for a trot just once around the ring
and he picked it up nicely with no problem! - No kicking out at my leg!!
So, hopefully, we are over the hump!!
I can not help but think that your
massaging has done wonders for him!!
Thank you SO much!!"
Body Deep Muscle Massage:
Also offered as pre-purchase massage, pre and post event massage.
Sessions last approximately one hour or longer at $65 per horse.
Two horse discount available for same-day visit.
Inquire about upcoming clinic dates and locations. Gift certificates available.
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therapy is not a substitute for proper foot, dental or veterinary
consult a qualified equine health care professional for proper treatment.
|Photo Gallery - A few of my clients in action!
Holsteiner Dressage Prospect
QH Barrell Racer
you are interested in hosting a clinic at your facility in or around the Fayetteville area, please contact
me for information. Clinics/workshops
include hands-on demonstration of massage strokes and discussions,
of massage on Colic, Laminitis, Stress
TO massage and when NOT to massage
and why massage benefits every horse from foal, to performance,
the experts say
Inquire about upcoming clinic dates and locations.
Equissage® - Equine sports massage certification. www.equissage.com
Georgia Equine Rescue League. www.gerlltd.org
of Animal Massage Therapists www.iaamt.com
Kathy Hales, CESMT
Georgia Equine Rescue League
International Association of
Animal Massage Therapists