- The animal may be slightly stiff or sore (normal reaction to treatment).
- The animal may also be withdrawn or quieter than normal (again normal reaction to treatment)
- A regular supply of water is needed as animals may drink more; this helps to flush out any toxins within the body.
- The animal should be rested on the treatment day and, depending on the specific animal, so many days after treatment, progressively building back to normal regimes and work loads. Walk dogs on a lead and separately if companions want to play rough.
- Horses can be walked out to graze, if stabled during the rest period.
- Horses with severe pelvic rotations should not be jumped for at least a week to two weeks.
- Follow up treatment may be needed but can be discussed with the practitioner on the day of treatment. Regular treatments, every 4 months, help to correct minor problems, stopping them from becoming detrimental to the performance of the animal.
The diagrams below show common tension areas found in the horse, which every owner can look for. For owners that like to get their hands on their horse there is also a diagram showing the direction of massage strokes that can be applied to the horse and some stretching exercises.
Common Tension Areas
Look for Tension, Heat, Sensitivity, Muscle Spasm
DIY Horse Massage
Lines indicating the directs on the stokes
Nothing beats a twenty minute groom every day to check over your horse, which
may help you to pick up on any irregularities.
Protraction of the forelimb
Gently taking the pressure rather than a pull. Arrows show lengthened muscles
and massage areas.
Releases tension in your horse's neck and shoulders.
Retraction of the forelimb
The arrows show lengthened muscles and massage areas. Again releasing tension in the neck and shoulders.
Photos of the Various Stretching Exercises and Massage Locations