There’s so much to know about equine bodywork, which is one of the many reasons I’ve created this FAQ page. Get answers to popular questions and get tips for your upcoming bodywork session.
Wondering how you know if your horse could benefit from bodywork? Here are some telltale signs that a horse needs bodywork done:
That being said, it is always a good idea to contact your vet first to rule out any other medical concerns that equine bodywork can’t fix. Equine bodywork is not veterinary medicine and we can’t diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please refer to your vet for such things.
Unfortunately there is no one clear answer to this question. Each horse has their own customized maintenance plan due to every horse having different problems, lifestyles, work loads, disciplines, sensitivity, age, etc. These are some of the factors I take into consideration when I come up with a maintenance plan for your horse. Some horses may benefit from weekly bodywork sessions, while others can get away with monthly session or even bi-monthly sessions. This will be determined after my initial session. We can then get a read on your horse’s baseline and how long the results last for your specific horse and go from there. This is why client feedback/communication is so important. You know your horse better than anyone as you are the one working with and/or riding them everyday.
Decided to take the next steps and book your session? Here’s how to prepare for your horse’s upcoming session:
A GSE Equine Bodywork Session will include but is not limited to the following:
Believe it or not there are circumstances when your horse should NOT get bodywork done. We call these reasons contraindications. Here’s a few examples:
These contraindications need to be cleared by a veterinarian or resolve before I am able to work on your horse. Each scenario is different so please reach out to Brittany or your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns!
Disclosure: Brittany is not a veterinarian and is unable to diagnose, treat, or give medical advice. Please refer to your veterinarian for such things.
Unsure about equine bodywork? Don’t want to waste your money?
I don’t want you to waste your money either! Equine Bodywork can honestly do so much for you and your horse! Take a look at a few of the benefits:
Equine bodywork can help with things like body soreness, asymmetries, stride length, lead changes, jumping, lateral work, overall performance, attitude/behavior, vices, injuries, recovery, building muscle, etc.
The list goes on!
You should always be mindful of who you hire to work on your horse. Unfortunately there are some programs out there that do not provide the best training in this field. That being said, Brittany is extremely qualified:
GSE’s Post-Session Protocol will be included in your horse’s personal session report but these are the basics:
While one bodywork session may improve your horse’s comfort and/or performance, it is unlikely that one session will ever fix a horse permanently no matter who the bodyworker is. Something caused your horse’s muscles to get sore/tight (for example: conformation, rider error, compensation, old age, work load, injury, etc.), their muscles will unfortunately go back to their previous condition if the root cause is not fixed. If the root cause is still present, your horse may need to be on a regular maintenance plan to keep them feeling their best. This looks different for each horse as each horse has different areas of concerns, lifestyles, reactions to bodywork, etc. Bodywork is typically utilized as a portion of your horse’s regular maintenance plan to keep these concerns at bay.
Ready to book a session but you’re unsure when to schedule for? Here are some things to consider:
“MagnaWave offers the latest in wellness technology through Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields. PEMF is used to cover low energy cells in raw, pure energy. Each cell in an animal’s body is actually just like a battery that holds a charge. Their body is electrical and the cells each need a measurable electrical charge to function optimally. In order to maintain good wellness, cells must be doing their jobs. MagnaWave uses PEMF to help support the animal’s overall wellness to optimize balanced functions.” – MagnaWave
PEMF (Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields) makes the cell membrane more permeable. It pushes oxygen in and pushes toxins out. This allows the body to function to it’s full potential in a natural and noninvasive way.
Yes, they are more than welcome to eat during their PEMF session.
Your horse should not receive a PEMF session if:
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