Your competition or working horse needs to be a finely tuned machine capable of bursts of speed, hairpin turns, and jumps. Your horse needs to be ready to go at any time, even after long trailoring, and may be asked to perform in extreme conditions.
Injury is heartbreaking and results in costly setbacks.
Massage is an essential tool in your training and conditioning program to keep your horse and team operating at peak performance.
Peak condition: Short, stimulating massages before and after intense exercise, as well as regular, longer maintenance massage can help keep your horse in that peak condition you need when working or attending that sporting event.
Reducing injury: Keeping the muscles and connective tissues toned and flexible helps prevent injuries from occurring. Additionally, it can help speed recovery and reduce the likelihood of a recurring injury.
Reduced inflammation: When your horse does overexert, research has shown that massage after exercise reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and reduces the painful part of inflammation, while allowing the essential healing part of inflammation to continue.
Relaxation fosters good mental health & leads to team bonding. Another aspect of managing an energetic, high-drive horse is dealing with that energy level during handling. Ideally, your horse should be able to relax for you, the farrier, or the vet. Massage can foster a relaxed state of being, as well as building a deeper bond with that essential member of your team.
Moby felt stiff bending to one on the flat and was not jumping straight. After three sessions over the same number of weeks, Moby has improved and become supple and flexible when bending to both sides. - Jiri Schnidler