Horse Trailer Stress, Part 2

I was at a horse show this past weekend (Twin Rivers Horse Trials in Paso Robles, Ca). The drive down seemed more bumpy than usual. One client told me that the road was so rough, her locked dressing room door flew open on the freeway. For horses that are not traveling on air-ride trailers, the bouncing around can be very hard on muscles, no matter how fit they are. Even on the very high end trailers, stopping and starting, accelerating and decelerating all take a toll on the horses musculature.

When I arrived on Thursday, I saw many horses, many more than I usually notice, that seemed unusually stiff, to the point of being lame. Some of them were clients and I got to work on tight muscles, especially in the shoulders and hind end. By Saturday, all my horse friends were moving and competing well. Two of the horses I worked on also received cold laser therapy to enhance the sports massage they received.

Sports massage is a simple and cost effective way to keep your horse sound and happy after a long haul. You can avoid the disappointment of arriving at a show and having to withdraw from competition with stress point therapy and myofascial release that will restore and balance muscles after traveling.

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3 thoughts on “Horse Trailer Stress, Part 2

  1. Kristin

    I am amazed at what a difference the body work made for our pony this past weekend. He was so stiff coming off the trailer on Wednesday. Your massage & cold-laser treatment on Thursday got him show-ready and he had his BEST dressage test on Friday!

    1. Beverly Jacobs Post author

      It was amazing to see his little body respond to the body work. I think part of his remarkable recovery is due to the great condition he is in from all the nutritional support he gets, as well as wonderful training and riding.

  2. Jona Osborne

    Horses do get tired too. After travelling, they must be given something other than water to replenish electrolytes lost after travelling. Massage is also very good in order to release their tensed muscles.


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