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Plum Grove Therapeutic Massage Equine Success Stories

AlejandroAlejandro’s Story

Alejandro, a 13-year-old, 16.2HH, OTTTB diagnosed with Navicular Disease, spent several years at Nevins Farm at the M.S.P.C.A. in Methuen, Massachusetts and two years in the care of an interim owner. (Alex moved to his forever home in May 2008.) He needed some time to adjust to his new home, but soon began his work program for muscle development and training for Dressage competitions. During his training, the owner noticed that Alejandro’s left hind felt weak and he seemed to have some trouble with his left front as well. Alejandro’s owner asked Cindy Douphinette, RN and certified equine massage therapist, to work with Alejandro to identify the reasons for areas of weakness. Massage helped to release the spasms in his left shoulder and to loosen the tight muscles in his hind. After massage, he was able to balance himself more easily, but a few weeks later, he began to hop and buck when asked to use his hind end more. During the second massage, his owner was pleased to see the muscles in the left side of his rump, back area quiver, and release their tension. During a riding session, she was delighted when she noticed that Alejandro was using his hind end without bucking or resisting forward movement.

Is your horse having balance problems? Is she dropping poles or taking short, choppy strides?
Contact Cindy at Plum Grove Therapeutic Massage to schedule a horse/rider consultation today.

***NOTE**
The Services offered at Plum Grove Therapeutic Massage Therapy do not replace the need for proper veterinary or medical care. This practitioner does not make medical diagnoses, perform medical treatments or prescribe any form of medications. Please consult your veterinarian for specific diagnoses and treatments.

RosemareRosemare’s Story

Rosemare (Rosie) is a 16-year-old Appaloosa mare working to become a lesson horse for students of combined training. Before coming to the lesson program, Rosie began bucking when saddled and cranky when groomed. Rosie’s owner asked Cindy Douphinette, RN and certified equine massage therapist, to work with Rosie to identify the reasons for the new behavior. Cindy determined that those behaviors indicated that Rosie had some soreness in her back. During the massage, Cindy noticed that Rosie experienced discomfort in her left shoulder, pain in the left wither area, and tight muscles in her neck. The specific areas of concern in Rosie’s body led Cindy to check Rosie’s saddle. Indeed the saddle fit was incorrect for Rosie’s body. Upon further examination, Cindy noticed that Rosie’s left front shoe was crooked. Cindy advised the owner to call a farrier to fix the shoe problem.

After releasing the spasms in her neck and shoulder, Rosie seemed more tolerant when brushed. Her saddle was changed and her shoeing corrected. Three weeks after these corrections, Cindy massaged Rosie again. This time, Rosie enjoyed the massage strokes on her neck, but remained sensitive in the left wither area. Cindy then suggested lateral work to help free up the tension in Rosie’s shoulders. Rosie seemed to move with more ease and comfort and did not offer any attempts to buck. Two weeks after the last massage, Rosie entered her first Dressage schooling show with her student riders. To no one’s surprise, Rosie and her riders received first and second place ribbons for their efforts.

Have you noticed behavioral changes—stumbling, head tossing, and/or resisting leads—in your horse? These are signs that your horse may need a massage.
Contact Cindy Douphinette at Plum Grove Therapeutic Massage to schedule an equine massage today.

***NOTE**
The Services offered at Plum Grove Therapeutic Massage Therapy do not replace the need for proper veterinary or medical care. This practitioner does not make medical diagnoses, perform medical treatments or prescribe any form of medications. Please consult your veterinarian for specific diagnoses and treatments.

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