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These common areas of tension & pain generally have a direct link to an imbalance in the Myofascial kinetic lines, poor saddle fit, rider imbalances, unbalanced hooves, and/or an overload of new work.
When you know how to "read" your horse's body, these musculoskeletal issues can usually be easily remedied and prevented.
Knowledge is power!
You can empower yourself to take back control of your equine partner's health & soundness.
What to expect during a sports therapy session.
The first session will last 1.5-2 hours.
We will do two evaluations before beginning bodywork. The first is dynamic and includes walking your horse, and the second will be a visual and hands on assessment of your horse's posture and musculoskeletal system.
We will then start your horse's bodywork session which will last from 1-1.5 hours.
It is favorable to perform the session in a quiet area during non feeding times of the day.
I prefer to have the session either in your horse's covered grooming area or clean stall.
I will need access to an electrical outlet nearby for PEMF machine use.
I ask that horses not be fed treats, hooves picked out, or groomed during a sports therapy session.
It is preferable that your horse's first session not be scheduled within 2 days of vaccinations and chiropractic treatments, or on the same day as farrier visits.
To get the most improvement out of a session, my goal is to have the horse "tune in" and work with me to release negative holding patterns in the body.
After the session we will reevaluate your horse's posture and biomechanics.
Most horses show an immediate improvement in posture, musculoskeletal balance, range of motion, and a decrease in muscle pain.
I can also do a saddle fit evaluation if we determine that there my be a saddle fit issue.
I recommend that your horse have a brisk 10-15 minute walk, or be turned out, after the session. This will help further elongate muscles, increase circulation, and drive in new improved movement patterns.
The kinesiotape applied can stay on your horse up to a week after application. It is beneficial to keep the tape on, and ride with it on, to aide in proprioception, increased circulation, and posture support.
Horses should have the day off of work after their first session and access to a lot of water.
It is not advisable to trailer a horse long distances within two days of their first session due to decreased water consumption and electrolyte loss. Some horses, not most, may become "sore" because of a release of metabolic waste and lactic acid into their system. This is normal if your horse has been recovering from an injury or had been on various medications.
Follow up sessions with your horse will be approximately 1-1.5 hrs long. I do not require a handler to be present unless we determine it is in your horse's best interest to do so.
Most horses on my maintenance program can be ridden on the same day as sports therapy & bodywork.
Mike Corcoran Master Saddles & Saddle Fitting www.mikecorcoransaddlery.com
Absolute Equestrian Pilates www.absoluteequestrianpilates.com
Rock Tape Kinesiotape (H2O or Equine Tape for horses) www.rocktape.com (can also buy H2O tape on amazon)
Magnawave PEMF (semi recommended for owner use) www.magnawavepemf.com
Equine Sports Massage School www.equinesportsmassage.com
DC Sports Massage & Bodywork (because we need bodywork too!) www.dcbodywork.com
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Payment due at time of service
Trainer Incentives (Contact for details)
Multiple Horse Discounts
Equine Sports Therapy is never meant to take the place of veterinary care, and as an equine sports therapist, I cannot diagnose or treat any illness or lameness. Always consult with your veterinarian when you feel there may be a problem with your horse.