Kirsty Harvey 

Equine sports massage 

Having treated humans for 12 years I decided to study equine massage to allow me to help the horses in my life feel better and work better. 

 

A horses behaviour much like a humans is closely related to how they are feeling mentally and muscularly. Pain leads to evasion as the task we ask creates more discomfort or restriction than the horse or human would naturally choose to put themselves through. 

More obvious issues are best supported by veterinarian care however a heavy week of work, or a horse on box rest or minor stiffness due to age or old injuries that have healed but left compensation patterns can be significantly aided by a sports massage. 

I have ridden my whole life and I know how frustrating it can be to have a horse that isn't feeling quite itself under the saddle, rather than have to rest them to prevent injuries or push them through their stiffness to get results its our job as their owners to give them the helping hand they need to feel good again. Massage is part of that. especially if we want to prevent injuries and allow for increased, strength and flexibility, range of movement ( coming through with the legs) and flowing movement of the horse 

I trained with The College of Animal Physiotherapy, who state that:
 

  • Equine Sports Massage is the application of recognised massage techniques, adapted to be used on the horse for the purpose of increasing circulation, range of movement and improving overall health and performance.  Massage is one of the oldest and most effective forms of treatment.  It helps to reduce the chances of injury and speed up the healing process when injury has occurred.
     

  • Massage is beneficial to all equines, from the family pony to top quality competitive horses.  All will benefit and improve from a correctly applied massage.

I am a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists.

I work in the Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells Tunbridge, Crowborough areas

Call out charge is £10 

Treatments start from £30