Horse Massage for Horse Owners

Sue Palmer
Practical, educational and easy to follow, the author shares the knowledge and skills you need to massage your own horse. Learn about equine anatomy and the seven key muscles you will work on - and how to draw them in chalk on your own horse. Get to grips with the different massage techniques - effleurage (stroking), petrissage (compression and kneading), tapotement (cupping), and friction (cross-fibre friction) - and know how and when to apply them. Find out how to combine the moves to develop a complete massage routine that your horse will enjoy and find beneficial. With the emphasis on how you can work with your own horse, Sue offers an insight into how to reduce pain and stiffness in your horse as well as improving performance. And to make the learning process foolproof, there are sections on problem-solving and frequently asked questions.
Horse Massage for Horse Owners by Sue Palmer

About the author

Sue Palmer MCSP is a Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist. She holds an MSc in veterinary physiotherapy through the Royal Veterinary College, London, and a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy through King's College, London. She is an Equinology Equine Body Worker, a sports massage therapist, an Intelligent Horsemanship Recommended Associate, and a qualified riding instructor (BHSAI). She has also contributed to a variety of magazines and produces a weekly 'Brian or Pain' e-newsletter giving top tips for equine health and behaviour, available via her website (

Press Reviews

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. It is my belief that the horse massage skills you learn here will enable you to listen more accurately to your horse's physical wellbeing, and to play your part in helping to make the world a better place for horses.

- Monty Roberts, American Horse Trainer

The need to have your horse physically comfortable cannot be overestimated when it comes to his quality of life, and my own horses have regular treatments from Sue.

- Kelly Marks, Intelligent Horsemanship