Requirements & Frequency of Treatment

Requirements

  • Your horse (body and legs) should be clear of clumps of dirt and manure. Hoofs should be picked clean. If moderate grooming is needed, a charge of $10.00 will be added to the session.

  • Please have your horse prepared so we can get straight to work when I arrive.

  • Someone should be available at the end of each massage session to lunge the horse to gradually cool the muscles and prevent post massage stiffness. If the owner or groom is not available I will lunge or walk the horse for an additional $10.

  • Stretching is an important part of a long-term program and is a great opportunity for the owner to enhance the relationship with their horse. I am also available to stretch your horse at the end of the session for an additional charge of $20.00.

  • Please provide 24 hours advance notice if your horse is unable to attend the session. Full charge will be applied if advance notice is not given.

Frequency of Treatment

  • The effects of therapeutic massage are cumulative. While a single massage may be a nice treat for your equine, the benefits of a single treatment will diminish after some time. Frequency depends upon the equine - his health, conformation, injury and medical history. I recommend that the average horse be massaged monthly to allow a regular check on muscular health and impact of training.

  • Horses coming out of stressful situations, extensive stall rest injury etc. programs for these horses will be customized accordingly.

  • Those in more demanding work should increase massage to twice monthly and horses in upper tiers of training or show and where performance place demands upon their minds and body, should receive massage every 3 to 5 days.

  • Older horses and retirees can receive massage every 6 weeks. More time than this will diminish the benefits of massage and will allow problems to re-emerge before they are resolved.