Massage is excellent when preparing for an event or after a strenuous workout. Whatever discipline you participate in, hacking to dressage, all horses will appreciate massage specific muscle areas are put under greater straining depending on what work is being asked of the horse.
This type of therapy will increase muscle tone, improve circulation the help healing, reduce adhesions to enable specific areas to work to their maximum. Stretching techniques are used to ensure good range of movement after exercise to lengthen the muscles to the same state they were in before commencing exercise.
As owners we expect a lot from our horses, massage should be part of the routine care of your horse.
The horses attitude will change if it is has no muscular pain and will be stress free.