FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to inform my vet before my horses massage?
Yes. In most cases this can be confirmed by a quick phone call to your vet by yourself or if you would prefer I can contact them on your behalf. Occasionally the vet will ask for a consent form to be signed which I can arrange, also if your horse is undergoing any medical treatment I may contact your vet and discuss with them first before starting a massage.
Will I need to do anything to prepare my horse for its massage?
On the day of treatment it is best not to ride immediately before the massage session and a clean, dry horse is preferable if possible!
How long will the massage take?
A massage session takes on average 1 ½ hours although the initial first appointment may take a little longer as I will need to take more detailed notes.
How soon after treatment can I ride my horse?
In most cases you can ride your horse almost immediately after a massage. Occasionally a horse that has been very tight and locked in their muscles may require a rest on the day of treatment but can normally be ridden the following day.
After my horse's massage will I have to book in for regular treatments?
The beauty of massage is that even one massage can produce fantastic results and you will be in no way obliged to book your horse for further treatments. Some horses do require several treatments in close succession if the problems are more severe and you would be advised of this after your first appointment. Obviously regular massages are of huge benefit to your horse however financial circumstances may mean that this is not possible. I have some clients that book in reguarly each month but also others that will just book when they feel their horse needs a treatment and when they can afford it.
When the massage treatment is finished is there anything I can do to help keep my horse supple and free from muscular tension?
After the massage you will be given a Post Treatment Plan which will contain details of your horses treatment for that session, stretches and exercises to help keep him/her supple and any other advice that I may feel relevant. Clients that have the best results with their horses after a massage are generally the ones that follow the plan and incorporate the streches into their horses daily routine.
Please note that the contents of this plan will be related to muscular therapy only and is in no way a substitute for veterinary advice.