How do I know if my Horse needs a Treatment?

If some of these characteristics sound familiar to you then your horse could benefit from a massage and manipulation treatment:

Ridden

Does your horse show any of the following when being ridden:

  • Shortened strides
  • Incorrect canter lead
  • Problems with lateral work
  • Hollowing of the back
  • Head carriage issues
  • Stiff on one rein
  • Bucking or rearing
  • Toe dragging
  • Regularly being on the forehand and not engaging hindquarters
  • Refusing or knocking down fences uncharacteristically

Bucking horse

Muscular tension or vertebral misalignments can be the cause of numerous ridden problems. If your horse is not responding to something you are asking him to do, it can be because his movement is being restricted by muscle tightness or underdevelopment, or a joint mobility problem.

Horse knocks fence down

Giving the correct aids so your horse understands is also of paramount importance, but a massage and passive stretching could greatly improve your horse’s way of going. Releasing the muscles of any spasms and stress points, and manipulating any stressed joints, will allow him to move more freely and help overcome problems alongside correct schooling.

 Behavioural

If your horse shows any of the following behavioural signs they may benefit from a treatment:

  • Unhappy being groomed
  • Irritated being tacked up
  • Not standing still to mount
  • Kicking out
  • Started to bite

horse bad behaviour

Horses are very tolerant animals and will withstand a lot of discomfort before asking us for help, which can sometimes be misinterpreted as bad behaviour. Some traits could be psychological but massage can also have a powerful effect on the mind as well as the body. The bad behaviour could be your horse’s way of telling you that he is pain or discomfort which is generally putting him in a bad mood!

A treatment from Equiflexion will identify any muscular soreness and problematic joints which could help your horse get back to his old self. Massage also affects the neurological system so can improve your horse’s overall feeling of wellbeing - the majority of horses find massage therapy very relaxing!

 Other

Treatments can also help horses suffering from:

  • Arthritis
  • Azorturia
  • Laminitis
  • Intermittent lameness
  • Delayed recovery after competition
  • Been cast
  • Had saddle fitting problems
  • Suffered a fall or other injury
  • Uneven muscle development

Horse suffering a fall whilst jumping a fence

If your horse is suffering from one of the ailments listed above, or has in the past, then a treatment from Equiflexion can provide some comfort. Gentle massage and passive stretching can ease the pain of sore joints and improve circulation and lymphatic drainage – which also benefits those horses who take a long time to recover after competition. Working alongside your vet, a therapist can help in lameness cases where the cause could be muscular.

Horse saddle not fitting properly

When a horse gets cast, they struggle and stress to recover themselves, sometimes for hours. This puts the body under a great deal of stress and can cause muscles to go into spasm. Ill fitting saddles are a common cause of back problems. If they are not fitted correctly to the horse and balanced they can impinge on the spinal processes as well as the muscles, restricting movement and causing muscle tightness.

If your horse has suffered a fall or direct trauma such as kick, there is likely to be oedema, inflammation and muscle soreness. Massage increases circulation and lymphatic drainage so can reduce swelling and scar tissue (which is thicker and more restrictive) enabling your horse to recover quicker and more effectively.