I am a fully qualified and insured Holistic Equine Massage Practitioner based in Ledbury; covering the Three Counties Area, Herefordshire, Worcestershire & Gloucestershire.
Fully qualified and insured Equine Massage Practitioner based in Ledbury. Covering the Three Counties area; Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
I first caught the horse bug at the age of 9, learning to ride at a local stables. I'd spend hours reading books on horses - my favourite was an old ring-bound "encyclopaedia of the horse". My parents purchased me, my sister and brother our first pony Misty, as a surprise Christmas present in 1997. We had many happy years and Misty taught me more than I could have ever thought possible. At 11.2hh I eventually outgrew her, with my brother and sister not showing much interest in riding, she was sold to a local lady - Sue - where she went on to live out her years, happily, teaching Sue's grandchildren to ride.
After a number of years off, focusing on school and then full time employment I began volunteering at a local rescue centre for retired racehorses. It was here I became interested in therapy for horses, the centre used a number of holistic treatments and I was also introduced to the barefoot way of life. There were a number of students completing various equine courses who would come to the centre and complete their case studies on the horses. I was fascinated by the results of the various treatments, which led me to look into options for myself. I came across a local training programme in equine massage therapy and enrolled in September 2019. After completing 3 modules, 10 cases studies, a final exam and a number of hands on practical days, I gained a distinction and qualified as an Holistic Equine Massage Practitioner in October 2021. I have since attended a number of additional CPD courses as I look to further grow my understanding and knowledge in treating and benefitting horses.
Sadly the charity I was volunteering for had to close due to lack of funding, but I took their longest resident Billy on full loan. He is 22 years young, with the biggest personality and we have been partnered now for 5 years. We still hack out regularly and have just began riding bitless. He enjoys his regular treatments and you may often see him featured in some of my demonstration videos and photos.
Equine Massage Therapy
and the benefits
Due to the vast number of benefits of equine massage therapy it is suitable for younger, older, competition & pleasure horses alike.
Equine massage therapy has both psychological and physiological benefits for your horse.
When a muscle houses tension, over time through the law of cause and effect your horse will develop a form of compensatory locomotion. This can then result in neuro-muscular stress transferring to other areas of the body via the stress point cycle pathways and lead to the development of stress and trigger points.
Working with a number of techniques I can detect, resolve and help heal various malfunctions that may be present in your horses body, helping to restore both psychological & physiological health.
During your first appointment I may ask some questions regarding the history and background of your horse. I will complete a full conformation, locomotion and tack assessment to help me determine what will be the best massage routine and treatment to benefit your horse. Please have your tack available to hand for this if your horse is ridden.
Following on from the massage treatment I will finish with some suitably chosen complimentary stretches. I may also demonstrate some stretches which you will be able to complete with your horse in between treatments, as well as offering aftercare advice.
Some of the benefits of stretching include:
Promoting blood flow, in turn the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue structures.
Promoting the removal of lactic acid & toxins.
Promoting emotional relaxation.
Alleviate causes of muscular stress and soreness.
The Veterinary Act 1966 states:
19.24 Musculoskeletal maintenance care for a healthy animal, for instance massage, does not require delegation by a veterinary surgeon. However, the animal must still be registered with a veterinary surgeon. Maintenance should cease and the owner of the animal should be asked to take their animal to a veterinary surgeon for clinical examination at the first sign that there may be any underlying injury, disease or pathology. Alternatively, the musculoskeletal therapist may ask the client for formal consent to disclose any concerns to the veterinary surgeon that has their animal under their care.
There are some contraindications to equine massage therapy therefore there may be occasions I will be unable to treat your horse, in which case I will need to refer your horse back to their registered Veterinary Surgeon until they grant permission for me to apply any treatment.
Initial Assessment & Massage Treatment £45
Full assessment including conformation, locomotion & tack; followed by a tailored treatment based on findings. Please allow up to 2 hours for first appointment.
Follow Up Treatment £40
Follow up treatment from initial assessment, plus aftercare advice. Please allow up to 90 minutes for appointment.
Travel costs may apply depending on location. There will be no travel charges for treatments within a 20 miles radius of HR8 postcode.
Discount available for multi-yard bookings.