Horses, like humans athletes, can suffer from muscular stiffness, strains and injuries, all of which can benefit from well-applied sports massage.
Using simple massage techniques – namely, compressions and cross-fibre friction – Pennie explains that it’s not difficult to give your horse a basic sports massage, given a little practice.
She explains how to recognise problems, through observing your horse on the move and by using your hands on his body. Clear diagrams and photos show where and how to apply the massage techniques to aid specific problems.
As a preventative treatment against muscle problems, Sports massage is second to none. Moreover, most horses really enjoy a good massage, just as we do, making them feel better and move more freely as a result.
Author Notes: Pennie Hooper is a successful equine sports massage therapist who treats mainly dressage and event horses (and their riders); she has also worked with racehorses, including some write-offs that went on to win races after receiving treatment. She was trained at the highly respected Jack Meagher Institute in America, graduating in 1996, and is also qualified to treat humans. Based in London, she treats horses all over the UK and abroad, working closely with veterinary surgeons to achieve a common goal.
Publisher: Kenilworth Press
Number of Pages: 60
Author: Pennie Hooper