Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a session last?
Anywhere between one to two hours.  I bill by the session, not the time spent on the horse.

When will I notice an improvement?
Sometimes there is an immediate notable improvement.  Sometimes it takes a few sessions 

My horse is off.  Can I have you look at him without veterinarian approval?
No, if your horse has a pre existing lameness, or other such condition, I ask that your veterinarian first clear the horse for massage.  

How often should a horse be worked on?
This all depends on the horses’ level of work, his conformation, his health, the extent of an injury, the footing, his tack fitting etc.  If the horse has a hard work load, a massage once a week is probably is appropriate.  The average working horse should be done at least once a month to receive maximum benefits as part of a maintenance program as well as serving to isolate any subtle developing problems that can be noticed by the body worker.  

How long do I have to wait until I can ride my horse after a session?
Follow-up exercise is a component of sports massage.  Healthy, sound horses can be ridden or exercised after their sessions. 

I have a show this weekend and this week is my horses’ first scheduled appointment, is this OK?
Once the horse is on a regular massage schedule, this would be OK, however, if this is your horses’ first session the horse needs to get used to a new way of feeling and moving and there is a chance he could be slightly sensitive after.  Horses adapt their movement for a number of reasons.  A horses’ increased range of motion may make you feel slightly out of sync the first time he is worked – not a good idea at a show!