Free consultation - Requirement for all new clients/horses - Approx 45 mins
This is an in depth appointment during which I will listen to any concerns you may have and perform a static assessment making notes of the horses conformation to establish how this may affect his/her musculoskeletal system and way of going. I will then view the horse dynamically to assess how the horse performs during walking and trotting up. The horse will then be asked to take several strides backwards and turn in small circles to check for any areas where flexion and suppleness could be improved. It is at this stage that I will offer to view the horse on the lunge or ridden if so required by the client.
After the lunge/ridden session, I will then move on to palpate key areas of the horse to check for tension, adhesions and trigger points and to build up a further understanding of which muscle groups would benefit most from massage. I will then discuss her findings with the client the recommendations moving forwards - this may include recommending having a qualified saddle fitter check the fit of your saddle, or a qualified person carrying out dental work. A follow up maintenance/rehabilitation appointment will then be made and I will send you an email within the next few days confirming the appointment and a report of my findings for your records.
Follow up maintenence or rehabilitation appointment - every 4-8 weeks - Approx 1 - 1.5hrs
Beginning with palpating the key areas of the horse and carrying out a dynamic assessment to see if there are any changes from the previous appointment, I will carry out a full massage and myofascial release on the horse including stretching. A report of my findings will once again be forwarded to you.
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.
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.