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Top 20 Principles of Equine Massage

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Make your horse "feel good" with a massage!

Rated 2 points - posted 10 years ago by dspsfarm in category Sports.
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Massage Do's Report Abuse
Do evaluate the horse's health by checking vital signs; do work in a large space, free from obstacles; do keep small pets away; do maintain a soothing atmosphere; do have somebody hold the horse by the halter or lead rope; do secure your horse between cross-ties if noone else is around; do clean your horse before starting a massage; do massage with a very light pressure and progress to deeper strokes; do keep fingernails short; do avoid wearing jewelry; do talk to the animal throughout the treatment; do pay attention to feedback signs from the ears, eyes, feet, tail, etc; do keep records of your observations of the treatment.
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Approach with calmness Report Abuse
How you approach your horse is most important. Be calm, be aware of his personality and so on. Fully understand your subject to ensure good mental and physical contact during a massage treatment.
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The force you exert in massage movement stetches tissues an drives fluids in the direction of the movement. Report Abuse
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Safety Tips Report Abuse
Wear large size clothes to give yourself freedom of movement; wear strong boots; in cold weather wear leather riding gloves.
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Fingerless gloves would be better because they allow your fingertips to be uncovered and let you feel for knots and areas of tension.
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Proper Posture Report Abuse
Head up, chin in, look forward; Back straight, not stiff, breathing relaxed; Neck relaxed, shoulders loose, elbows flexed; Knees slightly flexed, feet apart at shoulder width; Moving and flowing from the pelvis.
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Sensitivity of the Hands Report Abuse
A good touch provides a soothing and comforting feeling during treatment. The palms of your hands and fingertips will give you accurate feedback on the physiological state of the various parts you are working on. Learning to trust your hands is not easy, however. Concentrate so as to detect sutble changes in the body on which you are working.
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Pay attention to temperature Report Abuse
The normal temperature of a horse is 99 - 100 fahrenheit. An area that is abnoramlly cool to the touch may indicate such problems as muscle contraction or deep chronic tension. An area that is hot to the touch indicates the presence of inflammation and is a sure sign of underlying problem such as microspasm, stress points, trigger points or traumas.
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Pay attention to texture Report Abuse
By texture, it means the density and elasticity of the skin and muscular fibers. By practicing on healthy animals., you will quickly develop a sense for what normal, healthy tissues feel like. Tissues that appear too soft or puffy indicate presence of swelling (edema), congestion or underlying infllamation.
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Use tenderness Report Abuse
If a horse is highly sensitive, it is a sure sign of an underlying problem (nerve ends are irritated or perhaps damaged). The horse's reaction to your touch is proportional to how severe and how stressful the condition is.
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Use your fingers as sensors to get feedback Report Abuse
Your fingers should be used as probes, quickly feeling and assessing what they touch, knowing almost instinvely how to adjust the pressure and to use the right massage move.
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Your fingers should become an extension of your brain. Report Abuse
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Apply firm pressure with the soft bulbs of the fingers, the thumbs or the palms of your hands as if you were resting all your body weight on them. Report Abuse
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Never jab your fingers into the animal's flesh. Report Abuse
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Mold your hands to the horse's body parts, keeping them flexible. Report Abuse
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A gentle rhythm of 1 stroke per second is used most frequently. Report Abuse
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Use Compression Movement with the palm of your hand or a lightly clenched fist, alternating each hand rhythmically and applying pressure directly to the muscle. Report Abuse
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Knead in a rhythmic, circular motion Report Abuse
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Contraindications to Massaging a Horse Report Abuse
Do not massage when the horse's temperature is over 102 fahrenheit. Massage will render the situation worse by increasing blood circulation, which is already rampant due to fever. Cover your horse with a blanket to keep him warm and avoid a chill. Avoid open or broken skin or healing wounds anywhere on the body when massaging. When there is acute trauma or severe forms of functional nervous disease are present, do not massage. Only use a light stroking on the abdomen when colitis, diarrhea, pregnancy or hernias are present. Often acute rheumatism and arthritis are too painful to permit massage. Calcifications around joints or within soft tissues should not be massaged. Inflammatory conditions, such as phlebitis, can be worsened by direct massage.
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Gentle stimulation of the skin sends relaxing impulses to the brain. Report Abuse
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Use effleurage as every second move by gliding the fingers and palm. Report Abuse
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