EQUINE Massage FOR THE SPORTS AND LEISURE HORSE
- EXPERIENCED EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE
- MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT
- KNOWLEDGE OF EQUINE MUSCLES AND BIOMECHANICS
- INSTRUCTION IN BENEFICIAL SCHOOLING
- IMPROVED WELFARE
- IMPROVED SUPPLENESS AND RANGE OF MOVEMENT
- IMPROVED BALANCE, POSTURE AND EVENNESS
- IMPROVED PERFORMANCE AND TEMPERAMENT
- REDUCED ADVERSE EFFECTS OF TRAINING
- REDUCED LIKELIHOOD OF SERIOUS STRAINS
- REHABILITATION AFTER INJURY
SOME SIGNS WHEN MASSAGE WOULD BE BENEFICIAL:
- DISLIKES BEING GROOMED
- SHOWS STIFFNESS
- SHORTENED OR UNEVEN STRIDE LENGTH
- COLD BACKED
- RESISTANCE IN FLEXION
- RESISTANCE IN TRANSITIONS
- HEAD TILTING
- PREFERENCE OF CANTER LEAD
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF KIRSTY MASSAGES MY HORSE?
Before commencing a massage, Kirsty will obtain permission from your veterinary surgeon.
You will also sign an acceptance form stating that you allow Kirsty to proceed.
You will be asked to give a detailed history of your horse.
Their injuries, schooling problems, competition history are all taken into consideration.
Kirsty will observe your horses:-
- foot balance
- saddle fit
Kirsty may want to see your horse move:-
- in hand
- on the lunge
and if possible on different surfaces.
Kirsty watches the horse walking on a straight line.
Joint flexion, straightness of limb movement, symmetry of muscular structure, as well as lower leg and foot balance are scrutinised for any irregularity.
Lunging the horse on a circle can highlight problems that are not apparent on the straight line.
The massage starts with effleurage to acclimatise your horse to the touch and to encourage the circulation into the tissues.
Particular attention is paid to your horse’s specific problem areas.
Kneading the triceps and wringing the hamstrings.
Cupping the gluteals and hacking the longissimus dorsi.
If appropriate, Kirsty will give your horse passive and active stretches
Accommodation is made for the different flexibilities of every horse.
Specialised stretches are sometimes necessary to gain specific results.
Finally, you will be advised on
- Some massage techniques you can use regularly
- How often your horse may need a massage
- Ridden or in hand exercises you can use to improve your horse’s suppleness and athleticism
- Whether your horse needs Veterinary attention
All videos Courtesy of the Equine Sports Massage Association
KIRSTY’S MASSAGE TRAINING
Kirsty holds ITEC Diploma in Human Anatomy, Physiology and Massage since 1997
Kirsty holds ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage since 1998
Kirsty was Chairman of Equine Sports Massage Association for 10 years
Kirsty is now Company Secretary of ESMA
All members have to do Continued Professional Development every year
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