When to call the equine massage therapist ?

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Massage therapy can help, among other things:

  • In a rehabilitation or fitness program
  • To improve performance
  • To recover after an operation
  • Improve locomotion and flexibility
  • To alleviate chronic pain

Some signs that your horse is having pain:

  • Do not want to be touched in some places
  • Sensitive when grooming
  • Resistant to bit
  • Holds the head very high or very low
  • Problem when changing feet
  • Difficult lateral bending
  • Restricted in its movements
  • Experiences a particular discomfort
  • Lack of impulse
  • Etc.

Contraindications:

Although it has several advantages, equine massage therapy is called as a complementary therapy to traditional medicine. There are however some contraindications to respect, among others:

  • Fever
  • A contagious disease (such as ringworm or dermatitis)
  • An infectious disease (such as tetanus or pneumonia)
  • Acute phase pathology (tendinitis, lymphangitis, laminitis, tying up)
  • A skin lesion such as an open wound, burn, bite or bruise
  • Lameness not diagnosed by a veterinarian
  • Heart disease
  • A cancer or a tumor
  • A pregnant mare (less than 12 weeks)

N.B.: Equine massage therapy does not replace the evaluation and care provided by a veterinarian. Consult a veterinarian before making an appointment with an equine massage therapist, especially if your horse has signs & symptoms of any health problem. It will be my pleasure to work in team with you and any other equine health professional. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.