The moving parts of the body, both equine and canine, were designed to move freely and without pain. All too often the loss of this free motion is the result of muscle tightening which has developed from repeated strains and exertions. The other contributing factors of age, nervousness, overuse and residual effects of injury further compound the issue.
We all want the maximum effort from our horse. If a muscle is not functioning to it’s maximum, then neither will the horse. Further, that muscle that is not working for you then will actively work against you. What began as a small issue, with continued stress, can become a significant injury. A muscle that cannot function properly because of this tightening will pull or tear.
Massage will find these tightening muscles and work to restore them to full function. Regular massage will help to prevent the initial muscle tension.
Other issues in the joints and feet may cause secondary muscle problems. If these problems are not addressed, they will remain a factor even after the other issues are resolved. Again, massage is beneficial throughout the healing process.
The muscle system is the system responsible for motion. A problem in the muscle system will therefore restrict motion. The increase in circulation that is achieved with massage is invaluable to the motion of the horse.