Horse Massage for Horse Owners (book and DVD) by Sue Palmer
I came across Sue Palmer at Your Horse Live back in November when she gave a 30 minute presentation on horse massage for horse owners. I was impressed by her clarity and also her experience and qualifications.
So I saved up my pennies and got both the book and the DVD. Oh boy am I glad. This is perfect for me, as someone who knows little about massage, and little about the muscle groups of the horse.
This is the first time a ' how to book' has reduced me to tears; of joy not frustration I should say. I did my first full massage this evening on Del, who is very tense, and at the end I could feel a difference in his muscle tone, and also in his attitude.
I have given him a couple of half massages (braciocephalic and trapezius muscle groups) and he has gone from a horse who is not that keen to be touched, and likely to walk away, especially on the right side, to one who chilled out and stood still with half closed eyes. I am massively encouraged.
The only thing I do not like about it is the music in the DVD. At first the guitar music was relaxing and gentle, by the end it was a bit like being tortured by a dripping tap, as it is too repetitive.
If you know a bit about equine massage, this may not be the book/DVD for you, but if you are starting out, Del and I both recommend it.