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All About Equine Massage

Equine massage therapy is rooted in human sports performance massage. A variety of techniques are utilized in equine massage including Swedish massage, myofascial release massage, and Shiatsu to manipulate the soft tissues. Through these techniques, muscle fiber adhesions and toxins present in stress points along the body are mechanically released to relieve pain and tension.

Equine massage therapy has many incredible benefits for horses of all breeds, ages, and backgrounds including:

  • Increased blood & lymph circulation

  • Breaks up muscle adhesions & toxin buildup

  • Amplified muscle tone & function

  • Enhanced range of motion, flexibility, & stride length

  • Improved proprioception & body awareness

  • Reduced muscle pain, soreness, stress & tension

  • Increased endorphin release & relaxation

  • Aids in injury prevention

  • Improved athletic performance

Does your horse need a massage?

Horses present tension and stress in many ways depending on their discipline, workload, and personality. Here are some common signs your horse may benefit from bodywork:

  • Difficulty picking up or changing leads

  • Bucking, rearing, or stopping

  • Struggling to bend or collect

  • Drifting to one side

  • Hollowed back or topline

  • Lacking engagement in the hind end

  • Heavy or pulling on the bit

  • Negative shift in attitude

  • Knocking rails or poles

Massage therapy is not a replacement for veterinary care. If a serious issue is present, please contact your veterinarian.