Equine Body Work

Equine Body Work involves a combination of therapeutic equine sports massage techniques and passive stretching in order to allow the musculo-skeletal system to function at its full potential, enhancing performance and promoting overall health and well-being of the horse.

Equine Body Work:

  • Increases range of motion and stride length – thereby improving quality of gait
  • Relieves muscular spasm and tension
  • Relieves pain and discomfort following injury
  • Improves suppleness and flexibility of the horse
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Increases circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage
  • Promotes mental relaxation of the horse

Signs that your horse may benefit from equine bodywork include:

  • Stiffness or unwillingness to bend on one rein
  • Difficulty maintaining correct canter lead
  • Discomfort when being groomed, tacked up or when mounting
  • Bucking when ridden
  • Holding tail to one side
  • Change in stride length
  • Change in performance – e.g. knocking poles, refusals

Equine Sports Massage:

The horse’s muscular system is made up of over 700 muscles. These muscles function to support the skeleton – thereby helping to create correct posture – and to create movement via muscle contraction and relaxation around joints. In order to perform to its maximum ability, each individual muscle of the horse needs to be able to function at its best.

Muscle injury leads to a shortening of the muscle fibres, preventing full relaxation of the muscle and thereby limiting movement in the area, as well as creating areas of pain and tension. Problems are escalated as the horse adjusts its way of going to compensate for the original area of discomfort – placing additional strain on other structures throughout the body and predisposing the horse to further injury.

Equine Sports Massage works on removing these muscular restrictions, using hands on techniques to break up adhesions and scar tissue and relieve muscle spasm – allowing the body to once again become co-ordinated and work in its intended manner.

Equine Stretching and Mobilisation

Stretching and mobilisation techniques are used throughout the bodywork session in order to maintain and restore optimal range of movement within the equine body. Equine muscles must remain supple and flexible in order to allow smooth, controlled movement and to allow the horse to effectively absorb concussion and prevent injury.

The application of stretches during the massage session will:

  • Increase range of motion – allowing for a longer stride and improved efficiency of movement
  • Improve suppleness and flexibility – increasing shock absorption and reducing risk of injury to joints, muscle and tendons
  • Increase circulation – improving oxygen and nutrient delivery for muscle repair and helping to remove waste products
  • Decrease muscle tension, stiffness and soreness
  • Lengthen and stretch scar tissue, promoting correct re-alignment of collagen fibres
  • Promote mental and physical relaxation of the horse

To book an appointment or for any enquiries, questions or queries please call us on 07793 768835 or email info@whitehorseequinetherapy.co.uk

Equine Therapy
Equine Therapy
We provide expert care to both leisure and competition horses throughout East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent.

Equine Body Work
Equine Body Work
Equine body work is beneficial for box-rested horses, competition horses and veteran horses.

Equine Sports Massage
Equine Sports Massage
A horse has 700 muscles, when these muscles become tight it can restrict the horses movement and become uncomfortable.
Equine Bit Fitting
Equine Bit Fitting
We specialise in bit fitting. It is very important that a bit is fitted correctly, preventing discomfort and health problems to the horse.