The Veterinarian Act

Equine Sports Massage is not a substitute for veterinary attention.  All work carried out is in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, which states that veterinary consent must be approved before working on any animal.

It is a legal requirement that anyone treating an animal must have veterinary permission to do so.  I will contact your vet prior to treatment to confirm any relevant details, and to ensure permission.  


Contraindications to treat

There are times when you absolutely should not use equine massage therapy, the effects of it should not be underestimated. Below are some examples:

  • heart conditions

  • malignant cancer

  • raised temperature

  • pregnant mare - within 6 weeks of being bred

  • skin conditions

  • nervous conditions

  • broken bones

  • infections

  • viruses

  • lameness

  • fresh wounds

If your horse has undergone a fall, accident and/or is lame, they must be seen by a veterinarian first.