This loosens and warms the muscles in preparation of an event.


The muscles are returned to their normal state quickly, thus alleviating stiffness and muscular pain. It is important to rehydrate the horse after vigorous exercise.


Maintains the physical condition of the horse’s entire body.

When not to Massage

Although massage is very beneficial, there are times when treatments should not be carried out. If pain is evident, this alerts the sufferer that something is wrong. A short pain during a movement is one thing; but a constant searing pain should never be ignored. This could indicate other conditions which pose seriousness so a vet should be consulted immediately.

Massage offers gentle, progressive relief from minor aches and pains, particularly old muscle injuries that inhibit free motion.

Massage should not be carried if there is:-

  • SHOCK – blood pressure is lowered by shock and massage. So may become dangerously low.
  • FEVER – fever is a sign that there is infection present. Massage increases the metabolic rate and these could counteract each other.
  • CANCER – as the metabolic rate is increased; then the condition could be spread.