Equine and Canine Massage in Oregon

Have you experienced the soothing touch of a masseuse’s hands deeply smoothing out the kinks in your tight and tired muscles? Imagine how much your horse or dog would enjoy this experience. While your animal cannot tell you exactly what they need, you can observe their stance, gait and other movements for clues as to their comfort level.

Sarah Orloff of Topline Massage Therapy LLC  in Silverton, Oregon will come to your location for a complete assessment of your animal, determine what you want from them in terms of activity , check a horse’s hooves, the tack you use, your riding and training style, the animal’s diet and possible supplement needs.

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She will then work on the horse with massage techniques particular to its individual needs or issues. If a continuing therapy plan is needed, Sarah will schedule that with you. Her goal is to educate each animal owner to maintain an optimum health level for their animal and to recognize when future therapy is needed.

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Sarah began her current career when she bought a mare to develop for resale. Despite medical treatments, the mare’s health deteriorated. Chiropractic was suggested by a friend and Sarah realized that the methods she used for her own health could be applied to her animals. She had an equine chiropractor work on her mare and then began to use her own massage techniques in an effort to relax her more regularly. The results were amazing to her! The mare began to bond with her, responding to her touch and regaining health. She was eventually sold, but that experience lead to work with friends’ horses and then to schooling with Denise Ashcraft of Bridge Creek Animal Massage.

Sarah became certified as an equine massage therapist three years ago and continues to add to her education regularly. She took a Dr. Bennett class and is presently working on her large animal acupressure certification. Her love for and enjoyment of animals keeps her constantly learning in order to help them attain a better state of health.

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Sarah charges $95 for the initial two and a half hour session which includes movement assessment, nutrition assessment, a full body massage, a full TSR (therapeutic stretch and release) stretch and a saddle fit assessment where appropriate. Follow up sessions and therapy plans are priced at other rates. See her web site or Facebook page for details. You can reach Sarah at 971-240-7987 or sarahmorloff@gmail.com. Give  your horse or dog what they really need: a human massage session.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Equine and Canine Massage in Oregon

  1. I am now offering Acupressure…. I’m a Certified Practitioner =D yay… one more modality to offer to your horse.

    *note: website is being updated, you can also find me on FB : Topline Massage Therapy LLC

    Happy horsen!!

  2. >>Wow, that’s such a sad statement! 1000 animlas at a rescue? That must have been in the news? Do you have a link for it or the name of the rescue? I am trying to put together a list of these occurrences, your info would really help.Yea, I would have thought so as well. It made the local news very briefly as they were cleaning up the mess and trying to find homes for the surviving animlas but was very quickly hushed up and disappeared as the owner of the failed rescue was the daughter of a wealthy and influential local businessman. Apparently buying feed which should have been much cheaper than buying silence was not on his agenda. My major issues with (reputable) horse rescues are 1) they pass on elderly horses to unsuspecting new owners unprepared to deal with the inevitable, and 2) they pass on horses that I (as a classically trained professional, english and american) wouldn’t get near (untrained alpha mares, range stallions untouched past the age of 5 or trauma cases), or recreate the dumbest scenarios that always want to recreate themselves, like young horses with owners who don’t know anything. I have a great mare that nearly killed a 4-year-old kid when she was 18 mos old absolutely not her fault because no 4-year-old kid should have ever been allowed to play alone in the pasture of an 18-month-old, over-fed, lonely, jumper-bred filly. She was just trying to play. The owners bought her at 3 mos old for the children to grow up with. When she was small, they thought it was cute to teach her to box and put her feet on their shoulders yea, not asking for an IQ test here because it’s not measurable. She tried to dislocate my shoulder the first time I went in the pasture with her, and they all wept as they showed me videos of how they’d trained her to do exactly that. They absolutely could not understand that the only thing she’d ever done wrong was grow up. I convinced her owners that a few hundred dollars for her papers and just hauling her away, was better than shooting her (and having to deal with everything that entailed). She wasn’t even halterbroke, but completely fearless. I shook out a flake of hay in the trailer and she walked right in. Today, she’s the best kid’s horse I’ve ever owned but I won’t even pretend it wasn’t a serious struggle at first, even at only 18 months old, seriously spoiled (arrogant, high-energy and full of herself) but never deprived or abused. Somewhat ironically, I finally adopted’ a big solid old quarter horse mare to take her on and put some real herd’ manners on her (who I humanely put down when the time came which was inevitable from the start, but she had a great run putting manners on the filly as only a really smart older horse can). Horses are not dogs or cats, and most rescue horses come with issues that even most professional trainers don’t want to deal with and that’s why they’re rescue horses.

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