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August 1, 2006

Details Of Equine Massage

Hope Gillette of Binghamton, NY explains some of the details of equine massage. If the horse is pushing into your hands while you're working on them, it is a sign that the horse is enjoying what you're doing. She also outlines some behaviors when a horse is in pain.

So giving a massage to warm a horse's muscles before a ride, and then massaging again to relax the muscles afterward, is not only a good practice for therapeutic reasons. It's also a plus for the relationship between horse and human.

Deep-tissue work touches every muscle, she explains. A knot in a muscle feels hard, like an apple. Supple muscle feels like an orange.

But it's no replacement for veterinary care, Gillette points out, if such attention is needed.

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