equine massage benefits all breeds and equestrian disciplines

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When Should A Horse Not Be Worked On...

  • There is abnormal heat or swelling present
  • A weight bearing lameness exists
  • The horse is lethargic or has a lack of appetite
  • The horse has an elevated temperature, pulse, or respiration rate
  • There is a significant injury less than seven days old
  • A proper diagnosis is lacking

6. How is this bodywork different than regular massage?
The reason this work is so powerful is the synthesis of various disciplines. It allows the work to occur on many levels. The cause of bodily imbalance is rarely on only one level. From the gross to the subtle, I work to restore flexibility to the skeletal system, release muscle spasms and trigger points, and bring into balance the entire structure of the horse through myofascial release.

7. What should I do if my horse won't tolerate being worked on?
One of the things most remarked on is how most horses relax into the session. Even high energy, nervous horses usually relax when they realize that this is helping to remove pain. Also, much of the work tends to release endorphins, the body's natural tranquilizers, which helps the relaxation response. My experience is that with the hundreds of horses I've worked on, there were very few that didn't really like the session.

8. Are there any guarantees?
As with life, there are no guarantees, but if you would like to contact me at gwen@classpath.com, I can provide you with references to the type of results and the quality of work I provide. Or check out the testimonial page on this site.

9. My horse isn't injured, is there any point in having him/her worked on?
Most musculoskeletal injuries and problems do not come out of the nowhere. These are what is known as cumulative strain injuries. This is a series of small strains which tend to accumulate and build up until they show up as lameness or movement problems. Preventative bodywork, especially for performance horses, is one of the best ways to ensure soundness and prevent sudden surprises.

10. As a trainer, I can usually get my clients horses to do what I ask, why do I have any interest
in bodywork?

While many trainers can push a horse to do things that may be uncomfortable for the horse, it is more a testament to the horse than the trainers overall awareness. A horse whose body is physically able to perform is usually more than mentally willing. From a practical point of view, comfortable horses are far faster and more efficient to train. This can maximize the trainer’s overall effectiveness.

Please note: Massage is never intended to be used as a substitute for veterinary care.
It is a complementary modality to traditional veterinary medicine.
Please consult your veterinarian if your horse is sick or injured.
Gwen Bernardo, Rider's Edge Integrated Equine Bodywork //
Cellphone: 415-505-7337
Serving the Los Angeles and Bay Areas
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