... we’ve all had it. Imagine now, carrying the load of a human and being expected to work your best. We ask a lot of our athletes and because they give us their all, it often comes with a price of becoming sore.
How can you tell if your horse is sore? Touch is a great indicator. Gently apply pressure and see if they move off your hand. Trouble picking up or holding a lead? Check their shoulders or glutes. Listening is key.
What do you do if they are sore? If it’s muscle related, get your hands in them. You don’t have to be a massage therapist to massage your horse. Gentle kneading with the heel of your hand, flat palm strokes down the line with the muscle, or cross friction where you gently stroke across the muscle vertically are all great ways to release tension.
Increasing blood flow and circulation helps muscles recover and massaging those muscles releases sticky fascia (skin) to that gets compressed and stuck to muscle layers.
PEMF and Kinesiology tape are amazing facilitators for all of this!