What does an Equine Myofunctional Therapist do?
Equine Myofunctional Therapists are specially trained and qualified professionals who know how to properly assess the horse; are well-versed on equine anatomy, physiology, conformation and posture; know the various massage techniques employed and their effects; know when to massage (and just as importantly, when not to massage by determining contraindications); are aware of diet, season, and environment (stabled versus paddocked); are mindful of the work the horse is currently doing or will be expected to do in the future; are knowledgeable about hoof and leg biomechanics and saddle fit; and the influence and consequence these factors all have on the horse’s ability to be in balance.
The EMT professional takes all of these things into consideration to support the process of healing and to provide the correct conditions to facilitate the horse’s ability to heal itself – to recover and maintain homeostasis. Each treatment is tailored specifically to each individual horse, as no two horses are the same.
What breeds of horses/horses with chosen disciplines do you treat?
Angela has yet to meet a horse she doesn't love and believes that all horses deserve massage for different reasons. Majestic Horse Equine Massage and Bodywork treats all breeds of horses; all ages; and all horses with chosen disciplines including (but not limited to):
All horses benefit from Equine Myofunctional Therapy.
Will you travel to me?
Yes! I prefer to travel to treat your horse/s at your property, agistment centre, friend's paddock, and during competition days (for Pre-Event and Post Event massage). I find that treating a horse in an area he/she feels comfortable in, is the best setting and promotes relaxation. It is also beneficial to treat in a familiar setting as floating a horse after a massage treatment may undo some of the good work done by the massage – especially if the horse is a nervous floater.
A horse being treated in its home environment should ideally be separated from other horses (to prevent curious paddock companions interrupting the treatment).
What if it is an extremely hot or windy day or a storm is predicted?
Weather is a consideration with massage. If it is an incredibly hot day, I will organise to massage during the cooler times of the day if possible and always under shelter (even the shade of a tree if there is no stable or covered area available). If it is an extremely windy day, the horse should be sheltered from the wind as much as possible, as wind can agitate a horse or make it fidgety/nervous. If a severe storm is predicted, I will reschedule with the owner as loud thunder can scare horses and impede the horse's ability to relax. In these situations, I will liaise with the horse owner to determine the best course of action for their horse.