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Step-by-Step Equine Massage
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Relieve Soreness, Improve Flexibility, and Keep Your Horse Sound

Does your horse have a nagging soreness that won't go away? Does a mystery lameness come and go without obvious cause? Has your horse's performance deteriorated over the past few months? Do you want to prevent these problems from happening? If your answer is yes, then equine massage can help!
Massage therapy is an excellent tool for preventing and relieving muscle soreness in horses. With the simple step-by-step techniques outlined by sisters Candy Sipka and Cherry Baldridge, you'll be able to identify and solve muscle soreness, on your own or with the assistance of a professional equine massage therapist. You'll learn the proper massage techniques and where to use them on a horse, simple stretches that can restore or improve a horse's flexibility, and even the proper position to take when working hands-on with a horse.
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ISBN: 9781603426329
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Introduction

Around the world, there are more horses under saddle now than at any time since the turn of the twentieth century. Because of the significant numbers of horses being used for work, competition, show, and pleasure, we are seeing an increased incidence of equine muscle problems, due in part to insufficient warm-ups and cool-downs, ill-fitting equipment, too much time spent in the stall, or some combination of these factors.

Disappointed by the diminished performance levels of their horses, owners and trainers frequently turn to veterinarians and farriers for advice, as well they should. If it’s determined that impaired performance is not due to an injury, a fault in conformation, or an obvious mechanical defect, muscle soreness may be the problem. Because muscle soreness tends to wax and wane depending on a horse’s workload and level of training, definitive diagnosis can be tricky.

Rarely does muscle soreness go away by itself, so our goal here is to help you recognize signs of trouble, determine what areas are sore, and seek out possible causes. In addition, we provide you with some basic techniques for stretching and massaging your horse. In the event of a chronic problem, we note when the services of a professional equine massage therapist might be beneficial and how to go about finding one.

Regular stretching and massage, in conjunction with proper care and exercise, can help keep your horse sound and healthy while maintaining his performance level and even improving his attitude. After a soft-tissue injury, regular massage minimizes scar tissue and breaks up adhesions that have the potential to create a chronic limp or shorten a stride. Massage also improves circulation, helping to flush harmful waste products such as lactic acid from the muscles and enhancing the effect of the immune system due to increased blood flow. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder horses welcome this tried-and-true, hands-on