As the lockdown is lifting and competitions are starting up again, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my top tips on how to prepare your horse for competition.
Tip 1: Tapering your exercise
Tip 2: Full body massage and treatment should be booked in at least a week prior to the competition to relieve any discomfort.
Tip 3: Pre-event massages 3-5 hours prior to competitions.
Tip 4: Arrive at least one hour before the competition and hand walk your horse once you arrive at the venue.
Tip 5: Massage within the 24 hours post competition.
Good luck to all of my clients and to anybody who is starting to compete with their horses again and I hope these tips are helpful.
You've got this!
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