Facts about Equine Massage Therapy


Equine massage therapy is a hot talking point among horse owners, with an increasing number buying an equine massage gun to support their animal(s) with daily or weekly therapies.

Before investing in an equine massage gun, though, it’s important to know the facts. Here is additional information about equine massage and massage gun.

Equine Massage Has Existed For Over 200 Years

The widespread use of equine massage therapy saw an explosion of popularity in the 1990s. However, equine physical therapist Jack Meagher, commonly accepted as the father of sports massage, once explained: "equine massage is the oldest healing behavior known to man." in fact, its history dates back over 200 years.

Horses have played a key role in society for thousands of years. Workhorses, racehorses, and war horses are just some examples. As mammals that often have a lifespan of 25-30 years and can suffer from a range of musculoskeletal conditions, massages can help our equine friend.

Equine Massage Therapy Benefits Are Statistically Proven

The benefits of equine massage therapy have been anecdotally explained for many years. However, studies by Western Kentucky University use pre and post-treatment examinations to prove that those developments are real. Both physical and mental health improvements were discovered.

Using an equine massage therapy gun can deliver a wide range of benefits for horses. The list includes; reduced arthritis symptoms, increased flexibility, detoxification, muscle conditioning, and stress release.

Equine Massage Therapy Can Be Used For Most Horses

Unsurprisingly, equine athletes were among the first to receive advanced equine massage therapy for the purpose of muscle. ScienceDirect research from over a decade ago shows that there is merit to the proposed benefits of using equine massage as a part of general health care and training."

However, evidence shows that all horses can benefit from the reduced tension and improved muscle recovery delivered by equine massage therapy. Weekly body massages are a preventative tool that boosts muscular fitness. Daily bursts are great for horses with arthritis.

A Full Body Massage Can Take As Little As 15 Minutes

The duration of an equine massage therapy session should be determined by the animal’s size, breed, temperament, and health. As a rule of thumb, however, experts at Animal Awareness state that a full body massage should last around 15 minutes for a small breed and up to 30 minutes for larger horses.

When working on a specific body part, a 5-10 minute session will suffice. General relaxation equine massages should last 3-5 minutes. For a full body massage session, a 5-minute warm-up and cool-down should be incorporated for optimal benefits.

Why using an Equine Massage Gun Is The Best Solution

Equine massage can be delivered by manual hand techniques. However, it is widely accepted that a percussion equine massage gun offers the best results for stress relief and more. Massage can help your horses immune system, provide stress relief, aid in injury prevention, improved posture, circulation, hair coat and increased muscle tone.

You can see increased benefits when used in conjunction with chiropractic and/or acupuncture.

Our massage gun comes with 6 different attachment heads, all intended for different uses. But what do they each do? Take a look at our massage gun attachment guide to find out how to use massage gun attachments.

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  • Tammi

    I love my massage gun. I use it on myself and my gelding Bob daily. We both feel better when we use the massage gun!

  • Baylee H.

    My brother bought the massage gun for me /my horse for Christmas. It’s been really handy. – thanks.

  • Sherri R.

    I’ve been an equine massage therapist for about 20 years and use the massage gun in my treatment plan for most horses. I feel like I am able to really work the muscles better with the massage gun as opposed to manual massage.

  • Tom M.

    thanks for the quick – easy read. We have been thinking about buying a massage tool but haven’t made the purchase just yet.

  • Robyn S.

    I have been using massage therapy on my horses for decades. We recently bought the massage gun and it really helps get into muscles that our hands aren’t strong enough to get to. It’s been a durable device and the battery life is good.

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