Frequently Asked Questions
How many sessions will my horse require?
This is based on a variety of factors including:
- Your horse’s specific issues
- What level of work your horse is doing
- Maintenance and prevention vs. working on a pre-existing issue
- How your horse responds
- The goals you have for your horse
- And many others!
I am willing to work with each individual to come up with a tailored plan.
What does a session include?
An initial session will begin by getting a detailed history of your horse.
Then I will assess your horse; this may include watching the horse move, performing ranges of motion, palpation, etc. This helps to gather information about your horse and will aid in providing direction for the session. This also helps to ensure that body work is appropriate for your horse at this time.
After the assessment, I will work on your horse. During and following the work, findings will be discussed and a detailed summary will be left you at the end of the session. Instructions for homework, stretches or specific exercises for example, will be explained and discussed. Plans for future sessions can be made at this time.
Do I need to be present for the session?
The horse’s owner or trainer needs to be present for the first session. Someone needs to catch and prepare the horse for bodywork for all sessions, and I would prefer for the owner or trainer to be present for all sessions.
Can I ride my horse after the appointment?
Horses do need to move following an appointment. Even if your horse lives outside, 10-15 minutes of hand walking is very beneficial after body work. This encourages lymphatic drainage and helps your horse get the maximum benefit from the session.
Does my horse need time off following an appointment?
This will depend on the individual and is usually based on the owner’s discretion. If your horse feels stiff the following day, movement is still beneficial; however you will want to limit yourself to a light ride or hand walking. A light ride is essentially a warm up and a cool down, without collection or any demanding work. Some horses may be stiff for up to a few days following their session, if this is the case continue with light riding or hand walking. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
Do horses enjoy body work?
Most horses do enjoy being worked on, although some horses will need a bit of time to adjust to being touched in a different manner by a stranger. Each one has their own individual likes and dislikes, but they generally respond very well during a session. Quite often licking, chewing, and yawning will be seen; these are all signs of release. My favorite bad joke is that there is an additional $10 charge each time I make your horse yawn.