Appointment Requirements

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Cupping sessions are intended to be used for relaxation purposes, similar to a deep tissue massage or sports massage therapy for humans.

Scheduling Considerations for Equine Cupping

Do not schedule a session immediately before a competition, a trail ride, or any serious work. If the horse is competing on consecutive days, it is best to wait until the horse is home and has a few days to rest. The horse will need two days of rest with freedom of movement to integrate the work, particularly in the beginning. As the work progresses, recuperation times may improve.

Scheduling Considerations for Tensegrity Balancing 

Tensegrity Balancing could be done on the day of a competition IF the horse has been having treatments prior to competition.

Scheduling Recovery Services During Competition

However, post-event manual lymph drainage is an excellent recovery technique for between classes, moving-in day before an event, or when the horse is finished competing at the competition. To schedule, you may text Debra Redman at 770-298-0991 to let her know if you will be at Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia Horse Park, Five Points, or North Atlanta Equestrian in 2022.

Consult Your Veterinarian:

If you are working on a specific situation, it is best to consult your veterinarian to determine if vacuum cupping is a good idea at this time. If your veterinarian has questions about cupping, please refer them to Debra Redman to discuss. Where state laws require, Debra is willing to work under the supervision of your veterinarian or train your veterinarian to do equine cupping massage.

Contraindications:

There are contraindications for using vacuum cupping on horses that are similar to contraindications for humans. These are some of the main reasons why cupping would not be a good choice at a particular time.

 

  • fresh wounds or injuries

  • recent surgery (less than 6 weeks)

  • cancer

  • skin rashes/hypersensitivity

  • fever

  • infection

  • systemic/weakened condition

 

Preparing for an Equine Cupping Session

  • A designated horse handler must be present at all times. Please schedule for three hours for the horse handler.

  • The horse must be well-groomed or bathed prior to the session.

  • The area must be dry since electrical equipment is being used.

  • Please be aware of where the electrical outlets are located.

  • Please make available a small step ladder or short mounting block.

  • Be prepared to lunge the horse in straight lines at walk, trot, canter before and after the session for evaluation purposes.

  • Be prepared to walk the horse for at least 10 minutes to help them integrate the work. When possible, allow the horse to stay on pasture for freedom of movement for two to three days.

Preparing for a Regular Equine Massage Session

A designated horse handler must be present at all times. Please schedule for two hours for the horse handler.

The horse must be well-groomed or bathed prior to the session.

Please make available a small step ladder or short mounting block.

Be prepared to walk/lunge the horse in straight lines for at least 10 minutes to help them integrate the work. When possible, allow the horse to stay on pasture for freedom of movement for one to two days.

For regular equine massage sessions that do not involve cupping, recuperation times will be dependent upon the horse’s reactions and the results of the session.

48-Hour Cancellation Policy

Equine Massage Therapists, like large animal veterinarians, travel long distances between home and clients. It is not unusual to have a whole day blocked for a client that  

is a two or more hour drive one-way. It is also not unusual for a client to call when the therapist is almost there to cancel. This is extremely costly to the therapist. It leaves no time to schedule someone else nor does it give the therapist the ability to rearrange her schedule. This is not only unfair to the therapist, but is also unfair to other clients who may have been able to be scheduled. This is being explained so that you understand why there is a strict 48-hour cancellation policy. There will be no refunds for sessions cancelled in less than 48-hours. A cancellation history of three times will result in an evaluation of whether to continue the client/therapist relationship.

 

Every horseperson understands that horses are creative, and no one can predict what mischief they will get up to. If extenuating circumstances arise, it is your responsibility to call Debra to discuss how to handle the situation as soon as possible, preferably before she has started on the journey to your farm or stable.

Appointment Booking

Your appointment is not confirmed until you and Debra have confirmed travel arrangements. Once you book and pay online, please be ready to answer a call from 770-298-0991 to discuss those details.

 

Travel Considerations & Fees

Additional fees may be added to the session for travel. Travel fees may be shared between horse owners if more than one is scheduled at the same location.

 

Event Scheduling

Are you preparing to compete? This requires advanced planning, but Debra is available for arrangements to work with a team or group of people who might be preparing to compete. This could include things like pre-event massage and/or cupping therapy, as well as manual lymph drainage to be followed by post event recovery massage work. Please call 770-298-0991 or email debra@equinecuppingusa.com to discuss details.

Liability Waiver

You are required to print the form below with your SIGNATURE and email it or bring it with you prior to your first session.