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Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage & Shiatsu – Terms and Conditions

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 or your vet if your horse requires consent prior to massage (or alternatively posted out).
  • 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. It is £45 for a single horse per treatment (multi horse discount available, see further down).
  • 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
  • tumours
  • last trimester of pregnancy

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Megan via her Facebook page or send her an e-mail at megansimpsoneq@gmail.com

Recovery Update

I had a bad riding accident coming off a client’s horse on the 14th of August and have been off work since. It’s been my worst tumble yet, and I’ve had a few bad ones, including another surgery in the past to repair my knee, various stitches, a chipped nose, soft tissue damage, back injuries, the list goes on.

Unfortunately, I landed hard on my left arm, breaking it, and was kicked in the back as I came off resulting in an additional four badly broken ribs and a punctured lung which ended up partially collapsing. I was wearing a solid, up-to-standard back protector at the time, too, just to give you an idea of the impact!

On my way to A&E with no pain relief because my sats were too low!
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Rider Exercise of the Month – The ITB Stretch

This month’s unmounted exercise is focused on your Iliotibial Band (ITB) – a fibrous band that runs from your hip to the outside of your knee. The band can become tight or inflamed with use and is most commonly noticed by runners however as riders, we can feel it too sometimes! Tightness or discomfort in this area (hips and knees usually) may arise due to the rotated, toes-pointed-forwards, knees bent position we try to maintain while riding, and combined with knee instability or weak muscles, this band can be strained.

As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.

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Rider Exercise of the Month – The Keyhole Stretch

This month’s unmounted exercise can be helpful for those with Sciatica (something I suffer with myself!) or with tension in their piriformis muscle – both of which can occur in riders due to our position in the saddle, especially for those riding wider horses. As with most of these exercises, doing them three to four times a week is ideal.

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