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For Equestrians, by an Equestrian

Sports Therapy for Equestrians

Treatments Tailored to Specific Equestrian Needs

As a horse rider, are you tired of having to explain your sport and how exactly you hurt yourself? 

Fit to Compete offers sports therapy tailored for Equestrians, and treatments are given by an Equestrian! 

With a deep-rooted knowledge base in Hunter/Jumper and Dressage, Adrienne Schmitke, RMT is able to deliver treatments tailored to you and how you ride.

Believe it or not, the discipline you ride, the horse[s] you ride, and the saddle you ride in all contribute to your muscular composition. 

For instance, a horse that likes to be a bit heavy on the forehand will force the rider to use their mid-back muscles (namely the latissimus dorsi, middle fibre trapezius, erector spinae) in order to stabilize.

A hunter rider may have more tension and hypertonicity in their hip flexors [namely rectus femoris, illiacus, and psoas].

And a dressage rider may have shortened rhomboids.

These are just a few examples of how your chosen discipline will affect your postural and muscular imbalances.

Come see for yourself the difference that it makes having a health professional who is also an equestrian provide therapy treatments for equestrians like yourself!


modalities and training


Soft Tissue Release

A specific technique used in sports therapy and massage therapy treatments to lengthen a muscle and decrease tension. Tailored for horse riders.

Dynamic Taping

Dynamic Tape acts mechanically like a spring to strongly decelerate or assist motion to improve movement patterns. Its elastic properties differentiate it from everything that exists on the market, which facilitates in reducing loads on the joints, without limiting the amplitudes of motion, and in improving the performance of our athletes.

Physical Vascular Therapy

BEMER is designed to improve circulation thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. Blood is the body’s universal means of transportation. Oxygen, nutrients, chemical messengers (e.g., hormones) and immune cells are all transported through our blood. When our body’s cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are removed, our bodies maintain a healthy balance and function properly. The optimal regulation of circulation is a prerequisite for ensuring good levels of health and fitness.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy involves placing cups on the body and creating suction. Benefits include pain relief and sports recovery.

Registered Massage Therapy

Registered Massage Therapists are regulated healthcare professionals in Ontario. 

Treatments by RMTs are covered under most insurance plans.

Hospital Specialization

Adrienne received a hospital specialization for her work at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto Rehab, Mount Sinai, and the Bickle Centre.


Certified Equine Massage Therapy

Adrienne is also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist.

Neurokinetic Therapy for Equines

Adrienne was the first Canadian to take part in Neurokinetic Therapy training for Equines, held in Petaluma, CA. NKT is a great tool for assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]

What to wear?

All treatments are done clothed. It is best if you come wearing loose fitting or stretchy clothing to get the most out of your treatment. For cupping therapy or dynamic taping on the back, undressing with professional draping is also available.

Is my treatment covered by my insurance?


Fit to Compete's Sports Therapy treatments are given by a Registered Massage Therapist. If your insurance covers Registered Massage Therapy, our treatments will be covered. A receipt with registration # is given for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

How do I book a barn visit?

Please fill out the form with some available days or time of day that works best for you. Travel fees will apply; Adrienne tries to group geographical locations to decrease travel costs to you wherever possible.

Discounts are given when there are more than 3 riders at one location - get your whole barn in on it! If you'd like our Barn Visit flyer to hang in the barn, please let us know!

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Will the treatment hurt?

Some discomfort with manual sports therapy can be expected. However, the therapist will check in for comfort level and you will be encouraged to speak up if anything needs adjusting [pressure levels, etc]. 

"No Pain, No Gain" is only partially true for manual therapy. We like to think some discomfort is okay, but pain is not. That is a fine line we will work around. Ultimately, it is YOUR treatment and you are invited to let your therapist know if you need more or less pressure.

Can I book my treatment in advance?


If you know we will be at the same competition, feel free to book your appointment online before the show to guarantee your treatment slot.

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How soon before/after competing can I receive a treatment?

You can get a treatment as little as 30 minutes after your class.
You can get a treatment up to an hour before your class. However, we recommend your very first treatment be done after your class, until you learn how your body feels after treatment.

Some find their muscles feel as though they've been worked out post-treatment.

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