Get the edge on the competition with pre-event muscle preparation and mental relaxation. Increase your horse's stride length, flexibility and muscle tone.
Get your horse back on track. Relieve muscle tension and stiffness caused by exercise or injury, reduce pain and spasm, remove lactic acid build-up and prevent/reduce scar tissue.
Set your horse up to work the right way. Prepare muscles for work to ensure optimum function and posture, improve tissue elasticity to reduce likelihood of muscle tearing and encourage blood circulation for healthy body function.
Allow your horse to relax and refresh. Alleviate tension caused by excess pressures of tack placement and rider loading, improve posture and provide them with a well-deserved pampering!
Equine Massage & Rehabilitation for Health & Performance (EMA) Practitioner
(Level 5 qualification – passed with distinction 2018)
I embarked on this qualification having experienced first-hand the power of massage, both physically and mentally, in a veteran horse struggling through a difficult winter. Feeling helpless, I took it upon myself to research some basic massage and stretching techniques with the aim of making this well-loved mare feel more comfortable. However, the potential I saw in this form of therapy extended well beyond my expectations. After just one hour of very rudimentary massage attempts, I was amazed to see a visible change in mood, posture, appetite and behaviour, and on top of this, the closeness and gratitude I felt from this usually unaffectionate mare was remarkable and very special. Over time, with regular massage interventions, this mare thrived through to a very happy summer and beyond…and I knew what career I was destined for!
I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to work within this industry. For over 25 years, horses have been my passion, and I have always felt that any time spent with them is a true privilege. The more I have learned, the more driven I have felt to pass my knowledge on, and to help in some small way to ensure that our well-loved equine partners are receiving the attention and consideration that they wholly deserve. Sometimes, a fresh pair of eyes and a trained pair of hands is all that is needed to enhance the horse-human relationship to a point where major goals can be achieved.
When not ‘working’, I enjoy being with my own beautiful Gelderlander cross mare, Jules, who I aim to hack and to lightly compete as an allrounder as she regains her fitness and condition after some time out. Luckily, she enjoys massage(!), and her love of carrots makes the daily neck stretches particularly successful…!
She felt straighter, her saddle wasn’t sliding to the right and she wasn’t rushing and tense like she was last week. Her canter was also much stronger.
Susy – Post-maintenance massage to assist the transition from unridden to ridden work
He seemed to settle in his unfamiliar stable without the usual box-walking, and had shavings all over him this morning, so must have had a good rest! He was amazing today. Super pleased with him.
Kate – Post-relaxation massage to assist in settling for enhanced performance at a stay-away event
Hacked him out today and normally he’d have a short choppy stride until he warmed up but today he was striding out and much freer - your work is massively helping.
Emma - Post-remedial massage to tackle sore muscles during rehabilitation from back injury
Managed to do clean changes and saddle not slipping. Oh and no spooking! It’s made a huge difference.