What is Equine Sports Massage Therapy
Equine massage is an effective therapeutic treatment therapy for all horses and can release tension and aid relaxation. Massage can be adapted to suit horses from every discipline, ranging from pre and post competition, to sports rehabilitation sessions and routine massages for companion horses and those recovering from injury and box rest.
If your horse shows any of the following signs or symptoms, they may benefit from equine massage therapy:
- Preference to one rein
- Head shaking or tilting
- Bucking and rearing
- Lack of flexion at the poll
- Difficulty with lateral movements
- Uneven stride length
Fully Qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist
Becky is a fully qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (ESMT) and utilises the following techniques during her treatments:
- Massage (Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Friction)
- Myofascial Release
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Passive stretches
- Aftercare and advice tailored to your horse
Equine Massage Benefits
- Maintaining strength and suppleness
- Injury prevention
- Reduce and relieve adhesions (scar tissue) following injury
- Relax muscle spasm
- Increase and improve circulation
- Increase range of movement and joint mobility
- Prevention of muscle atrophy (wasting) following periods of box rest or restricted work
- Minimising stiffness after exertion (during exercise)
- Speeds up repair of damaged tissue following injury, physical stress and fatigue
What can I expect during treatment?
During your appointment, a comprehensive history of your horse will be taken, followed by treatment which will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes. After the session, Becky will discuss any advice and exercises to carry out between treatments.
In the U.K, the Law states that all equine therapists must seek veterinary permission before treating your horse. Becky is a qualified, certified and insured Equine Sports Massage Therapist and will arrange this prior to each of your appointments, even just for routine check-ups.
As a qualified human chiropractor, Becky has a wealth of experience in human postural assessment. She is therefore also able to offer ridden assessment of your riding posture to help assess things such as whether you may have restricted range of movement or biomechanics, which may, in turn, be affecting your horse when in work. Becky can undertake this assessment as part of a chiropractic appointment (detailed below) and is happy to discuss options for your own treatment in line with your horse, to enable you both to perform at your best ability.
Pricing and Booking Information
Full Equine Sports Massage £45
(Appointment length – Initial appointment up to 1 hour 30 minutes, follow-ups are approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour 15 minutes)
Pre-Event and Post-Event Massage £30 or £55 when booked together
(Pre and post event massage appointment length approximately 30mins – 50 mins)
Chiropractic is an effective treatment to address rider misalignment or reduced range of movement which can, in turn, affect your ridden work with your horse.
Chiropractic initial consultation and follow up appointments are available at your yard and are carried out in line with Covid-19 restrictions and Government guidance on a portable Chiropractic bench.
Initial Consultation £65 (1 hour – 1 hour 15 minutes)
Follow up appointments £45 (approximately 30 minutes)
Horse and Rider Bookings
£5 discount will be applied to both Chiropractic and Massage treatment when you book yourself and your horse in for treatment on the same day.
£5 discount will be applied for Massage and Chiropractic treatment for three or more horses at the same yard
Extra charges may be requested for travel over 15 miles from Burgess Hill, RH15.
Payment can be made via BACS payment and is required on the day, prior to appointment. A booking fee of £15 will be requested to secure your booking.
In the event you need to reschedule your appointment, we ask that you please give 24 hours’ notice. A copy of our terms and conditions will be issued at the time of your booking.
Your horse’s veterinary details will be requested upon booking to seek permission prior to treatment. In most cases, I will be able to do this for you.
If you have any questions relating to Equine Sports Massage and would like to make a booking, please contact Becky.