Physiotherapy can benefit any horse, whether they are actively competing and in a high level of work or just a companion horse turned out all year. There are signs and symptoms that could indicateyour horse would benefit from physiotherapy including:
- Change in behaviour
- Reduction in performance
- Bucking or rearing
- Lack of bend
- Refusing fences
- Reduced stride length
- Aggression when tacking up
- Rider related issues
- Striking off on the wrong canter lead
- Uneven hoof or shoe wear
- Asymmetry or loss of muscle
- Hollowing the back and refusing a contact
- Lack of impulsion or willingness to move forward
There are a range of equine conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy:
- Post operative rehabilitation
- Kissing spines
- Suspensory desmitis
- Tendon/ Ligament injuries
- Sacroiliac disease
- Saddle fitting issues
- Bone spavin
- Wounds that are unable to be sutured
- Bite or kick injuries
- Exertional Rhabdomyolysis ‘tying up’
- Splints/ fractures
- Nerve injuries
- Postnatal physiotherapy
And many more!
If you have any questions or want to discuss how physiotherapy may benefit your horse or pony don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Included in your physiotherapy session you will receive a comprehensive report of the findings of the gait assessment, palpation and treatment given to your horse or pony. You will often be prescribed exercises to completed between sessions which aim to target the problem areas of your horse. These often include exercises in the stable, pole work, lunging, long lining, ridden exercises and groundwork. All aiming towards keeping your horse strong, supple and athletic.
By law Equine physiotherapy sessions can be only be completed after obtaining veterinary referral, or permission from your veterinary surgeon. This is in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, where no animal may be treated without veterinary consent.
Download a referral form here: Veterinary approval