Equine Myofunctional Therapy

Benefits of Equine Myofunctional Therapy


Equine Myofunctional Therapy (EMT) is extremely safe and suitable for most horses, regardless of their age, conformational attributes, breed or chosen discipline. 

Benefits are numerous and include improvements in all of the following:

  • flexibility and range of motion
  • gait quality
  • stamina, energy and vitality
  • pain relief
  • recovery timeframes
  • performance
  • proprioception
  • circulation, posture, coat condition and muscle tone
  • mental wellbeing and stress reduction
  • comfort and relaxation.

Please note: Equine Myofunctional Therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care and is not intended to replace a veterinary evaluation or to diagnose a medical condition. 

Majestic Horse Equine Massage and Bodywork does not diagnose or treat illness, and does not prescribe medications. 

Every horse deserves massage, and it is appropriate in the many different stages of a horse’s life. From providing beneficial body preparation to the young horse about to be broken in, to a horse that’s just had its saddle refitted, or a horse returning to exercise after time off because of injury, Equine Myofunctional Therapy offers immense advantage to the performance and healing ability of each horse. EMT should be included as a necessary part of the horse’s training and health maintenance program.

Contraindications to receiving treatment


There are conditions where massage is NOT recommended unless veterinary approval has been granted. Here are some of those situations: 

  • Within 7 days after severe injury.
  • Within 3 days of medications being administered.
  • 3 days before any vaccination.
  • 5-7 days after vaccination.
  • Colic/abdominal pain. 
  • Restriction of spinal movement.
  • A heart condition – dependent on age and vet advice/clearance.
  • Infection.
  • Infectious disease.
  • Inflammation, heat or swelling.
  • Malignancies.
  • The horse is in extreme pain.
  • Inability to apply body weight/weight-bearing lameness.
  • A recent operation.
  • Torn ligament (joint instability).
  • Neurological conditions – Wobblers.
  • Skin conditions – ringworm.
  • Pregnancy – 1st and 3rd trimester.

If your horse is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, please consult a vet. 

Angela will discuss health and exercise levels with you prior to organising a massage, in order to provide the best level of care for your horse. It is the horse owner's responsibility to advise if any contraindications are present prior to booking a treatment.

Angela will also work in conjunction with veterinarians, other therapy practitioners, farriers and trainers to complement treatments and to achieve the best outcome for your horse.