When a horse is in discomfort it will compensate by adjusting its way of going to ease that soreness. The problem with this is that it can often have the effect of extending the discomfort to other areas of the body creating an escalating cycle of aching and stiffness, occasionally even resulting in the horse becoming lame.
Regular massage is a way to keep in tune with how a horses body is working and in doing so deal with muscle tension before it becomes a problem.
As a complementary therapy massage promotes well-being in the horse, increasing circulation, enlivening the lymphatic system and increasing range of motion.
A massage can either be stimulating or relaxing, depending on requirements. A stimulating massage can increase muscle tone and condition. A relaxing massage can greatly aid the general well-being and healing of a horse, especially helping those who are sensitive to being touched.