Believe it or not, there’s more to scheduling an Equine Bodywork session than you’d think. Here’s a list of things to be mindful of in order to get the most out of your sessions.
- Carefully select a QUALITY bodyworker that’s a good fit for you and your horse.
- Ask them questions, research their education, ask for references, and read reviews.
- Schedule for a day and time that you and/or your trainer or rider will be able to be present to ask and answer questions, jog the horse, and hold the horse if necessary.
- Avoid scheduling a session during a time that will be distracting for your horse.
- Ex: Turnout times, feeding times, particularly busy times in the aisles, etc.
- Avoid scheduling a session on the same day as another appointment for your horse.
- Ex: Farrier, vet, chiropractor, dentist, etc.
- Schedule the session so that they can receive the remainder of the day off from work.
- Ideally you will work them before the session and give them time to cool down and dry off.
- Make sure there are no contraindications prior to scheduling a session.
- If there are contraindications, confirm bodywork is cleared by your veterinarian prior to scheduling.
- Click here to view contraindications of equine bodywork.
- Schedule your session at LEAST a few days before a show or competition.
- This will give you and your horse enough time to adapt to their new way of moving if necessary.
Being mindful of the items on this list will ensure your horse will get the absolute most out of their sessions. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your bodyworker!
Originally from a small town in Western Massachusetts where there are likely more cows than people, I earned my degree in Equine Studies at Centenary University and worked as a groom and managed barns up to the FEI level, dabbling in the hunter/jumper, dressage, western, and combined driving disciplines. At the end of the 2021 WEF season, I settled down in Nazareth, PA and started Gray Scale Equine, offering Equine Bodywork & Services. My mission has always been to become an advocate for each horse I have the privilege of working on and strive to help them reach their full potential with every interaction.