Benefits of Equine Massage & Manipulation Therapy

Horses are athletes - from the hacking pleasure horse right through to the top level competition horse. Horses have adapted over time to carrying the weight of a rider on their back and to the demands we place on them, and we have the responsibility to make sure they can do this as comfortably as possible.

Human athletes always warm up and stretch before competing and have regular therapy sessions to enable them to perform at their best – horses can benefit from the same treatment to help them keep fit and healthy and at the top of their game.

Equine Sports Massage and Manipulation can help to prevent injury to your horse as well as aid recovery. Plus, a massage is a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the majority of horses!

Here are some of the benefits of equine massage and passive stretching combined with joint manipulation:

Benefits of Equine Massage - Horse running freely and comfortably

Increase and improve circulation/blood flow

  • Warms the muscles
  • Removes lactic acid
  • Relieves muscle fatigue
  • Releases muscle spasm
  • Improves muscle tone and elasticity
  • Improve range of movement
  • Reduces risk of pulled muscles
  • Minimise stiffness
  • Improve and reduce muscle atrophy/wastage
  • Induces rapid cell renewal and tissue repair
  • Speeds up recovery

Increase joint movement and flexibility

  • Helps ease painful, sore joints
  • Helps keep joints flexible

Other Benefits

  • Relax the nervous system
  • Assist in co-ordination
  • An effective way of identifying injury post-competition

       Digby benefitting from equine massage              Jager also received equine massage

Both Digby and Jager benefitted from equine massage sessions.


There are many tell tale signs of when a horse is suffering from a problem that could be helped by massage and manipulation therapy. On our how do I know if my horse needs a treatment page we provide more details on how to find out whether your horse could benefit from equine massage therapy.

Although there are many benefits of equine massage therapy it is not a cure. However, scientific research has shown that it can help to relieve pain and discomfort, improve a horse’s range of movement and enhance performance as well as inducing relaxation as detailed in this article by Horse and Hound. Muscles and joints never forget what has happened to them, so an old injury could still be affecting the horse.