Frequently Asked Questions
01 What is involved in a treatment session?
A treatment session is approximately 1 hour long. The session involves an initial information exchange about the horse: age, discipline, health history including any injuries, surgery, etc. I then place my hands on the horse making an energetic connection and creating a comfort zone. I address the whole horse: physical, mental, emotional, nutritional and spiritual well-being. A session may include all or a combination of modalities: spinal & joint mobility, cranial sacral therapy, soft tissue release, massage, applied kinesiology, acupressure, energy channelling and stretching exercises.
I provide you with a full report of my findings as well as follow-up recommendations and exercises.
02 Do you do assessments and how much is it?
I rarely provide only a visual assessment. In order to properly assess your horse I prefer to palpate and analyze the muscular structure and skeletal system of the horse. In most cases it is difficult to determine what is required for the horse's body with only a visual assessment. Application of the necessary modalities through a treatment session to address any concerns or imbalances in the body is the most effective approach for the care of your horse.
Costs for various sessions are listed under "Services"
03 How do I book a treatment session?
The preferred way to contact me is by calling or texting 403-807-1941. I can also be contacted by email: email@example.com or through Facebook or iMessage.
04 How do I prepare for a treatment session?
Please be on time! Arriving 15 min ahead of your appointment allows time to walk your horse, warm up their muscles and to let them adjust to the surroundings.
Please groom your horse for the treatment. A clean horse and clean feet are very helpful. I am lifting all four feet and brushing my bare hands over the horse's body. Having them groomed is very much appreciated.
Please bring any and all Veterinarian information with you. Information regarding your horse's current state of health is necessary.
Payment is due at the time of treatment. I accept cash, cheque and e-transfer.
05 Do I have to book more than one session for my horse?
The number of sessions required for your horse depends upon the injury or mobility issue, the type of body work needed to address the issue as well as how long the horse has had the issue. An injury or mobility issue that has been present for an extended length of time will in most cases require more than one treatment session. For best results follow-up sessions are recommended.
06 What can I do after the treatment session to help my horse?
To assist in the healing and maintenance of your horse, I provide a written overview explaining what areas of the body that were addressed during the treatment session. This overview will guide you in performing my written recommendations for a follow-up stretching and an exercise routine.
07 How often do I need to stretch my horse?
Each horse will require a variety of stretches specific to their needs. I discuss the stretches and review how to do the stretches with you at the time of your appointment. Individual recommendations for each horse are provided which include the priority stretches, exercise routine, frequency of stretching and riding as well as any other rehabilitation suggestions.
08 How long do I hold a stretch for?
Information is provided during the treatment session as well as a written stretching routine handout with detailed descriptions of each stretch. Remember that stretching is a progressive therapy - start slowly and gently and gradually increase the intensity of the stretch, as well as the length of time that the stretch is held. When beginning a stretching routine holding a stretch for 25-30 seconds is a good guideline. Think about how you would feel if just starting a new stretching routine and apply that theory to starting your horse's routine. Be extra gentle and seek Veterinarian advice when rehabilitating an injured horse.
09 Do you travel to treat horses?
I do travel for multiple numbers of horses located in one area or at one property. I make an effort to coordinate clients in one area so that I can treat several horses in one day which is the most effective use of my time. I do treat horses at my home and in the comfort of a heated barn during the cold AB weather. During poor weather and especially during the winter months I make arrangements to meet clients at a heated facility if there are several horses in one location and there are too many horses to haul to my location. It is important to have warm facilities to work in for the benefit of the horse to ensure that their muscles are warm and to also ensure that I am able to keep my hands warm and generally be comfortable. Your consideration is appreciated!