Massage can help horses in many ways Massage is the act of softening muscles to ease discomfort. This can help reduce bad behavior. Misbehaving is the horse’s way of telling humans something is wrong. Discomfort or pain may be the issue. Softening muscles helps enhance the horse’s ability to have a wider range of movement.
Massage stimulates the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems as well as the digestive system. The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are what controls heart beat, breathing and stress. Massage will help slow the rate of heart beat and breathing down and reduce stress. This is affective for horses that are especially nervous. The horse will find the calming affects of massage to be natural.
Excess fluids can be drained through the lymphatic system using massage techniques. The lymphatic system is what swells up and hold extra fluids the body cannot. Toxins are one example. Massage will move the fluids so that it can drain through the digestive system and the body will rid itself of it.
Stimulating these various systems may help reduce illness in a horse or make him/her feel more positive.
Here are just a few examples of how massage benefits horses: Competitors are using massage as a means of enhancing their horse’s ability to have more range in movement for competitions. Horse trainers are finding massage to be helpful in seeking out behavior problems. Broodmares can benefit from massage to help keep their internal systems healthy for the foal. I feel that any horse can benefit from massage.
Please consider the benefits of massage for your horse. I am more than happy to discuss massage with you or answer any questions. Let me help you and your horse feel good!