Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Today Red was booked for a massage. I was offered this free massage demonstration after entering—but not winning—a competition to win the massage equipment. It was difficult to decide which horse to give the free session, but decided on Red in the end. He tends to be rather stiff in his hind quarters and he works more than Dee.
The Equissage massage was quite impressive, and the 'before' and 'after' rides were noticeably different. Red was reluctant to stay out on the left rein during the 'before' ride and could not give me any flexion. On the 'after' ride he was staying out without being asked and giving me a good bend. In fact I felt quite disorientated having him staying out so well on the left rein because both he and Dee are usually hard work to achieve this. He really enjoyed the massage and was so snuggly and affectionate during it.
The demonstrator did one side of Red's body and I gave him the treatment the other side. Fortunately having trained as a reflexologist I understood the principles of the treatment and quickly picked up the technique. I particularly liked that the device has a rubber attachment for working on bony areas so that it was comfortable for him on his legs. To find out how it felt, I was also given a massage over my back and shoulders, and shown how the unit could be used on my knees. I think the version of the equipment that is put on like a saddle and left to run automatically would be the most convenient way to regularly massage a horse, but that was nearly twice the cost of the hand-held unit.
So... did you guess... yes I bought one of their hand-held massage devices – for a frightening amount of money. I haven't told 'ö-Dzin how much it cost! To try and offset the cost a little I am hoping to offer my services to massage other people's horses with it once I have a little more experience, so if you are a local reader and want an Equissage massage for your horse do get in touch.
I didn't manage to take any photographs today, so I thought you might like to see these caligraphies crafted by my teacher, Ngak'chang Rinpoche.