BAC Policy & Rates
Payment - I accept cash, personal check, Venmo & PayPal (Venmo preferred) - payment is due and expected at the completion of the massage - if I haven't been paid, interest charges will apply. A $35 fee will be added for any returned checks.
Cancellation/Rescheduling - I require at least 24 hours notice if canceling or rescheduling your appointment. If I receive a cancellation less than 24 hours, full payment is still due. Last minute cancellations and rescheduling are unacceptable.
If your horse has never had a massage before, I require that you check with your veterinarian first especially if your horse has any current or recent illness, injury or on medication.
Please have your horse ready on time for their massage appointment:
1. warmed up with a 5 to 10 minute hand walk (please do not warm up your horse with a quick trot or canter on the lunge line - preferably hand walk - they shouldn't be too overheated)
2. groomed if dirty with dried mud or sweat mostly dried off if wet and hooves picked
3. I require the owner, trainer or barn manager be present during the entire first evaluation and massage - owner does not need to be present after first massage
Rates - $65 per massage plus travel fees apply if traveling beyond 25 miles round trip at the current 2020 IRS mileage rate of $.58 cents/mile (travel fee can be split among horse owners/boarders if massaging more than 1 horse at the same barn/same day). If you're beyond 25 miles round trip from my home in Foxboro MA, the first 25 miles are waived. See pricing example below
Example: client is 50 miles round trip - client pays the remainder 25 miles x $.58 cents/mile = $15 in addition to my massage fee of $65 totaling = $80
More frequent massages in the beginning of your horse's therapy plan are sometimes needed if your horse is in a considerable amount of pain, discomfort, severe muscle tightness in order to accelerate and start to resolve your horse's issues sooner than later. Some clients will do a few massages within the first month to relieve the extreme muscle tightness but this is not a guarantee that your horse will be completely pain free and perfectly symmetrical after the 3rd massage. The client will have homework to do as well in between massages such as groundwork exercises, stretching, hiring a saddle fitter, working with a certified riding instructor if not already. As the issues begin to resolve, then we can start to spread out the massages further and further apart ideally no longer than about once every 8 weeks (2 mos) but that all depends on your horse's condition. Every horse's case is different.
Areas served - mostly Massachusetts and Rhode Island - occasionally CT, VT and NH if massaging a large group of horses over the course of 1 to 2 days or a weekend
*Equine massage therapy is NOT a substitute for veterinary care