Question and Interview
The first step in equine evaluation is the
Question and Interview.
This is when you ask the owner of the horse
why they think their horse needs therapy.
If you are working on your own horse, you will
already know why you are applying therapy, but
going over some questions in your head could
help you come up with some possible causes
and solutions. So, don't completely skip this
Some questions would be:
When did the problem start?
Is this a new problem, or an ongoing condition? If new, you may want to seek veterinarian advice first.
Do you have any idea what could be causing the problem?
Sometimes owners have a gut intuition, or they may know exactly what caused it. Sometimes they don't have a
clue, or maybe they just got the horse and know nothing of it's background.
Does the horse's saddle and tack
You may even want to look for yourself, some
people don't know how to fit a saddle. Saddle fit
problems account for a lot of horses with back
problems and horses who ride with a high head.
What is the horse used for?
(competition, trail riding, dressage, hunter, western
pleasure, reining, etc.) This will give you an idea of
how hard the horse works, how often, etc.
What is the experience level of the person who rides the horse most
A lot of the problems horses have can be from the way they are ridden. For instance, a horse ridden by a very
inexperienced or poor rider could have a sore back due to the rider having a bouncy, unbalanced seat.
Has the horse recently been seen by a veterinarian?
This is important if the horse has suffered an injury or has recently been ill. As mentioned before, horses should
not be worked on if they are presenting a contraindication for equine massage therapy without first
receiving the approval of a qualified veterinarian.
Other Things to Think About
Other things you might want to check for would be when the last time the horse had his teeth checked and his
feet trimmed. Or, does he wear shoes. If so, are they used to them, have they recently been put on or taken off?
There are multiple different questions you can
ask based on the complaint provided. This is
just an example of some common questions to
Use your intuition and common sense to ask
whatever question might give you more
Once your question and interview is finished,
you can then go onto the next step of an equine
Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended
to replace professional opinions or recommendations.
Consult your veterinarian for advice about any medical condition or
treatment needed for your horse