Why Massage a Horse

The area is calm and quiet. It’s also a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Soft firm fingers and hands are pressing points and gently rubbing the tight muscles. Pretty soon the stress is fading, the pain is lessening, and a kind of drowsiness takes over. These are some of the reasons why we as humans have a massage. These are also some reasons why we massage a horse. Other reasons may include preventing an injury or if the horse is injured, massaging may help take some of the pain away.


To Prevent Injury:

Massaging a horse can prevent injuries because it keeps the horse and his muscles supple and strong as he does his daily routine and movements. When he is performing in events if his muscles are in shape he is less likely to over stretch or strain.


If an Injury Occurs:

If your horse does get hurt and it happens no matter how hard you try to prevent it. When that happens, doing some massage therapy can help bring back the muscles the way they were before the injury. A vet should always be consulted before a massage takes place though. It should be treated and the vet giving the go ahead for massage.


As a Pain Reliever:

When a horse is diagnosed with laminitis a massage therapist may be able to help with relieving the pain. A horse suffering from laminitis is truly suffering and in a lot of pain. Laminitis is when the laminae part of the hoof begins to collapse. There is heat in the hoof and the horse won’t want to move much.
Massage can help because when the horse is trying to get away from the pain he is using muscles in his neck and down the shoulder. These muscles get sore. The massage will help ease some of this pull.
I can’t say it enough; always have a vet check out your horse if you think he may be suffering from laminitis and especially before starting any massage routine.


Certification Requirement:

There are all kinds of courses to explore online that offer certification to become an equine massage therapist. In my research I found that a person can start in with no hours of schooling or you can acquire hours of said schooling and still may not have a certificate that says you are a legitimate massage therapist. It goes by state and through veterinarian regulations. So there you go on that subject.
If you do want someone to massage your horse I would ask how many hours of training they have and if they do have a certificate that shows how many hours they have actually put in to learn this skill.


Any Other Times to Massage?

If there are any other times to massage your horse I think it would be like for us; if we feel they are stressed or just need a little relax time to get rid of any tightness in their muscles. It may be a special time to spend with your horse and give some comfort without doing any of the regular riding or ground work. This is purely my opinion.
I think it would be fun to learn some massage techniques and use them on my mare once in a while for relaxation and comfort. I am not a certified therapist. I stress, again, please consult with a veterinarian before you do any massage therapy especially where an injury is involved.
Thanks for stopping by my hitching post. What are your thoughts and opinions on equine massage? Please leave a comment or ask a question. I’ll do my best to answer.

4 thoughts on “Why Massage a Horse

  1. You explain clearly enough each one of the reasons why to massage a horse is a good idea. If you love your horse , it is important to take care of it in the best possible way and preventing injuries is one way to do it. I did not know that there were equine massage therapists! I learned something new today! Blessings,

    1. Hi Hilda,
      Thank you for your kind words. So glad you learned something. I learn something new about horses all the time. Thank you taking the time to comment. 🙂

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