Massage and Myofascial Release usually improves a horse’s disposition.
A horse who is suffering from musculoskeletal pain will often demonstrate a decreased willingness to work, a change in personality and/or a decrease interest in activities that require the horse to use its body in a way that taxes already stiff/tight muscles.
Massage and Myofascial Release can enhance the gaits of a performance horse by removing and/or lessening muscle restrictions; making it easier for them to do their job to the best of their ability.
An increase in the elasticity of the horse’s stride can lead to an extended performance career by lessening the normal “wear and tear” from rigorous training and competition schedules.
Improving muscle flexibility and suppleness can lessen the chance of an injury; while improving performance considerably, in most cases.
Massage also can increase the circulation, allowing the injured horse and the fit performance horse alike to eliminate waste products from their musculoskeletal system more efficiently.
Myofascial Release can be an effective way to critique a training program, as it can quickly demonstrate any unequal muscle development or uneven muscle tension anywhere in the body.
Massage and Myofascial Release can increase the range of motion of a horse’s joints, which can lead to a decrease in the resistance the horse must work against. This directly corresponds to an increase in stamina, as the horse has to work less to move.
Myofascial Release can be used to lessen scar tissue formation after an injury; or to assist with a veterinarian’s treatment in the rehabilitation of a performance horse. This can lead to a decrease in the time of recovery, and can help the injured horse recover more completely (with less chance of re-injury happening when the horse returns to work).