Muscle Therapy for Horses

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When it's needed

When is treatment needed?

How can I tell if my horse requires treatment?

Horses were not designed to carry us although miraculously they can. So any horse’s body, at whatever level they are performing, is under unnatural strain.  The horse is a flight animal and will try to conceal discomfort as in the wild any signs of weakness would alert predators to its vulnerable state.  Horses may compensate for a slip or a fall in the field that we may never see, but within hours and in a matter of days they have learnt to move in a different way to avoid damage to the injured muscles.

When ridden, the horse may exhibit a slight reduction in flexibility or a resistance to your aids. Very often the obvious problem is not the original one but has arisen from the horse’s ability to compensate for the injuries it received weeks, months or even years ago, during this time the horse will have used other muscles as a protection mechanism. This puts extra strain on other muscles and joints, which are now coping with more pressure than nature intended. In turn the horse may show signs of physical discomfort or behavioural symptoms.  Add the weight of the rider to the equation and your horse will struggle to cope.

Spotting the imbalance in the horse’s muscle groups and identifying where the problem lies is half the battle. What the rider feels may only be a symptom and not the actual cause.

Traumatised muscles do not simply prevent a full range of movement, they also reduce circulation and entrap nerves.  Importantly, this means that oxygen and nutrients are prevented from reaching the cells.  In turn waste products accumulate and toxicity builds up in the muscles. Trapped nerve fibres may also cause constant pain, muscle wastage, and reduce nerve function.  EMRT™ helps to alleviate these problems by putting the body back in to balance.

  • Horses may exhibit some of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle wastage or over build

  • Refusing to jump

  • Loss of competitive form

  • Reluctant to do transitions

  • Bucking or rearing

  • Becoming disunited

  • Have difficulty changing legs or canter lead

  • Have a loss of action with lameness

  • Display intermittent or unresolved lameness

  • Stiffness on one rein

  • Signs of cold or sore back

  • Not wanting to be saddled or bridled where before there was no problem

  • Becoming unhappy, sour or shut down

  • Not wanting to be caught

I strongly believe that no-one knows a horse better than the person who feeds and looks after him/her every day.  You should be sensitive to every little change in their behaviour or performance. Horses are very subtle animals who may be giving tiny messages to signal discomfort.  If you think your horse is a little bit under par without being able to put your finger on the exact cause then it may well have an identifiable problem.

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