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Frequently Asked Quesions

Why would "MY" horse need Equine Therapy? 

  • If your horse feels "off"
  • Not picking up a lead
  • Unable to perform with fluidity and ease
  • Reluctant to move forward, refusing jumps
  • Sore (most common complaint is sore back)
  • Recovering from unbalanced hooves
  • Pins ears when you bring the saddle out
  • Not himself emotionally
  • Loosing weight/Gaining weight
  • Nervous/Spooky

What kind of Equine Therapy Does my Horse need?

No one modality is the better than another. Every horse responds differently to each modality, what is most important is finding what is the most effective and beneficial to the horse. 

Equine Massage, Reiki, Acupressure, Red Light Therapy, Applied Kinesiology: Breanne Ellison, Equine Sports Therapist, Reiki Practitioner at West Coast Animal Massage.

Equine Chiropractics: Dr. Jane Kettner, Animal Chiropractor. Phone: 250-384-3732

Equine Acupuncture: Dr. Rose Alkoff, BSc, BVM&S MRCVS Licensed Veterinarian at Pacific Animal Wellness. Phone: 250-246-8729 http://www.pawsrehab.ca/

Body Talk: Alexa Linton Phone: 250-483-9169 http://balanceworkswellness.com

Equine Sports Therapy: Cadence Animal Wellness 250-732-8105 http://www.cadenceanimalwellness.ca

My horse is lame, can you help him?:

In many cases, Equine Therapy has shown to be very effective in reducing healing time in lameness, however, it is not appropriate to say that Equine Therapy can "treat" or "cure" lameness. In all cases of lameness, a veterinarian should be consulted to rule out contraindications to Equine Therapy. 

My horse has a sore back, what do you think is wrong with him? 

Sore back is the most common complaint we hear from riders. A horses sore back can be caused from a number of things, most commonly saddle fit can be a large part of the problem as well as shoulder soreness. It's best to book an appointment  with both your Equine Sport Therapist and your Veterinarian so we can do a proper assessment and relieve the soreness.

How many sessions will it take before I notice a difference in my horse?

For best results, I recommend initially booking 4 sessions, a week apart each. You may see results after the first session but to see the best results, it will take a few sessions. 

How often should I book my horse's sessions?

Retired and pleasure horses, would benefit receiving Equine Sports Therapy every 4-6 weeks.

Horses being ridden 2-5 times per week should receive Equine Sports Therapy every 3-4 weeks.

Serious competitors, working towards higher levels, should receive Equine Sports Therapy every 2 weeks.

Highest level competition horses, with a consistent event schedule, should receive Equine Sports Therapy every 1-2 weeks. 

Injured or rehabilitation horses, should receive Equine Sports Therapy 1-2 times per week with veterinary approval.


What should I do to prepare my horse for an Equine Therapy Session:

-Do not ride or exercise your horse 1 hour prior to the session (unless they have been stalled all day, then a short ground work/lunging session might be a good idea but go nice and easy, we don't want those muscles too warm).

-Make sure your horse is dry- massaging a wet horse creates friction which can be very uncomfortable for the horse and your horse may not receive the same benefits of the session as if he was dry and comfortable.

-Ensure your horse is clean, brushed, mud wiped off legs. 

-Have in mind a flat area where we can preform a dynamic assessment, walk, trot and canter. 

-Pepare a calm environment where the session will take place, this can be out in the field, in the barn, in an arena, wherever your horse is most comfortable and has relatively flat ground. 

-Take a few long deep breathes, the more relaxed and grounded you are, the more relaxed and grounded your horse will be. Try to arrive at the barn with plenty of time to get ready so you don't feel rushed. 

-Try not to make plans immediately after your horses session, sometimes we may go beyond the estimated session length. If you do have somewhere you need to be, let me know at the beginning of the session so we can plan accordingly.

-Have all your regular tack available for the session, sometimes we need to check your saddle fit, pads, girth/cinch and bridle.

-Have a list of your feeding rations available including amounts and frequency of feeding.

-Make sure to inform your veterinarian and other members of your horses wellness team of your up coming session. Ask if your veterinarian, farrier, chiropractor may have any concerns and areas to address during the session. 

When NOT to schedule an Equine Therapy Session:

-During feeding time.

-Within 7 days before a show or event if your horse has never received Equine Sports Therapy before.

-Within 1 day before a show if your horse has received Equine Sports Therapy before.

-If your horse has an undiagnosed lameness. Please consult with your vet first, they may need to make a diagnosis before your proceed with Equine Sports Therapy.