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The best way to keep your horses in work is to prevent injury and illness, right? Muscle fibers are prone to tearing, exhaustion, fatigue and cramping all which can cause the horses pain. Pain can lead to unwillingness, attitude change, and favoring, avoiding, and compensating which can cause lameness in other areas of the horse.
Many performance barns are adding weekly massages to their training regimen and have noticed a decrease in fatigue, injury, illness, soreness, and that horses have been recovering from competition faster while keeping a positive work ethic.
Injured horses also go through a lot of mental and physical stress while on rest or returning to work. Massage is a great way to keep a stalled or out of work horse mentally and physically healthy while unable to work. Massage can help keep up muscle tone, increase blood flow to the injured area, and relax nerves.