Horse and Hound Wellness


(For Equine Bodywork)

Question: Where does the bodywork session take place?
Answer:  The session takes place at the owner's barn/stable.  If the total travel distance is in excess of 40 miles, a travel fee may apply.

Question:  How long does the session last?
Answer:  The initial session will include a questionnaire to be completed by the owner, as well as a  brief evaluation of the horse to get an idea of the   restrictions/problem areas on the horse.  This session takes approximately 75 minutes. Any follow-up sessions will last approximately one hour. If the session happens to go over the hour, I do not charge for extra time.  I charge by the session and am happy to spend a bit more time with the horse if I feel it is needed.

Question:  Might my horse be sore after the massage?
Answer:  My knowledge and experience enable me to use just enough pressure on the horse to accomplish the desired effect.  However, all horses are different  and some are more sensitive than others.  If there is soreness, it should dissipate in a couple of days after the session.

Question:  When will I notice improvement?
Answer:  All horses have a unique situation and improvement varies from horse to horse.  It is possible to see notable results immediately.  It is also possible that improvement may take a few sessions.  Results will vary depending on the situation of the animal.

Question:  Does my horse have to be clean prior to the massage?
Answer:  While it would be greatly appreciated if the horse was clean, it is not necessary.  However, please make sure to wipe or knock off any clumps of dirt, mud or manure from the horse before the session and have him prepared for the massage so we can started as soon as I arrive.

Question:  How often should I schedule bodywork for my horse?
Answer:  The frequency depends on the activity level of the horse, his health and the extent of any injury.  The average horse is ridden 3-5 days per week and is moderately active.  I suggest this horse receive massage monthly, allowing for a regular check (maintenance) on the horse's muscular condition.

Competition horses endure more serious training and have strenuous physical demands.  I suggest that these horses receive bodywork approximately every other week to keep them at an optimum performance level.

A horse that is retired and/or used for pleasure may only require bodywork every 6 weeks or so.

Question:  Must I be present during the massage?
Answer:  If you prefer to be present during the session that is fine but not necessary.   I take notes on the session and will relay all pertinent information to you if you decide not to be present.

Question:  Is there a time that a massage should not be performed on my horse?
Answer:  Yes, if any of the following exist:
  Shock - massage can lower blood pressure and when in shock the blood
   pressure is already low;
  Fever - Fever is the body's way of fighting off an infection. Since massage
  can speed up the metabolism it could alter the healing process;
  Cancer - Massage may spread a condition which may be isolated. A vet's
  approval is needed in this case.

Question:  Why is it important to get a Vet's approval before the massage?
Answer:  Equine bodywork involves the application of hands-on modalities. Therefore, it is important to clarify any contraindications or
diagnosed conditions prior to the session so that the massage may be done