Here’s 5 frequently asked Q&A’s by certified equine massage therapist and sports trainer: Charlotte Morris of Gainesville, Texas.
1. What signs should I look for in my horse, that he or she need’s a massage therapist?
If your horse is unable to do a maneuver as usual, is cranky, girthy, bucking, tense, fidgety, standing in a strange way, refusing jumps, not wanting to interact with other horses or people, slide stopping with one foot farther ahead, if the horse is stiff in any direction.
2. How will I know if my horse feels better after the treatment?
It will be immediate improvement to having a better horse, and a more happier horse. I recommend it for sale horses to bring higher prices, for two year old’s in training. Bodywork ALWAYS helps!!!
3. What qualifications should a chiropractor have to work on horses?
A Chiropractor must be a vet with chiropractic training or a human chiro with vet supervision. An equine massage therapist has NO certifications required. I recommend someone who has attended a well run school or is human licensed. Best: ask for references.
4. Do I have to keep up with regular treatments or can I just use you once?
With regular maintenance of a great fitting saddle, and stretching, bodywork can be extended. I recommend a schedule according to the horse’s show or work load. Every month or two in heavy showing and training. This improves flexibility, accelerates exercise recovery, lessens the chance of injury and gives mental relaxation. It’s a small price to pay for improved performance.
5. How long will my horse need to have off after the treatment?
Ride immediately! He will be sedate but a nice hack will help toxins move through the body more quickly. I just don’t recommend strenuous work for a day unless you have a qualified experienced sports massage therapist.
I’ve used massage at Rolex right up to entering the dressage arena to keep a horse quiet. And the lovely relaxation provides beautiful movement. Horses can become tense in training or competition. It’s a great tool to help them relax.
Here’s a list of benefits of equine massage:
- Improved Preconception
- Pain Relief Immune System Support
- Stress Relief
- More Efficient Movement
- Relief From Restlessness and Sleep Disturbances
- Improved Posture, Circulation, Hair Coat, Muscle Tone
- Increased Flexibility and Range Of Motion
- Immune System Support
- Injury Prevention
- Increased Benefits When Used In Conjunction With Chiropractic and/or Acupuncture
About Charlotte Morris LMT, CEST. Licensed human massage therapist specializing in pain relief and a certified equine massage therapist and sports trainer. She learned the benefits of massage in her many years of competing in Ironman races, including the Hawaii World Championships.
Charlotte now travels the nation to help upper level eventers compete at their best. She has many Olympic, WEG, FEI, Rolex competitors in her clientele. She also teaches a certification in equine bodywork.
In her spare time, she competes and trains her eventer and reining horses. She also fits saddles and has a small tack and equine therapy sales business for Western and English disciplines.
To schedule a session with Charlotte, Call: (512) 914-6802 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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