Testimonials

It’s important to know that people doing services on your equine partner are trustworthy and hold a steady reputation. Please view below just some written comments from satisfied clients. Over thousands of clients have been successfully served by Equi-SMART.

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MASSAGE THERAPY TESTIMONIALS

Pat J –
Melissa has treated my horse, a 27-year-old mare named Ivy, and from the outset Melissa had a very calming and gentle way about her which Ivy really responded to. Melissa identifies areas where there are muscle knots that need to be worked through and any other issues she comes across during Ivy’s treatment. What I truly appreciate is that she shows me what she finds and gives me instruction on basic massage techniques I can do with Ivy to help reduce some muscle tension. Ivy is always very relaxed during and following Melissa’s massage treatments. I would recommend Melissa to anyone who wants someone to work patiently and gently with their horse

Laina Marie  –
“Melissa was absolutely incredible! Our thoroughbred has had massages before, but for the first time he genuinely enjoyed it! We could see an immediate change in his personality and he strutted out of the barn after! Melissa was incredible and I would highly recommend her! Thank you so much for helping Sox!!”               

Edna M
“My horse was in a bad conflict with another horse in her paddock and was lame and very tense and uncomfortable. I did PEMF and then Mel came out to see her. She is sound now and loves her stretches. Unbelievable difference”

Julie Kudlowich –
“I recently started using Melissa for Massage Therapy for my Gelding. I have nothing but good things to say about Melissa. She explains everything she is doing and why she is doing it and why it’s important which makes you feel more involved in your horse’s treatment. My horse was experiencing some muscle pain in his neck and had a tear in his back among some other sore muscles. After his first appointment I noticed a change in his movement he was able to extend more freely and have a nice flowing gait instead of his usual choppy gait. We just had our second appointment and Melissa was very pleased with his progress! I would recommend Melissa to anyone and everyone!! I 100% stand behind the work she does and can’t wait to work with her more”

Ashton Dorey –
“Melissa has been so amazing to deal with. She knows her stuff and I wouldn’t use anyone else to work on my horses!”

Leah Simpson –
“I have a 17.1hh Dressage horse who will be going 4th Level dressage this year. He is in work and I want to do everything I can to keep him fit, healthy and happy. After seeing and hearing many great reviews about Melissa, I contacted her. I have been searching for a massage therapist that had experience with sport horses and their issues. I was thrilled-she listened to my concerns, asked super questions about Lego’s background, work and history. She was extremely “horse aware” she knew where Lego would move to and how he would react before he did…in fact he can be leery of people he does not know and the minute she walked up and ran her hand down his neck he started chewing and was at ease. She found strength and weaknesses with him and she also gave us some homework to do.
The next day, he was absolutely wonderful to work, in fact I messaged her to let her know how good he felt and it has continued. I am looking forward to our next visit and I would highly recommend her as not only as a massage therapist but a horsewoman as well.”

Kimberly Ross-
“Melissa massaged my boy Ryker a week ago, before he was massaged he appeared stiff and sore. Well one week later he is moving out beautifully, no more stiffness…I can’t believe what just one session did for him and he loves the exercises she assigned him. Thanks Melissa.”

M.B –
“During our first ride after our massage, I am so impressed with how loose [my horse] was. He NEVER offers to stretch down when we are walking. I ususally have to ask, but the whole walk out to the trail he practically dragged his nose in the dirt. Hoping to keep it up!”

Janet Gelmo –
“My horse injured himself somehow while turned out with his herd. He had a swollen and hot area on his back just behind the saddle. He wasn’t limping, so I rode him in my regular jumping session. While he wasn’t lame, it became evident something was very wrong once we started jumping. I asked Melissa to look at him; in her first session with him, his muscles repeatedly went into spasm, as there was so much tension. The second session, he started to relax and lean into the pressure. After the third session, he was loving the treatment, and he has been wonderful ever since. She also showed me some helpful stretches as preventative maintenance.”

Lia Turner –
“Thank you for your work on Echo. I really appreciate it on such short notice. Your report was so helpful. I’d be happy to have you give Echo another massage sometime soon.”

Julia Orlowska –
“Melissa has worked on two horses for me; once on a horse in for training and once on my horse, Romeo. The horse in for training was very stiff and after one session was feeling much better. This horse didn’t like to stand still in cross ties but at the end of the massage was relaxed and loving it. I couldn’t believe my eye! In my horse, within the first 10 minutes of the initial assessment, Melissa found old injuries that were still causing problems that I didn’t even know existed! I have had many world class trainers but none of them had such a vivid understanding for the horses anatomy. Highly recommended!”

Danielle Vogel –
“Melissa Caccamo gave my older Canadian horse Gigi a wonderful massage. She was great with my horse and pleasant to chat with while she worked. She’s always happy to answer any questions about what she is doing with the horse. She found all of Gigi’s problem spots and helped to relieve them and relax Gigi while doing it. Gigi will be receiving more massages from her in the future!”

