Farm Ireland
Independent.ie

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Answering the issues of concern in relation to virtues of sports therapy

Q Can a massage be administered immediately before a competition or event?

A Yes, for any discipline with the exception of dressage, in which timing may be affected for up to four hours after therapy.

Q Is my horse too old/young for a massage?

A No. Horses of any age will benefit from sports massage therapy.

Q My horse lives outside all year. Must I groom and clip him before a massage?

A He must be free from caked mud, but there is no need to clip him.

Q My horse is running a fever, will massage therapy help?

A While massage therapy will certainly benefit the horse's health, it can only be administered after the horse's temperature has returned to normal.

Q My horse is suffering from shock, will massage therapy help?

A While massage therapy will certainly benefit the horse's health, it can only be administered once the horse is out of shock.

Q Is massage therapy a reliable substitute for veterinary medicine?

A No. Equine sports massage therapy is never a substitute for veterinary medicine. If you are ever in doubt regarding your horse's health, contact your vet.

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