Does my vet need to be involved?
Under the requirements of the Vet Act 1966, any Equine Therapist must have permission from the client’s vet prior to a session. It is recomended that you ask yuor vet if they are happy for me to treat your horse prior to my visit. I work closely with a number of local vets who are fully aware of the work that I do.
Will I notice an improvement?
Sometimes there is an immediate notable difference; normally a difference can be felt whilst riding within 48 hours. It can sometimes takes a few sessions, however each case is different.
Does my horse have to be clean before you can work on him?
Most importantly your horse needs to be dry. Brush off any excess mud. He/she does not need to be show condition! Please do not apply any silicone products incase I need to use taping as it will not stick.
Will my horse need follow up sessions
Not always. If however, your horse has an underlying area of concern, a course of sessions to optimise on the benefits of massage may be suggested.
My horse is lame can I have you look at him?
Only once it has been cleared by your vet. I am always happy to discuss matters with your vet if you would like me to.
How long do I have to wait after a session to ride him?
Exercise is an essential part of the treatment and a healthy horse can be exercised after a session. If I have used Mastersons Method or accupressure I would suggest giving your hore 24 hours off to maximise on the treatment. I always recomend that horses be turned out for a period of time following a treatment.
Do you only treat horses?
No, I am qualified to also treat people. Since July 2023 I have stepped back to save my hands.
How long does a session last?
The initial session which includes a full assement will last up to approximately one hour but may be longer. Subsequent treatments will last approximately one hour. I charge by the session not by the hour, and will never leave a horse until I feel we have reached a positive stage in the treatment.
How often should a horse be treated?
It really depends on the level of work, or if it is part of a rehabilitation programme. For a normal working horse that requires a maintenance massage, 6 monthly treatments are sufficient.
Are you Insured? What governing bodies do you belong to?
Yes & IAAT
What training have you had?
ITEC - Holistic Body Massage
ITEC - Anatomy & Phisiology
VTCT IIST - Sports & Rehabilitation Massage
Equi-Therapy - Equine Sports Massage
MMCp Mastersons Method Intergrated Performance Massage Practitioner
Kinesiology Taping Practitioner
Trigger Point therapy
Quad X Equine Strength and Conditioning level 5
Photobiomodulation (laser) Therapy
Equine Positional Release
Advanced Diploma in Equine Rehabilitation Level 5
FEI Permitted Equine Therapist