So this post has been hanging out half-finished in my drafts folder for a while, but I finally had a chance to get some updated media the week before the horse show! I'd really love to make this a super lengthy and in-depth post but with stuff going on in my personal life, it's gonna be mostly photos and less words. You're probably OK with that though, right?
Equi-Star Horse Massage is run by a friend of mine and fellow boarder, Kim (named with permission). I first used her services with Topaz a few years ago, while she was working towards her initial certifications. I have never had any specific issues that have prompted me to make massage appointments for any of my horses. The way I look at it, if my horse is working hard for me, they deserve to be kept as comfortable and happy as I can afford. If massage makes them more comfortable, let's do it! I was a little skeptical during the first appointment, but within 20 minutes I could see reactions from Topaz and changes, and now I’m firmly a believer! I’m not using the massage to “fix” anything, just for their general comfort. While I’m sure there are issues out there massage could help fix, I’m sticking to just my own personal experience with this post.
|Soooooo demonstrative for her massages.... haha. I miss her!|
With both Topaz initially and now Ruby, I don’t think they are horses you would outwardly consider tense: both of them are pretty chill both to handle and under saddle. But within a few minutes of Kim working on them, you could immediately see them relax in small ways that added up.
Topaz in particular was incredibly responsive to both massage and red light therapy, practically falling asleep and yawning every five seconds. It got to the point that when Kim would visit, Topaz would impatiently shove her head in the halter and make a beeline straight over to her. Ruby is slightly less demonstrative, but you could see major releases via her eyes going to half-mast, her lips wiggling and loosening, and even a serious of spontaneous yawns.
One of the many things I appreciate about Kim is her commitment to continuing her education and exploring a variety of different therapies. No single therapy will work for every horse, so she is constantly expanding her toolbox. My guys are pretty simple – a good massage and some red light therapy and they were pretty happy campers. Some horses prefer the inclusion of aromatherapy, hot stone massage, tuning fork therapy, or magnetic therapy -- all services that Kim offers!
Massage therapy is something I will continue to utilize to keep my horses happy, healthy athletes! Now who do I talk to about paying for some massage therapy for me.....
Dino loooooves his bodywork/massage lady! It's made a big, big difference for him in his overall fitness, muscling, strength, flexibility, and comfort. Our therapist also gives me homework in the form of stretches and places to focus on when currying to keep Dino feeling his best, which I really appreciate! It's fun to be able to see that release and relaxation on a daily basis when I really get into his tight spots!ReplyDelete
Yes! Kim has also given me stretch "homework" -- I'm a bad client because I don't do them nearly enough haha. As the girls get older, I'm sure it will become more necessary.Delete
Your commitment to your horses well being is inspiring! While massage is no replacement for a veterinarian, a good farrier, proper conditioning and feed, it is a viable adjunct. At Equi-Star Horse Massage we strive to work with equine professionals to enable your animal to reach their full potential! Thank you for the kind words and keep stretching! KimReplyDelete
You do a wonderful job! Always glad to plug your services when I know how comfortable you make my horses 😁Delete
I use a bodyworker too, and while Taran was initially skeptical ("Lady, we just met and you are TOUCHING ME in funny places") he now LOVES it. So much that I can't work him the day after, and then he's downright lazy for 2-3 days after that!ReplyDelete
Ruby started off a little suspicious and giraffe-like but by the end of the session outside she had her face basically in the dirt like "yes please right there, more please" haha. Really fun to watch!Delete
Stinker has multiple stages when he gets worked on. He gets wiggly, followed by anger, followed by yawning, and ends with big stretches. It is so fun to watch all the different responses that horses have.ReplyDelete
It's funny how horses have so many different responses! Topaz was SO much more demonstrative. I can't wait to see what Cinna thinks of it 😀Delete
I'm all about the equine bodywork/massage/chiro stuff. Sign them up!ReplyDelete
Never actually explored it for myself.
The closest I get is a little mechanical message-type table after my chiro adjustments that rolls up and down my spine... I'd love an actual massage someday. But I always blow all my money on horses 😂Delete
Aww happy horses!! I'm eager to get Charlie on the body work bus - probably ideally some acupuncture then maybe a little chiro or massage. Got some other priorities first but he will probably need some attention!! Glad your girls enjoyed it ;)ReplyDelete
All things with time! I'm sure Charlie will enjoy it whenever you get there 😀Delete