Cowboys aren’t the only ones with sore muscles after a day at the rodeo. Often animal athletes like horses need a little rub down at the end of a long day.

“So I’m going to come along on his chest area and I’m just going to squeeze like I’m squeezing an orange,” said Polly Webb, Colorado State University Equine Sports Massage Therapist. “Actually ancient Chinese and Indians used massage for their horses all the way back to 3,000, B.C.”

Webb showed a tour group at CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital the basics of horse massage to increase circulation and flexibility.

CBS4, Denver, Colorado, April 4, 2009