Soothing Hands Equine Therapy

Learn Equine Massage With


Welcome....my name is Kim Allaby, and Soothing Hands Equine is my business.


I have been certified, and working, as an equine massage therapist since 1998.


Horses have been my passion all my life, and for over 50 years I have been around horses

as a student, teacher,  barn manager, trainer, and competitor in a variety of disciplines, as well as being a human for a variety of horses.

Currently I am Hint of Lemon' s human; she is a Thoroughbred who started her racing career as a

two year old and retired at the end of her six year old year.  We love hacking, and going for a good gallop! She also enjoys meeting people and eating treats :)


My mission is to ensure that every person involved with equines (I include donkeys and mules too), in any way, understands the importance of massage in maintaining and/or improving the well being of the animals in their lives. My mission is very important, because if i succeed, there will be more happy hoses and humans in the world.

I can't do it alone, so please join me and make it your mission too!

                      

Massage is as important as grooming, and picking out hooves, and should be part of your regular routine!


To achieve my mission I do 2 things : 1) massage horses as well as use a variety of non-invasive therapeutic

                                                                                      devices (LifeWave   patches, laser, magnets), and techniques such as

                                               stretches, releases, groundwork exercises, etc.


                                                                                                          2) teach people to massage horses.


It is very easy to learn how to actually feel a horse's muscles and fascia under the skin and be able to determine if it feels right or if there is a problem. We also need to know if possible what caused the problem, and if it is acute or chronic. To that end it is important to look at the horse as a whole, including, but not limited to, the tack it wears, the work it is expected to do,  how it's trained, how the rider rides, hooves, teeth, as well as working together with vets, other body workers, and farriers.

Here's my story, why I became an equine massage therapist, and found my mission. It may resonate in some way or sound familiar to you.
Prior to becoming a massage therapist I was offered a grumpy 5 year old mare who was not easy to ride, and couldn't be sold, even with her good breeding, because she couldn't pass the vet check. Of course I took her, because she wasn't lame, and I could train anything.  I knew that she was misunderstood , and probably would come around with patience, and one rider. She did! We went to some small  dressage and hunter over fences shows and graduated to Trillium shows. We were bringing home ribbons, and all was going well until; all of a sudden she wasn't moving forward, and was nipping at me when the girth was being done up, she wasn't working well.  I was unsure why my training was going backward, so I consulted trainers and breeders whom I respected, and was told my mare was, well.... a mare....and a Hanovarian to boot (double whammy). I was told she was testing me, so start wearing spurs, and start using a whip! Well I did, and she started rearing. Get tougher I was told, show her who's the boss! This didn't feel right so I ignored the advice, but then, all of a sudden, she went lame. I rested her and it went away, but it came back and the resting didn't work, so I called the vet. After spending thousands of dollars, blocking nerves, taking x-rays, and trying chiropractic, and acupuncture, I was told that my grumpy 8 year old mare would have to stay on pain medication for the rest of her life as it was the only thing that kept her basically sound, and not so grumpy. However, there was no reason found for the slight lameness that got worse if she wasn't rested, or kept on pain meds. That didn't feel right, or make sense, so I ignored the advice and looked for another solution that would  make sense.
I ended up finding a massage therapist who taught me to feel what was wrong with my mare's muscles, as well as how they were changing as they were massaged....what a revelation to me! I had been training horses, teaching riding , and showing without ever having been taught about the muscles and what they should feel like if they are functioning properly!
Turned out my saddle didn't fit my mare  and that was why she didn't want to (couldn't) move forward, and when I kept forcing her she "all of a sudden" went lame.
My mare became sound and willing again without pain meds. Because of her I changed my life; became a certified equine massage therapist in 1998 and have continued to educate myself to ensure that my clients can find answers to their questions, so they can know how to prevent and/or spot a muscle problem and fix it themselves or call me if necessary.


When a horse's muscles are functioning properly they feel great and move willingly, your training, and rides progress consistently; riding is fun for both of you. 



 Adding massage to your normal routine of grooming, hoof picking, and leg checking, will either improve, or maintain your horse's quality of movement which in turn will ensure more consistent and enjoyable rides.



When you attend a Soothing Hands Equine Massage Workshop or Clinic, you will be taught in a supportive, and enjoyable environment, and you will have the knowledge and skills to make horses move great and feel great. Through the Soothing Hands Equine Massage Method you will learn a new way of listening to horses that enhances the horse/human interaction for the betterment of both


 Please get your free copy of  5 things your horse can't do when it needs a massage.


Take a look at my site and my Facebook page, and  invite your friends to drop by.


I look forward to meeting you in person one day soon. Or, if you need help or have questions, drop me a line in the form below and I will get back to you ASAP!!

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