Equine massage is never intended to replace the care of your veterinarian.  It is not within my scope of practice to diagnose or treat illness or injury.  There are many instances in which equine massage may be an inappropriate modality for a horse in need of other facets of care, and I will never work on a horse in need of veterinarian attention.  Please consult your vet before enlisting your horse in an equine massage regimen, and know that I welcome the opportunity to confer with your vet about your horse's condition at any time.  The best care for your horse is the result of open communication between all members of his health team!