Tris gets monthly massages from a good friend who also happens to be a brilliant horsewoman and talented massage therapist. She’s known him since practically the day I brought him home, and we used to be Pony Club DCs together.
She works on him for over an hour sometimes and leaves me with a sheet explaining where he was tight or sore, and often with homework to work on one muscle group or another.
It’s been a really great way to track his recovery. In early days, he was consistently sore and tight in his right shoulder in all the muscles he was using to protect his foot. More recently, he’s tight in muscles that are responding to his new levels of work. Overall, though, she’s been working on him for about nine months and has seen a steady improvement. It’s always good to have a corroborating opinion from someone who has known him so long.