The Benefits of Equine Massage

I was at a show last year and struck up a conversation with a girl that was showing. She had never had her horse massaged and had no idea what the benefits are. After talking a short while, she decided to schedule a massage between shows and I massaged her horse that evening. After the massage, I mentioned that her horse seemed rather tight on the left side. She immediately remarked that she had refused to give her the left lead in the latest practice session. When I met with her later the next day, she said her mare had performed beautifully in the morning show and had no hesitation in giving her the left lead and she had moved up to within the top ten. I massaged her mare a couple more times between shows and she eventually ended up in the top three! This is just a small example of the real benefits of an equine massage. We sometimes forget that our horses are athletes and get sore just like we do and a massage will frequently help.

Real world examples are always more interesting and helpful in my opinion, but… if you’re really interested, here’s a little more technical list of the benefits:

  • Elimination of toxins in the muscles
  • Enhanced muscle tone
  • Increased range of motion by restoring muscles to proper length
  • Reduces inflammation and swelling in joints by helping in the production of synovial fluid.
  • Releases endorphins – nature’s painkiller and tranquilizer.
  • Assists healing.
  • Lengthens connective tissue.
  • Beneficial to horses on stall rest.
  • Improved recovery time from workouts.
  • Generally improves the animal’s disposition.
  • Please keep in mind, massage does not replace proper veterinary care.
    It is designed to work in conjunction with veterinary care.

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