Equine Massage

Ruth Brown

Certified Equine Massage Specialist

Targeted Deep Tissue™ Massage: Muscle work for the health of your horse!

Horses are amazing partners in riding—for sport or for pleasure.  They deserve the help and care that we get for our own body.  Considering the weight of a horse distributed on four relatively small hooves, the musculature is an engineering marvel.  Equine massage will make a difference for any horse, and by extension, any rider. 

Whether your horse needs high performance work, injury rehabilitation, or to help it move faster, respond easier, and be the best that it can be, massage will help.

Massage can lengthen a stride, increase speed, smooth a gate, aid in injury recovery, or improve the horse’s general attitude.  For polo, dressage, driving, barrel racing, jumping, or just for pleasure, this work will help your horse be all that it can be.

Equine Massage

Polo Horse

Draft horse

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown,

Certified Equine Massage Therapist

Ruth Brown was trained in massage therapy in 1999 and in equine massage in 2004.  She created and teaches TDT™ – Targeted Deep Tissue Massage, using the principles of massage, physics, and martial arts.

Ruth had an equine massage practice at the Santa Fe Horse Park in Santa Fe, NM and is now located in South Central Virginia.  Her goal is to get the body of every horse back to its original, magnificent design!


Horse anatomy

How it works

The first session includes meeting the horse, an evaluation on how it moves, what it needs, and how we can help, as well as a hands on massage to see how they respond to the work.  It is best to have the primary person most familiar with the horse at that session. 

The horse needs to be moved through it’s gaits for an evaluation from different angles.  This includes how the legs swing, how the body moves, and the flexibility in turns.  If the goal is performance, it helps to have a rider or a driver who will take the horse through its common paces. If there is an injury or it is an older horse, just leading it is fine.

For the massage there needs to be a space to work around the horse in as clean and dry a space as possible.  (A cross-tie is preferred) Less distractions from spectators and animals helps to focus on the work at hand. 

A therapy session lasts up to an hour.  A handler is needed to spot the horse and assist with its reactions and responses as it is worked on.  How your horse responds will tell us when it is “done”.  There are often suggestions that can help continue the work between sessions.