The effectiveness of your horse’s massage can be maximized by having them fully prepared on the day of their booked treatment. Ask if there are any measures that should be exempt for your horse based on their current level of soundness or capability.
1. Take recent videos of your horse being ridden in both directions at the walk/trot/canter, or walk/jog/lope. Have footage ready of your horse performing in their specific discipline as well (for example, jumpers performing a few jumps, barrel racers running a pattern, cutters working a flag or cow).
2. If your vet, farrier, chiropractor or other active therapy professionals have already seen your horse for the condition(s) in question, request their approval for massage therapy to be introduced and ask for any reports or documentation regarding current treatments or recommendations. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org more than 48 hours in advance of your appointment.
3. For the massage, your horse must be as dry as possible. If it is expected to rain please make sure your horse has on a rainsheet, or if possible comes inside early enough to dry off. If it won’t be possible to dry them off before their appointment, please provide me as much notice as possible so we can move our appointment back by a few hours.
4. You’re welcome to ride or exercise your horse before the massage if they are currently in work (as long as soundness/mobility issues aren’t involved). Please allow for a one-hour rest period between the end of your horse’s workout and their appointment. In most cases, they can also be ridden or worked after their massage instead.
5. Please make sure your horse is well groomed and free of mud, however please refrain from the use of any sprays such as show-sheen or satin sheen, or any wound care solutions. If it is fly season, having fly spray ready on hand is a good idea!