Massage Magic For the Moody Mare

She throws a tantrum when her equine pals go by her stall, totally forgoing her typical princess etiquette. Tail swishing and nipping become her go-to moves during grooming time. And when you ride, she acts like a complete airhead, ignoring your cues, whinnying, jigging, and looking around in every direction.

Yep – your mare’s in heat, and your reaction to this probably hinges on your next plan for her. If you’re gearing up for breeding season, you might cheer at the signs. But if she’s on the brink of an upcoming show, well, that’s a different story!

Massage Magic for The Moody Mare

Now imagine yourself in her hooves, carrying around a literal human while your ovaries feel like they’re going to explode… You’re probably not the happiest of campers.

Even in the best of situations, your horse’s muscles can feel the strain of toting us around. Add in any discomfort from that sneaky organ just behind the saddle, and your noble steed is bound to get a bit tense (…wouldn’t you?). This tension can result in achy, sore muscles and tightness in the thorax and hind end.

So let’s get into a few ways we can help relieve some of this unwelcome tension…

One beneficial way to help your mare during her heat cycle is to incorporate regular massage sessions. Massage can aid in loosening tight muscles, enhancing circulation, and help ease any tension and discomfort your horse might be feeling.

Consider incorporating stretching exercises into your horse’s daily or weekly routine. Gentle stretches can help increase flexibility, reduce muscle tightness, and prevent potential injuries.

Another way to help relieve tension in your horse is through proper nutrition and hydration. Make sure that your horse is receiving a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients to support muscle health and recovery. Adequate hydration is also crucial for maintaining muscle function and overall well-being.
Additionally, it’s important to consistently exercise your mare and provide her with enough turnout time. Allowing her to move freely can help release tension, improve circulation, and promote both mental and physical relaxation.

One of my favorite hacks is to use a heating pad or blanket for 10 minutes prior to riding, stretching, or giving a massage. This allows the muscles to relax and release tension, soothe angry muscles and any discomfort. It sets you up in the right direction to have a successful session with your mare at a sometimes very trying time for both horse and human.

Check out my mini-series “Helping Your Mare During Her Heat Cycle” where I go over more helpful hints like…

  • Common Areas of Soreness
  • Ways to Warm Up Their Muscles
  • Massage Techniques
  • Stretching Exercises

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By incorporating these tips into your routine, you’ll likely see less of Miss Grouchy Pants’ shark impressions, and help your best girl feel more comfortable and relaxed.

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