EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPY

 

Equine physiotherapy is an extremely well recognised tool and work in conjunction with vets, trainers, farriers and other paraprofessionals. It is utilised to aid performance and enhance recovery times associated with strenuous exercise, and minor or major injury.

Physiotherapists combine clinical palpation with gait analysis to create unique treatment programmes to enhance your horse’s performance and overall wellbeing. 

The skilled physiotherapist can detect subtle changes to your horse’s musculoskeletal framework, which can ultimately prevent and reduce the chances of catastrophic injury.

A time lapse of initial assessment palpation.

How Do I know If My Horse Needs Physiotherapy?

Here are just some of the signs to look out for that can be indicating your horse is in some discomfort:

 

  • Changes in behaviour or temperament

  • Disruption to performance

  • Reduced impulsion or hind limb engagement

  • Head tilting

  • Teeth grinding

  • Cold backed

  • Shortening of step/lameness

  • Difficulty with schooling and jumping exercises

  • Napping, bucking and or rearing

  • Uneven muscle development

  • Tripping/stumbling

  • Difficulty during shoeing

  • Uneven shoe wear

How Physiotherapy Can Help Your Horse?

Physiotherapy can help with a wide range of conditions such as:

  • Neck, back and pelvis pain

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Fractures

  • Muscle sprain, strains, tears and bruising

  • Joint pain and degeneration

  • Wounds and scar tissue

  • Nerve injuries

  • Rehabilitation post surgery

  • Performance maintenance

  • Splints and swellings

  • Behavioural problem

We use a range of treatment modalities, to include manual therapy, electrotherapies and stretching regimes to create a bespoke programme designed specifically for your horse’s needs.

Please note

In accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, it is a legal requirement for all Veterinary Physiotherapists to obtain veterinary consent prior to treatment of any animal.  This does not necessarily mean that your pet has to see the vet prior to your physiotherapy appointment.


You will need to download the interactive veterinary referral form below which can be filled out online and emailed to your vets. Or alternatively, you can send your details to Kim to fill out the form and contact your veterinary surgeon on your behalf.

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