Jordan Chrisholm – 
“I was so impressed by this young woman’s knowledge and patience and relaxed presence while having to deal with my mare who clearly was in absolute pain. By the end of the treatment, which is only my mares first time, she was able to bend and relax without wanting to run away etc. I recommend Melissa for anybody out there that needs this type of care for there horse. She doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the ENTIRE WALK! Looking forward to what these next few weeks brings with Peanut’s progress!”

Kate Rehman – 
“Melissa is amazing when she does massage therapy. My horse was falling asleep as she worked out the kinks and knots. As she works, she becomes in complete synchronization with the horse. Melissa is someone you can trust to treat your horse gently and correctly.”

Elyse Leduc –
“I am more then impressed with Melissa. She came to massage my gelding for the first time and he very much enjoyed it. She also gave me exercises to help keep up his now relaxes muscles and some exercises under saddle to help some more. After she massaged him the second time, I let him go run in the arena while I filled out some paperwork. Came back in to get him and he was laying down fast asleep. He didn’t even want to get up to go back outside with his friends. We also were having some issues with picking up the left lead. But as soon as his massage Tucker could pick it up with no issues at all.

Melissa also massaged my mare who just had a foal a couple months ago and was being weaned from him. She was tender from carrying a large foal to giving birth etc. also she was tense from weaning her first ever foal and was very uncomfortable. After her massage with Melissa she was relaxed and back to normal Prada. I was so impressed!

I would recommend Melissa to anyone. She knows her stuff and I have seen the outcome with my horses”

Miranda Trudeau & Nancy Thompson (Cause For Applause Farm)
“We run Cause For Applause Farm a dressage facility in the Peterborough area. We were both impressed with Melissa’s knowledge and feel for all of our horse’s issues and areas that needed improvement. Specifically with one treatment of a horse that had a jaw injury on his right side. We didn’t mention this previous injury to Melissa in her initial exam and she focused on that area explaining to us the tension and issues she felt around his right jaw and down his neck!! She knows her stuff and is very professional and pleasant to deal with! We highly recommend her!”

Sam Denney –
“I started using Mel for my horses over a year ago now and all I can is say wow! What a difference! I was never one to believe that massage could benefit my horses, and I couldn’t have been more wrong! She has improved my horses over all well being and has made him more comfortable. She keeps me educated on what is best for my horses body and is always willing to answer questions. I will always incorporate massage into my horses training program!”

Natalie Cyr-
“Melissa has helped me with my 32 year old QH mare. Melissa is extremely kind person and her horse knowledge if by far the best I’ve seen.”

SEMINAR, CLINIC AND WORKSHOP TESTIMONIALS

Julie Marie-
“Last weekend I took the Equine Health and Emergency First Aid course. Although I have life-long experience with horses and have handled several minor equine emergencies, I learned SO much from this course with Melissa. The combination of theory in the classroom and hands-on training with the horses in the barn ensured that every participant understood all of the concepts. Melissa left plenty of time for questions and offered to be a continuous resource for all participants. It was an overall excellent experience! I truly recommend this course to everyone involved with horses. Melissa is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and fun to learn from. I sincerely look forward to the next course that I will be attending with Melissa”

Penny Godfrey (Penny Lane Stables) –
“Melissa was an awesome instructor for the Equine Health and Emergency First Aid Course. It was exciting to learn about the needs of an injured horse and how to help them. I feel, as a beginner, I now have more confidence and feel more at ease around the horses. In the future I will be taking the Advanced First Aid. A BIG THANK YOU MELISSA FOR BEING OUR INSTRUCTOR”

Melissa Zaba – 
“Overall great course, my mom and I learned a lot of useful information when it comes to first aid for horses. I have yet to put my training to use, but I’m sure it will come in handy if there was ever an emergency at the barn. I also found the booklet that was provided very helpful so that I could review on how to do the stretches.”

Jennifer Laporte – 
“The instructor had a lot of great “field” experience and I left with more than I came with”

Brandi Ouellette – 
“Melissa is a very knowledgeable instructor who makes learning fun”

Kate Aitcheson-
“I participated in the mini massage course and absolutely loved it. Melissa is very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. I can’t wait to take part in other courses! Thank you”

EC- 
“Fantastic training for equestrians of all ages and levels of experience!”

Kori Levy – 
Melissa has great horse experience and SUPER equine first aid skills. I highly recommend her courses for all levels.”

Heather MacInnes Davis-
“Melissa’s knowledge of the horse is incredible and that shows as an equine first aid instructor and in her massage practice. I have had the pleasure of watching her work on some pretty tough cases and have seen the difference she makes in her massage. Her equine first aid classes are engaging and fun and even the most seasoned horse person can learn something from Melissa!”

NE –
“It would have been easy to feel overwhelmed by the shear volume of information which was given but having everything provided in a book gave reassurance that I could go back to refresh my memory. As a relative novice, I appreciated the emphasis on prevention … staying OUT of trouble is 95% of the cure! I thank you and my horse thanks you.”

 

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