a) Ask a second person to hold the horse with a lead rope or halter before first trying to massage his back. In some cases, horses respond negatively at first and having extra help can come in handy.
b) Groom the horse’s back to remove any dirt and give him comfort. Begin using a curry comb then switch to a stiff and soft brush.
c) Massage your fingers in slow circular motions around the horse’s withers.
d) Using soft, feathery touches on the withers, start massaging the animal’s back similar to how you would massage another person.
e) Talk soothingly or play soft music while massaging the horse to provide calm environment.
f) If he bites, kicks out or dances in his place, stop the massage immediately. These signs usually indicate pain or distress.
g) Increase the pressure of your fingers gradually as you work your way down the back. Focus on the overworked muscles on the sides of the spine.
h) Proceed to massage larger areas such as the hips and barrel. Long strokes will help provide relief to the horse.