Pueppi--goat massage help?

A special forum for those who provide massage/bodywork and related therapies to animals. Discussion, links, techniques, marketing, ability & agility issues.

Moderator: stonegirl

Post Reply
familymassage
Registered Member
Posts: 110
Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:13 am
Location: NC
Contact:

Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by familymassage » Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:44 pm

I did a search prior to posting (and spied the AWESOME hubby-created goat costume), and thought I'd post my query here in case it proved useful to anybody else down the road; and will PM you to let you know it's here. From two different threads I found these comments (I apologize, I forgot to retrieve the thread link as well :oops:...
pueppi wrote:Wow. That is awesome! I am totally impressed. Plus I love goats. :)

And, my tip for massaging them (because I use to have one that I did this on).... they love their neck and shoulders rubbed! *hehe*
pueppi wrote:
AngEngland wrote:I did some myoskeletal type releases along the neck and then light traction - probably didn't feel light to the chick...

I did have to laugh... really hard at this. *grins* Never worked on a chick, but I worked on a goat once. It was amazing that the poor thing was able to walk right again when I was done. I did traction by pulling on it's horns, when it got mad about me pulling on it's neck. *hehe*

Might as well "do what you do", makes sense!!!

I'm excited about your chick!!!!! :)

Please let us know how he/she continues to do.

So pueppi...here's my situation...I do chair at a local farmer's market and we have a vendor come in to do pony rides when her schedule and weather permits. She has a 2yo goat (a mixed breed, i remember her saying mama was a breed known for dairy...white streaks on the face??) that had managed to squeeze it's head through the fence and twist it around getting her horns caught so her chin was sitting at about ten o'clock. Owner figures it happened in the afternoon and she found her the next morning in shock. I'm not certain just how many days ago it occurred (we spoke at market on Sunday). She's been trying to do some hot towels to ease the muscle spasms and has been administering aspirin. Supposedly this goat is coming over tomorrow afternoon to visit me and I do not have the advanced training that you have...any tips or recommendations? This goat apparently still looks like a corkscrew and is sequestered from the rest of the herd to keep her safe.

User avatar
AngEngland
Registered Member
Posts: 735
Joined: Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:19 pm
Location: Southeast Oklahoma
Contact:

Re: Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by AngEngland » Mon Sep 07, 2009 6:03 pm

Um - wow. Our goats have never had issues like that - they are usually SO resiliant. Most goats hate having their horns pulled and will naturally react by pushing back against you. You can restrain them by standing over them and squeezing the base of their neck between your legs leaving teir head out in front but that wouldn't be the best way to work on them. If the goat is feeling so poorly I would imagine she'll just stand. Do they have a milk stand to hold/restrain and lift the goat to your level? I'd definitely start with releases down the long muscles of the spine and just see what you find as you go. What are the laws about animal chiropractic in your state? You may want to work in tandem with a chiropractor who can help release locked vetebrae. If you have any homeopathics Arnica is goodd for all kinds of shock/trauma and nerve damage/irritations as well.

Angela <><

familymassage
Registered Member
Posts: 110
Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:13 am
Location: NC
Contact:

Re: Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by familymassage » Mon Sep 07, 2009 7:13 pm

After I posted I found another thread in this particular BWOL forum regarding legalities and it is illegal in NC for me to do animal massage. I emailed the owner about it...i'll pass on your info as well.

however, i did find a great link for goat musculature (at least for the neck area):
http://cal.vet.upenn.edu/projects/grossanat/index.htm

any additional info that is posted to this thread will be passed along to the owner. she has a vet that does chiropractic but he's currently on vacation and then there's the economical question of how much do you spend on a goat that sells for $50? the animal lover in all of us (including the owner) wouldn't put a price tag on the necessary help, but I can appreciate the business aspect naggling at the back of her mind regarding it.

thanks again!!

User avatar
pueppi
Registered Member
Posts: 5887
Joined: Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:01 am
Location: Texas / The Lone Star State

Re: Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by pueppi » Tue Sep 08, 2009 4:55 am

familymassage wrote:Supposedly this goat is coming over tomorrow afternoon to visit me and I do not have the advanced training that you have...any tips or recommendations? This goat apparently still looks like a corkscrew and is sequestered from the rest of the herd to keep her safe.
Well I don't claim to have advanced training on goats, but I can say I tugged, pulled, poked, prodded and worked pretty hard on ours. In my case, since she was the family farm pet, there wasn't a lot of money to throw around trying to help her walk better. So, it was kind of the last resort. Although, of course we would never put her down, just because she was gimpy or something. It's just that... well, I'm not gonna sue myself if I accidentally mangle my pet goat. Ya know? :)

Anyway, as AngEngland said, they really are pretty resilient, and I certainly am looking forward to your tale!!!!!!

Mine (Betsy), only appreciated my work for about 10 or 15 minutes at a time, if that helps any. I think in total I worked on her about 5 times. She was good to go after that first traction round... but the gimp did come back in a few days, and we repeated the process. It's been a lot of years, so I can't recall the particulars, but it seems like I worked on the "returned gimp" again in about a week, and then twice more over a month or two or as needed (but, each time we worked, it went away within about 15 mins or so). Like I say, it's been a lot of years and she's since passed on. They live to be pretty old though. I think she was about 17 or so when she wen't gimpy on us. --- Well, now I'm just babbling. :P

My next suggestion would be for the owner to contact an animal chiropractor, if they're wanting a more "qualified" evaluation. Here's the website to get a referral.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, leading to the most amazing view. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through valleys tinkling with bells...
Houston Massage Therapy - Advanced Massage Therapy - Lucas & Lucas, LLC

User avatar
pueppi
Registered Member
Posts: 5887
Joined: Wed Sep 28, 2005 6:01 am
Location: Texas / The Lone Star State

Re: Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by pueppi » Fri May 20, 2011 11:15 am

familymassage wrote:This goat apparently still looks like a corkscrew and is sequestered from the rest of the herd to keep her safe.

<bump> Any update on that poor goat from 2009?
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, leading to the most amazing view. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through valleys tinkling with bells...
Houston Massage Therapy - Advanced Massage Therapy - Lucas & Lucas, LLC

User avatar
MarionFM
Moderator-S.S.S
Posts: 966
Joined: Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:47 pm
Location: Ontario, Canada
Contact:

Re: Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by MarionFM » Fri May 20, 2011 2:48 pm

Mmm. . .goat curry sounds nice!

Rozax
Registered Member
Posts: 386
Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:04 pm

Re: Pueppi--goat massage help?

Post by Rozax » Sat May 21, 2011 11:08 pm

I, too, would like to hear how the goat's story turned out! Poor thing.
MarionFM wrote:Mmm. . .goat curry sounds nice!
I'm trying to get my family (in-laws, parents, grandparents) interested in goat dairy. There are many studies stating their superior health benefits over cows, particularly on delicate and young stomachs. Also, a new mother can't produce milk for her baby, goat milk is supposed to be the next best thing.
This user doesn't visit here, anymore. Move along.
poem-massage.org

Post Reply

Return to “Animal Therapies”