HORSE MASSAGE TRAINING COURSES
Therapy & Rehab
At EMA we specialise in developing our students and graduates so they can provide therapy & rehabilitation to all horses, irrespective of the horse's background and equestrian discipline.
We also provide therapy and rehabilitation programmes throughout the UK, Europe and beyond either with Angela Hall herself or one of her Training Associates (all EMA trained graduates)
What Techniques does EMA Teach and use in Treatments?
Equine Massage is the basis for all of our work underpinned by a sound knowledge of anatomy & physiology. We apply this therapy to the horse by manipulation of the soft tissues to help achieve increased performance levels, help prevent injury and improve recovery rates.
To provide a first class treatment, a variety of techniques are needed to work with the muscular conditions we are faced with in different breeds and disciplines of horses. As well as massage, we use myofascial release, cranio-sacral, spinal freedom (which is derived from chiropractic work), acupressure, manual lymphatic drainage, kinesio-taping and electrotherapies.
In summary our treatments focus on:
preparing horses for work to help prevent injury
assist with mobility and removal of lactic acid after work
restore muscles after over-exertion or injury
sore backs (through ridden work, ill-fitting saddles etc)
poll / pelvic tension
ridden and behavioural problems resulting from muscular pain
re-schooling horses with muscle pain (we specialise in the transition of race horses to another career such as Eventer or ROR as they encounter soreness from using different muscles, a change in riding style, tack and shoes)
horses on box rest after illness or injury
veterans that have joint conditions and muscle wastage
traumatised or abused horses – we see benefits when working with the mind and body and the immense relaxation and trust it brings
the rehabilitation - how the horse can be improved long-term
and much more…..
How does Therapy work with the horse’s mind and body?
We see remarkable results when treating horses that are undergoing a period of transition whether it be in their daily routine, change in career, progression to another level, change in yard, new owner etc.
Any changes for the horse contributes to some tension of the mind and body. As such, our unique therapy helps to relax the horse’s mind and in turn, its body. We have found that many ‘sore backs’ in horses are not only due to being ridden, saddle fit and injury but due to the psychological state of the horse. Often it is the stressed horses that have more back problems than relaxed horses - by virtue of their nature.
For many horses stiffness and pain are a way of life caused by muscle injuries and they develop compensatory patterns to allow them to cope. They do try to communicate to their riders that they are uncomfortable and can’t do what is asked of them. Often this is wrongly interpreted as bad behaviour. It is not until you perform a therapy session that it becomes evident how much tension the horse is consuming in its mind and body.
Following a treatment and often a programme of rehabilitation, we see more relaxed, happier and healthier horses as well as restoring muscles and joints to optimum working capacity. And of course, happier owners!
How does Therapy work across all the Equestrian Disciplines?
We assess each individual horse’s therapy needs depending on our evaluation findings. However, some therapy sessions can be tailored to specific equestrian disciplines. As an example a race horse will use its muscles and develop them differently to those of a dressage horse, both will encounter different areas of tension and injury. On all EMA’s training courses we take a closer look across all equestrianism and the muscular problems the horse may encounter performing within a specific discipline.
Steven Burridge, Singapore Racing Trainer commented:
“Massaging horses is instrumental in their performance not only in respect of physical benefits but psychologically too – they all seem to want to run better because they are happier. An essential treatment for anyone serious about their horses and the sport”
What Happens during a Therapy Session?
Firstly, we always perform a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the horse. We always work within the Veterinary Act as our therapy does not replace Veterinary care. If in doubt of the condition of their horse, an owner should always consult a Vet.
We perform therapy based on the requirements of that particular horse (they are all different)
Allow at least 90 minutes for a visit.
Angela is available to treat your horses in the north east of England including Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire. She can also travel, depending on numbers of horses required to work with.
Fee discounts are offered for group clinics between 3 to 5 horses in one session. Racing yards, some livery yards and competition yards favour this option.
* Please contact EMA direct for treatment fees*