DO YOU HAVE PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS?
Equine Massage - ITEC Diploma in Equine Sports Massage (2015). I trained with Mary Bromiley, MBE, at Downs House Equine. The practical sessions were held at Sandhill Racing Stables, Philip Hobbs' yard.
Human Massage - ITEC Diploma (2006)
ARE YOU FULLY INSURED?
Yes. I'm insured through Holistic Insurance Services.
WHY DO YOU NEED MY VET'S PERMISSION ?
It's the law. Under the requirements of The Veterinary Act 1966, any Equine Sports Massage Therapist will need permission to proceed from the client’s veterinarian prior to a massage session. I will contact your vet and ask them to sign the consent form. This is essential. If I don't have the vet’s permission, I can't massage the horse.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?
This depends on your horse. The horse leads the way. Normally an hour.
During healing, a horse might decide that they only need 10 mins, or 30 minutes. They will come out of the zone as though someone's flicked a switch, and they'll 'wake up'. That's their way of saying the session has finished.
WHAT PREPARATION DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE?
Please make sure your horse is already in the stable. Ideally, book your appointment when the yard will be quiet, i.e. not at feed time or turnout time.
WILL MY HORSE NEED TIME OFF?
No. Just take it easy the next day when you exercise your horse.
Turnout is a good way to let your horse move its body after a session. If your horse is quiet to turn out, let him go out for a gentle wander. If he's excitable in the field, a hack or gentle flatwork is a better option.