Enhanced muscle tone
Bodywork helps prevent and reduce atrophy (muscle loss) particularly in aging horses or those recovering from illness or injury. Increased range of motion bodywork can help your horse to move more comfortably and efficiently.
Reduced Wear and tear of joints, ligaments and tendons
Through better movement, your horse is able to enjoy a longer performance life. Improved stamina Increased range of motion allows greater efficiency and therefore improves stamina
Improved comfort for injured muscles
If your horse has had an injury and the vet has given the go ahead for bodywork - massage, stretching and correct exercises can help to ensure scar tissue is laid down in the most functional way possible and prevent muscle atrophy and compensatory movements to ensure your horse can return to normal work as healthily as possible
massage helps to improve circulation and encourage elimination of waste products from the body. Coat health will improve with regular therapies as well as incidences of swelling.
Enhances learning and training
Mental acuity and learning benefit from increased blood flow and restored balance. Increased emotional and mental relaxation and blood flow to the brain lay the groundwork for mental clarity, and thus, improved learning and training.
Reduced tactile defenses
bodywork can help horses that are fearful or reluctant to be touched or have negative past experience with human handling. It can help adjust them to regular handling, wearing tack and rugs etc and has been known to help in cases of head shyness and help provide positive emotional experiences around humans and human touch.
some horses are very good at demonstrating discomfort - bucking/pinned ears/tail swishing/refusing jumps/freezing/bolting are all signs of discomfort or pain, which can be mistaken for a behavioural issue or 'naughtiness'. Some horses may not show their discomfort quite as obviously.