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  About Equine Physiotherapy  

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Bespoke Treatments

Every horse or pony will receive bespoke, tailored treatments to suit them and their own needs and requirements

Manual Therapies

Including massage, myofascial release and dynamic mobilisations.

Techniques chosen to best suit your horses’ needs

Electrotherapies

Laser therapy and PEMF therapy utilised where necessary to aid manual therapies and aid with joint pain and injuries

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesio taping can assist with recovery and muscular function, increase joint ROM and aid management of swelling/oedema

(Extra charges apply)

Basic Exercise Perscription

Tailored exercises will be provided after physiotherapy sessions, enabling us to maintain and achieve the best results

How do I know if my Horse needs Veterinary Physiotherapy Treatment

Modern demands placed upon our horses from stabling, haynets and ridden work mean that our beloved horses and ponies require additional TLC to ensure they are in optimum condition.
Contrary to popular belief… Physiotherapy is not exclusively for injured or high performance horses. I deeply believe that every horse and pony can benefit from physiotherapy treatment, as the aim is not only to improve performance, but to also improve comfort and aid in the prevention of injury.

 

What Conditions/Signs Indicate my Horse Could Benefit from Physiotherapy?

There are many signs that could indicate your horse could benefit from physiotherapy, including (but not limited to):
  • Behavioural issues -e.g. napping, bucking, head shaking, excessive tail swishing, etc
  • ​Toe dragging, general stiffness and other changes in movement
  • Inability or reluctance to stand square
  • Poor transitions during ground and/or ridden work
  • Lack of topline or previous poor saddle fit
Various conditions that your horse could experience can also benefit from physiotherapy, including (but not limited to):
  • Soft tissue injuries - muscles, tendons or ligaments
  • Joint conditions - e.g. hock osteoarthritis, sacroiliac dysfunction, etc
  • Back soreness - muscular, skeletal (kissing spines), etc 
  • Wounds (acute or chronic)
  • Nerve injuries/neurological issues
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • muscle imbalances (possibly due to previously ill-fitting saddles)
Horses have an innate ability to mask pain by adapting their gait and posture, which may be difficult to spot. If left unaddressed for long periods of time, any compensatory musculoskeletal adaptations may lead to permanent damage, which can limit their performance.
Physiotherapy not only accelerates healing or improves performance, but it also helps improve comfort, gait re-education, restore mobility and aid in the prevention of injuries. This ensures your horse can perform optimally throughout their ridden career and maintain comfort through their retirement.
 
 

What Happens During a Veterinary Physiotherapy Session?

During physiotherapy sessions, you can expect the following:

  • Discussion - A quick discussion regarding your horses’ history and any current and previous injuries/conditions or issues along with any short or long term goals that you would like to achieve
  • Static Assessment - The observation of your horses’ conformation and posture
  • Dynamic Assessment - The observation of your horse moving in a straight line, turning tightly and reining back and if necessary on the lunge or under saddle
  • Palpation Assessment - A comprehensive assessment of your horses muscles, soft tissues and joint range of motion
  • Treatment - Tailored, bespoke physiotherapy treatments to include manual therapies, Laser therapy and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy as appropriate (on young horses, electrotherapies are avoided where possible due to the possible side effects in the growing horses)
  • Plan and Final Discussion - Discussing and going through any questions you may have regarding your horses’ treatment, home exercises if appropriate and follow-up treatment if appropriate to achieve optimum results
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