Taping works naturally with the body. By putting tape on your horse’s hair, you’re actually simulating the hair follicle—which originates in the second layer of skin—lifting it up, and bringing blood flow to areas to help with pain or stress. It can help decrease pain, relieve swollen areas, soften tight muscles and fascia, and improve proprioception in an area. I use tape in my practice to relieve overworked muscles, "wake up" under used muscles, support joints, relieve pain and improve proprioception.
This is a client horse. In this photo you can see the ripples where the fascia is releasing. Think of fascia (in VERY simple terms) as the Saran Wrap that envelops the body, every organ, every muscle fiber and criss-crosses over itself. By attaching to the hair, which is connected to the nerves that innervate the fascia, k-tape helps release tight fascia and creates a direct signal to the brain to reroute nerve impulses.
Horses feel the effects of the tape right away! Usually, as soon as I put the anchor of the tape down, the horse starts to yawn. Add tape to your bodywork session for $1 per foot. You may also purchase your own tape or buy a roll from me and I will show you how to tape your horse.