If a horse is exhibiting adverse signs such as bucking, kicking or biting, the causes could be something other than behavioral problems. In fact, it could be something as simple as muscle fatigue or soreness…

Massage therapy for horses dates back to the Egyptians, but has become more popular in the United States in the last 30 years…

According to Goins any horse can benefit from the therapy. “If a horse has a muscle injury, massage helps to heal that injury much quicker, rather than leaving it,” she said. Jackson added that they usually wait 72 hours after the injury to prevent any further damage…

Jackson and Goins demonstrated their craft on Blondie, a horse stabled at  Craig and Amanda Martin’s barn. Blondie had just returned from a rodeo camp in Marshall, Texas, where rider Halie Hebert learned techniques and improved her skills riding the horse. Martin went on to say that horse had been worked hard and probably would benefit from the therapy due to the sore muscles…

Goins said, “We have had people come back and say that their horses ran a certain time and after the massage the next day the same horse ran a full second faster.” She went on to say that horses who have “alley issues,” which is nervousness moving to different parts of the arena, are calmer and more controlled after the therapy…

Jackson stated that usually within three sessions they can pinpoint a problem and try to solve it to the best of their ability. She stresses that they do not diagnose illnesses. They have a specific field that they work in, which is muscles and muscle relaxation.

If you would like to contact Point of Need for more information or an appointment Contact Faerie Jackson at 337-238-9844 or Deanne Goins at 337-286-9260.

Beauregard Daily News, DeRidder, Louisiana, July 6, 2009
http://www.deridderdailynews.com/news/x863179473/Alternative-medicine-mother-daughter-team-use-massage-on-horses

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