It will increase range of motion, enhance muscle tone, relieve stress and tension, and also increase mental clarity required to focus for training. The massage will also improve the horse’s circulation which is what leads to more rapid healing of injuries. A maintenance massage is usually needed one once a month.
Why do horses need massages?
Massage loosens scar tissue gradually, helping the horse move more freely and reducing the associated pain. Massage and stretching can help restore a horse’s mobility after an injury by reducing tension as collagen fibers heal and realign themselves post trauma.
Why would a horse need a chiropractor?
Chiropractic provides additional diagnostic approaches that are not currently available in veterinary medicine. The main indications for equine chiropractic evaluation are back or neck pain, localized or regional joint stiffness, poor performance and an altered gait that is not associated with obvious lameness.
How often should my horse get a massage?
How often should my horse receive bodywork? The frequency of a bodywork program depends on many factors, including the horse’s age, riding discipline, workload and overall health. Generally, horses benefit most from bodywork every 4-8 weeks.
How often should my horse see the chiropractor?
How Frequently Will My Horse Need to Be Adjusted? For most problems, a horse may require two to three adjustments spaced anywhere between two to six weeks apart.
When should you not massage a horse?
Don’t massage your horse if your horse has…
an acute injury (fracture, open wound, tendon injury etc.) acute mental trauma (your horse will associate massage with pain/fear/discomfort etc.) had a vaccine or other injection less than four days ago – or even longer, ask your vet!
How do you know if your horse needs to see a chiropractor?
Signs your horse needs an adjustment:
- Pain and stiffness when moving or being touched.
- Reduced performance.
- Abnormal gait, shortened stride or lameness.
- Inability or difficulty taking or maintaining a lead.
- Inability or difficulty in engaging or collecting.
- Difficulty working “long and low”
How long does a horse chiropractor take?
Most animals are relaxed during their appointment. Sedation is not required and is often undesirable since it will interfere with the ability of the nervous system to respond to the treatment. Most adjustments in horses take between 15-30 minutes.