What to Expect
It is always good to know what to expect and here I outline what happens in the treatment process.
Do not worm your horse 5 days prior to the treatment
Advise me if your horse is on medication as this may prevent the treatment going ahead
Advise me if your horse maybe pregnant or any issues they may be experiencing
Please make sure your horse is relative clean and has no mud or dirt caked on, they do not need to be washed.
You have a safe area for your horse to stand or be tied up.
Any past issues your horse may of experienced.
If on the day of treatment it is raining we may have to reschedule if your horse is wet, or no dry area to work and/or if they do not like wind etc.
If you need to reschedule or unsure of anything please contact me on 0467 899 984
There will be a form I will complete and will ask you some relevant questions about your horse. Please make sure you answer these openly and honestly - it can make a difference to the treatment.
From the moment I arrive I will be assessing your horse. I will be noting the way it walks up, stands, moves etc. I may ask you to walk your horse several time to get more of an indication on what is happening.
You are welcome to stay and hold your horse whilst the treatment occurs or alternatively you can tie your horse up securely.
During the Treatment:
If you are holding your horse I would ask that you stand on the same side that I am working on.
I will do an initial assessment which is normally fairly quick where I will feel to see the condition of the muscle but also check for any contradiction which will put a halt to the treatment. Contradictions are swelling, broken bones, open wounds or as directed by a vet.
I will then begin to work on the horse and do a variety of techniques. I encourage questions but may not be able to answer them till after the treatment.
During the treatment your horse may yawn, snort, chew, shift weight, and break wind which are all normal and actually a really good sign.
After the Treatment:
Happy to answer any questions and explain some of the findings with you. I am happy to provide a report to you so you have all treatment and recommendations on hand.
I can also recommend any further treatment with myself or another sector ie saddle fitter, vet
Your horse may show signs of yawning, thirsty, hungry, urinate or poo which is all normal. This means the systems have been stimulated. Your horse may also be tired which again is normal think about when you have a massage.
Depending on the treatment I may advise you that you cannot work your horse for 2-3 days allowing for the body adjustment and may give you some ground work with poles to do depending.
In a few days I will touch base with you to see how your horse has gone and any further questions you may have.