Flying Changes Equine Massage & Wellness

Equine sports massage is​ the therapeutic application of professional sports massage techniques applied to the horse. A thorough understanding of anatomy and the interaction of bones, joints and muscles are the basis of the proven physical and mental therapy that is the art of massage.


​​DOES YOUR HORSE DO OR SHOW SIGNS OF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

Dislikes being groomed

 Prefer one rein

​ Show lateral stiffness

 Reluctant to canter on one lead

 Hollow backed

 High headed

 Head shaking

 Bucking

 Cold backed when tacked up

 Lack of poll flexion and bend

 Head tilting

 Have an uneven stride length

 Holding the tail to off to one side

 Excessive rolling


All of the above can be signs of pain and discomfort and should be investigated.

Equine Sports Massage

A HUGE thank you to Stefanie Guillaume for coming out and looking at Joker to try & figure out why he wasn’t behaving. It turns out he was EXTREMELY sore and lots of muscle tightness & strains from his fall before the hurricane. so he got a full workup & is off “work” for at least 2 weeks till he heals and gets everything back to normal. Lots of homework & stretching for this momma to do but I’m ready to have my good boy back. She will be back in 3 weeks to check up on him. -Precilla


"You did an amazing job on my Sonny Boy! And he really loved his massage. He has seemed so much more relaxed since then. Plus the time that you sent with my daughter, teaching her what to do for him and how to do it was so valuable. She still talks about it and uses the skills you taught her. Thank you very much! We will be getting you out again soon for another cleaning and massage.:  Dianne Thompson

Equine Sports Massage is the application of soft tissue manipulation in order to achieve release of tension, spasm, and reduce pain in muscle group areas. Regular treatments can also prevent injury through detecting problems in the early stages before they are able to develop further.

Think of the horse as a whole; if one area is affected by muscle tension or pain – other muscle groups will compensate for this causing a knock on effect.


Massage is also useful in aiding recovery following an injury or accident in aiming to increase a range of movement in joint and soft tissue structures, and aiding breakdown of scar tissue. Few Human athletes would compete without preparing their bodies using massage and stretching exercises, so it is rather surprising that for the supreme athlete – the horse – this is virtually unheard of!

In recent years Equine Sports Massage Therapy has become increasingly popular through recognised benefits for both horse and rider. The performance horse is similar to a human athlete, like any athlete various strains and stresses are placed on muscle groups during training and competition.  This can result in muscle spasm, pain and tension.

This can be recognised by common symptoms such as:

Lack of poll flexion and bend
Head tilting
Have an uneven stride length
Loss of performanceDislikes being groomed
Prefer one rein
Show lateral stiffness
Reluctant to canter on one lead
Hollow backed
High headed
Head shaking
Bucking
Cold backed when tacked up
Reluctant to jump
Decreased length of stride

Sport massage therapy has a range of proven benefits, sessions can:

Enhance performance and a range of movements within joint and soft tissue structures.
Promote release of pain and tension within muscle groups.
Enhance healing post injury/trauma.
Promote cleaning and re-fuelling of muscle post competition.
Improve breakdown of scar tissue.

Massage can benefit the well being of the animal, release tension and aid mental relaxation. In the event of an Injury, massage is of great benefit to aid recovery and prevent atrophy (wasting) of muscles.
The majority of owners know when something isn’t quite right with their horses and many times this can be due to muscular discomfort. Sports Massage can help detect and alleviate muscular problems; any of the above symptoms should be investigated and seen to promptly for the well-being of the horse.

Contact me now to find out why more and more people are using Equine Sports Massage to care for their horses!