What is Equine Body Work?

Equine Body Work involves a range of massage techniques as well as stretching exercises to help increase range of motion, improve circulation and improve performance in the horse. It is a hands on therapy that has many benefits to the horse. It is a non-invasive therapy which considers the horse as a whole. It helps to relieve any muscle spasms or tension and helps to enhance muscle tone. As an equine body worker it is my job to offer the best care and attention for your horse.

Benefits of massage:

  • Increase range of motion and flexibility
  • Improve stamina
  • Improve disposition
  • Provide comfort
  • Enhance performance
  • Enhance gait quality
  • Improve the circulation
  • Reduce the tactile defense
  • Assess the physical condition

Signs that your horse may benefit from a massage:

  • Bucking/Rearing
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Tail swishing or attempting to bite when fastening the girth
  • Striking off on the incorrect canter lead or becoming disunited in the canter
  • Poor performance
  • Stumbling
  • Refusing jumps or knocking poles
  • Stiffness
  • Difficult to mount
  • Difficult to handle

Equine Body Work is useful for the regular well being of the horse, to improve performance, as a preventative measure or to assist in a horses rehabilitation programme following injury.

Massage is never a replacement for proper veterinarian care and can only be carried out with permission from your vet.