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Article on My Amassage Method VS Machines! The training involved, and what you can expect. Also the price for these machines, is astronomical-if you cannot find the Cause of Pain, then no machine in the world can fix your horse!
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Headlines lately have been inundated with story after story, attack after attack, about the moral ethics of medicating the Thoroughbred racehorse. We have owners and trainers, race officials and veterinarians all over the board on this controversial issue. Is it really necessary to medicate a racehorse, and if so, why? Does the fact that they are athletes predispose them to chronic soreness, whether it be body soreness, leg soreness, hoof issues, breathing issues? Is medicating them cruel? Would not medicating them be even crueler? It’s an ongoing debate.
What isn’t debatable or controversial in any way is the old-school, time tested, day-to-day care of the racehorse, the hands-on; the actual rubbing of the legs, the vigorous grooming to aid circulation, good nutrition, sensible training, and most recently, the new kid on the block, equine massage. More and more racing stables are relying on equine massage to help keep the Thoroughbred racehorse sound. And guess what, not only is it good for the horse, it’s good for business. It’s legal, humane, and fast gaining in popularity.
“That’s because it’s a win-win!” says Bev Brady of Equine Massage & Rehab. “It alleviates the pain and muscles spasms, allowing the horse to work and run much better. If they are sore anywhere in their body, they will not give 100% during the race. Once their pain and soreness is gone, they can, and most times do. I’ve had horses that had never won prior to massage, finally going to the Winners Circle!”
George S. Bush, trainer says, “Bev has helped me win many races at Turfway Park and River Downs. After each adjustment by Dr. Mark Haverkos, I would have Bev come and massage the horses to maintain the adjustment longer. This was so effective that my in-the-money percentage was 75%!”
Given their reputation for being high strung, I asked about how the racehorse behaved during massage.
“Like most horses the first half of their first massage they can be concerned as to what is going to happen, but most times after that they relax into it and enjoy it. Many horses once they realize how good it feels will actually nicker to me when they see me coming to work on them.”
After massage, how soon can they be exercised or raced?
“I like to do at least 3 massages in 7-9 days on a horse that is sore. It usually takes that to get all the pain out, which is what you want. I usually ask for the horse to not be ridden in between the first and second massage. And if that’s not possible to at least give them the days following the massage off to allow the treatment to help the muscles relax.”
Does massage affect a horse’s appetite?
“I’ve had horses that it has increased after massage therapy. Like us, if they’re very sore, they don’t want to eat.”
Is massage best before or after a Thoroughbred races?
“I like to get the horses massaged at least 2 times prior to a race, giving another after the race to get any soreness out that it might have caused, and keep them on a maintenance plan of about twice a month.”
Given Bev Brady’s hands-on with racehorses, I asked about her feelings on medications in regards to Thoroughbred racing?
“There are medicines that are required for the race and I have no control over that. I feel that is for the vet and trainer to decide. My hope is that with the massage, any medication they might need for pain will be able to be cut back or taken away completely.”
MaryAnn Myers is the bestselling author of the Thoroughbred Racing novels “Favored to Win” & “Odds on Favorite” of the “Winning Odds” series. She is a Thoroughbred owner, trainer, and fan!
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