Initial Consultation - Approximately 1.5hrs
We will begin the appointment by having a brief discussion about the history of the horse and any concerns you may have, before moving on to the static and dynamic assessment. During the static assessment, I will view various factors such as the horse's posture, conformation and condition. Moving on to the dynamic assessment, I will then view the horse being walked, trotted, backed up and turned in circles to see where any asymmetries lie or if there are any issues. I am also happy to view the horse ridden or lunged, but please let me know prior to the appointment so I can allow for enough time. After the dynamic assessment I will move on to the palpation, during which I will work through key muscle groups checking for adhesions and tight, sore areas. Once I have ascertained where the issues lie, I will move on to the massage treatment and where appropriate make use of my therapy equipment for no extra charge. After the massage I shall apply some passive stretches to the horse, and where possible, demonstrate and explain some exercises for the client to do in between appointments. At the end of the appointment I will provide a full write up report of my findings and treatment as well as recommendations.
Follow up maintenence or rehabilitation appointment - every 4-8 weeks - Approx 1 - 1.5hrs
Similar to above, but the static and dynamic assessments will be tailored to the horse.
Relaxation Massage - Approx 30 minutes
Great for any horse needing to unwind, as well as for youngsters, rescues and pre-breaking. A gentle yet thorough treatment which will leave your horse relaxed.
Pre/Post Competition massage - Approx 30-45 minutes
The pre-competition massage aims to warm the main muscle groups up ensuring they're as supple as possible. I will also carry out some fascia release to ensure the horse is competition ready. As massage promotes the release of essential oils, the horse will be left with a gleaming coat. The post-competition massage is designed to alleviate any signs of stiffness by carrying out a relaxing massage and some gentle stretching.
Polework Sessions - 30 mins/1hr - private and group sessions (up to 4 people)
New for 2020! The polework sessions can be completed from the ground in hand, by long reining or lunging, or ridden, or a combination! These sessions are completely tailor made to suit yours and your horse's requirements and are open to both regular massage clients and clients just requiring some inspiration to help build their horses up correctly. I am happy to add a polework session on to a massage treatment (for a small surcharge) or hold separate sessions in between massage appointments.
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As a result of the Veterinary Act (1966) and the subsequent exemptions; it is ILLEGAL for any person, other than the owner of the animal, to treat an animal unless the permission of the animals Veterinary Surgeon is SOUGHT and OBTAINED.
The implications of the Veterinary Act (1966) are to safeguard the Welfare of Horses. As a direct result, the Equine Masseur must contact the Veterinary Surgeon used by the client and gain permission to treat the animal.
There are many therapists of varying specialism working outside the parameters of the Veterinary Act (1966). These individuals are BREAKING THE LAW. They are often not INSURED, or not members of a professional body.
The Veterinary Surgeons Act, passed in Parliament in 1948 to protect the welfare of sick and injured animals from treatment by unqualified persons.