Welcome to the fifth in Equinology INC®'s Horse Owner's Guide to Equine Massage, "The Neck Part Two." In Part One, Dianne Pattillo outlined numerous causes of discomfort in the equine athlete's neck and shared two strokes to assist in addressing issues. If you tried it, how did Part One go for your horse? Any breakthroughs? Differences in mobility in the days following the work? Yawns, licks, or sighs of appreciation?
In this second and final part of the guide to working with your horse's neck, you'll learn through three more techniques designed to target both the superficial (or, surface) and midlevel musculature of the neck and shoulder. Can you say rhomboideus, trapezius, serratus ventralis cervicis, supraspinous, and infraspinatus? (Latin's a dead language--you're pronouncing them right.) Yes, you can!
Before performing these or any deep techniques, remember to open by desensitizing the area with several broad, warming passes of your hand (alternatively, consider incorporating the techniques into the middle of your grooming session). After completing your massage, close with the same broad strokes.
Read up, then go give it a try!