As much history will be taken as possible, looking at the animals past and existing conditions, exercise regime and management programme. This will create a full picture of the animal and will identify possible factors that may be contributing to muscle soreness, muscle asymmetries or misalignments.
Static and dynamic assessment – the horse will be observed statically and in both walk and trot. Any abnormalities, asymmetries, deviation in gait will be observed. The horse may be required to be ridden or lunged.
The horse will first be palpated, before beginning any massage. Once treatment commences the horse can often be seen to be licking, chewing and yawning in response to the treatment.
Specific aftercare will be provided after each treatment, in relation to any asymmetries of muscles or discomfort. The important factor is that the treatment will initiate the healing process, and the horse’s innate intelligence will respond to the changes and prevent any further compensatory behaviour.