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EQUINE Massage FOR THE SPORTS AND LEISURE HORSE

KIRSTY PROVIDES:

  • EXPERIENCED EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE
  • MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT
  • KNOWLEDGE OF EQUINE MUSCLES AND BIOMECHANICS
  • INSTRUCTION IN BENEFICIAL SCHOOLING

MASSAGE PROVIDES:

  • 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:

Your horse:

  • 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 equine massage

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.

Asking for a detailed history of your horse

You will be asked to give a detailed history of your horse.

Their injuries, schooling problems, competition history are all taken into consideration.

Static Observation

Static observation of your horse

Kirsty will observe your horses:-

  • environment
  • temperament
  • condition
  • conformation
  • posture
  • foot balance
  • saddle fit
  • teeth

Dynamic observation

Dynamic observation of your horse

Kirsty may want to see your horse move:-

  • in hand
  • on the lunge
  • loose
  • ridden

and if possible on different surfaces.

Kirsty watching your horse

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 your horse

Lunging the horse on a circle can highlight problems that are not apparent on the straight line.

The Massage

The start of the massage process

The massage starts with effleurage to acclimatise your horse to the touch and to encourage the circulation into the tissues.

Kirsty performing massage

Particular attention is paid to your horse’s specific problem areas.

Kirsty kneading the triceps

Kneading the triceps and wringing the hamstrings.

Cupping the gluteals

Cupping the gluteals and hacking the longissimus dorsi.

Kirsty giving active stretches

If appropriate, Kirsty will give your horse passive and active stretches

Equine stretches

Kirsty doing equine stretches

Accommodation is made for the different flexibilities of every horse.

Specialist equine stretches

Specialised stretches are sometimes necessary to gain specific results.

Finally, you will be advised on

  • Maintenance
  • 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

VIDEOS

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

Click to view a full list of criteria to start the ITEC course

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Lower Cwmgilla,
Cwmgilla Lane,
Knighton,
POWYS, LD7 1PG

Tel: 01547 520503 - Mob: 07885 370346