Q. DO BODYWORK AND ACUPRESSURE REALLY MAKE AN IMPACT?
There is a growing body of evidence that myofascial release, massage and other forms of bodywork provide benefits to humans and animals, including horses; and, there is growing evidence that various forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine are also beneficial for horses. Although, the people to best answer that question are the many caretakers and owners who continue to use bodywork and acupressure as an important part of caring for their equine partner. Click the link to read a few testimonials from happy clients.
Q. WHAT ARE THE RED DOG RANCH FEES?
The fees for Red Dog Ranch services start at $75 for a basic equine massage. For more information on services and costs, please visit the Book Online page.
There is no travel fee for the first 20 round-trip miles. Beyond 20 round-trip miles, mileage will be charged at .55 cents per round-trip mile. Mileage count begins at Hartford, WI. Please contact Sam for more information about multiple people at one location.
Q. HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY HORSE FOR BODYWORK?
Prior to considering any type of bodywork for your horse, please consult your veterinarian about all issues of concern. Bodywork is not a replacement for veterinary care, diagnosis and/or treatment. Always consult your veterinarian before choosing any bodywork or complementary therapy for your horse.
Your horse's coat needs to be dry and brushed to remove dirt; show level turnout is not necessary. Feet should be free of mud and picked.
There needs to be access to a stall or quiet area to work with water available; there should be no access to hay during the session. If your horse does not like to be alone, and the barn is empty, please make arrangements for a buddy to be on hand during the work, this will help ease tension and anxiety.
If you plan to ride before the session, allow time for your horse to be completely cooled down and dry for the session.
Q. UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD BODYWORK NOT TAKE PLACE?
Bodywork should not be performed on a horse with cancer, in shock, with a fever, or under heavy medication (i.e. Bute). Other instances when bodywork is not advised include: during viral infections, bacterial infections, open wounds, an acute injury/trauma, undiagnosed issue, colic, recent soft tissue injury (i.e. tendon, ligament, muscle), or pregnant mare.
Has the horse been seen by a veterinarian? Bodywork is not a substitute for veterinary care, diagnosis and/or treatment.
Q. WHAT DO I NEED TO DO FOR MY HORSE POST BODYWORK SESSION?
After the session, it is ideal to hand-walk your horse for 15-20 minutes. This allows the horse unstructured time to adjust to any physical changes. Turn-out is an acceptable alternative to hand-walking.
NO riding for 24-48 hours post session. This allows the horse to make those positive adjustments to movement and allows a full cycle of chi through the meridian system.