How to Keep Your Horse Safe During
an Equine Therapy Session
Equine Therapy can help your horse with physical restrictions and problems they might have. Following these
safety tips will help to insure that no harm comes to you or your horse during an equine therapy session.
Make sure that your horse does not have a contraindication for equine massage therapy before starting. If in
doubt, have your horse checked by a veterinarian first.
Make sure your horse has been groomed to remove dirt and loose hair. It will feel better to your horse and your
If your horse has a physical or mental reason for being
"cranky" that you are hoping to help with therapy, please be
aware of their mood. You will need to use lots of patience
and understanding. (Do you think she could possibly be a
Please, do not punish them for telling you they are unhappy
or in pain (reprimanding for a bite or kick is ok - they should
not be allowed to get away with murder). Just try to work
with them and not against them. For instance, give them a
break or let them move around a little bit. Their mood
should change as their problems begin to work out with
continued equine therapy. (or just once that baby is born!)
Start out with light pressure that your horse should accept
willingly and work more deeply as your horse allows.
Have someone hold your horse if possible. This is the best choice. The horse will be allowed to move around if
needed and will not feel confined or trapped.
If someone is not able to hold your horse for you, you can work on the front end of a horse by yourself with the
horse loose or in cross-ties. To work on the hind end and back, cross-ties are the best option if your horse will
stand in them calmly.
Please use your best judgment when tying your horse. You know them better than I do.
Try to keep both hands on the horse as much as possible. It helps them to relax and keeps them aware of where
you are at all times to prevent surprising them.
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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