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When to call a bodywork professional

A pivotal step in bodywork with horses is knowing when to pick up your phone and call in some specialized help. Every day we groom our horses, watch them in the paddock, feel them under our seat and legs, watching out for signs of injury. We take note of anything out of the ordinary but how do you know when to call a bodywork professional?

There are many signs that it may be time to call an equine bodyworker and some of them can be caused or attributed to other conditions, so it is important to act quickly to get to the root cause.

  1. Change in Performance

If your horse's performance suddenly drops, it could be due to physical discomfort or pain. For example, if your horse is struggling to jump or is reluctant to move forward, it could be because of sore muscles or an injury. A bodyworker can help identify the root cause of the problem and work with your horse to restore their range of motion and comfort.

2. Behavioral Changes

Horses may also exhibit behavioral changes when they are in pain. For example, your normally calm and friendly horse may become agitated, uncooperative, or even aggressive. Your horse may also refuse to stand still while being groomed or saddled. These changes in behavior can be an indication that your horse is experiencing pain, and it's time to call a bodyworker to assess and address the issue.

3. Difficulty in Movement

If your horse seems to have difficulty moving, such as stumbling or tripping, it could be due to sore muscles or joint pain. In some cases, it could also be an indication of an underlying medical condition. A bodyworker can evaluate your horse's movement and recommend a treatment plan to help them move with greater ease and comfort.

4. Physical Changes

Finally, it's important to pay attention to any physical changes in your horse. For example, you may notice muscle atrophy or swelling in certain areas. Your horse may also have difficulty bending or stretching a particular limb. These physical changes can be a sign that your horse needs the help of a bodyworker to address any underlying physical issues.

If you notice any changes in your horse's performance, behavior, movement, or physical appearance, it may be time to call a bodyworker. A bodyworker can help identify any underlying physical issues and provide your horse with the appropriate treatment to improve their comfort, mobility, and overall well-being. Remember, it's always better to be proactive and seek help early, rather than wait until a small issue becomes a significant problem.

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