Please read before booking your massage appointment.
Treatments are carried out in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the 2015 Exemption Order – veterinary consent must be obtained before treating/working on any animal, with the exception now being that consent is not needed for maintenance work if the horse is not currently under veterinary care.
“19.24 Musculoskeletal maintenance care for a healthy animal, for instance massage, does not require delegation by a veterinary surgeon. However, the animal must still be registered with a veterinary surgeon. Maintenance should cease and the owner of the animal should be asked to take their animal to a veterinary surgeon for clinical examination at the first sign that there may be any underlying injury, disease or pathology. Alternatively, the musculoskeletal therapist may ask the client for formal consent to disclose any concerns to the veterinary surgeon that has their animal under their care.“
- It will still be advised that you notify your vet prior to massage work being carried out in any case, and Megan will require a signature to say your vet has been informed or consent was given for the massage to take place.
- A Veterinary consent form will be e-mailed to you if your horse requires consent prior to massage (or alternatively posted out to you).
- Please allow up to 1.5 hours for the initial consultation session, and approximately 1 hour per massage treatment following the initial session.
- Megan is not a veterinary surgeon and thus will not diagnose problems your horse may have, and may advise your horse be referred to your Vet or other relevant professional if necessary (farrier, dentist, etc).
- Payment is required by way of cash or Bank transfer at the time of the appointment or prior to.
- If your horse has sustained an injury or suffered an illness between booking the appointment and attending your horse, Megan may be unable to treat your horse. Please let me know at your earliest convenience if this is the case (please see list of contraindications below).
- A 24 hour cancellation policy applies. If your appointment is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice, the full payment will still be due. Please try and give as much notice as possible if you need to rearrange your appointment.
- Please ensure your horse is clean and dry prior to treatment. If Megan attends your horse and is unable to treat the horse due to it being wet/muddy, the full treatment cost will still be due.
- Discounts are offered for more than three horses at the same yard on the same day (£40 each for three horses, £35 each for four or more horses). This is providing all horses are treated and there are no missed appointments on the day.
- Please try to ensure your massage is not booked around times that could be disruptive to your horse’s massage, i.e. feeding or yard turnout times, and the area around your horse is safe to provide the treatment.
Some contraindications to massage include:
- fever or shock
- fungal, bacterial or viral infections and some skin conditions such as ringworm
- last trimester of pregnancy