Equine Services

A typical treatment session will be comprised of the following:

  • Assessment - This involves gaining details of your horse's history and your goals for the treatment. This will be followed by a static assessment, dynamic assessment, palpation, and a range of motion assessment in order to gain a further insight as to what the issues are. Depending on your concerns, I may also need to observe your horse under saddle or on the lunge.

  • Electrotherapies - electrotherapy treatment will be selected specifically for your horse, with the choice of laser, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, TENS, cryotherapy, and/or heat.

  • Manual Therapies - massage, myofascial release, stretching, and/or passive range of motion will be performed depending on your horse's requirements.

  • Remedial Exercise - appropriate remedial exercises will be chosen for your horse, and demonstrated to you so that you can perform them between sessions.

  • Management Advice - recommendations will be made in relation to your horse's management. This will optimise the therapeutic benefit of the session. Communication with other professionals involved in your horse's care may also be necessary, for example with your trainer, farrier, saddler, or dentist.

  • Session Information - information will be given to you regarding assessment findings, treatments performed, management advice, and remedial 'homework' exercises.

All treatment sessions require veterinary consent. This is both the law, and to ensure your horse is healthy and suitable for veterinary physiotherapy. Gaining consent is a simple procedure, please contact Louisa for further information.

If you are interested in this service, please visit the price list.

Will veterinary physiotherapy help my horse?

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Common indications that veterinary physiotherapy will be of benefit to your horse:

  • Stiffness or lameness

  • Behavioural changes e.g. aggression, increased spookiness, bucking, rearing, napping, head shaking, tail swishing or clamping

  • Reactivity to touch, tack or grooming

  • Appearing lazy

  • Issues in canter e.g. going disunited, changing canter lead, or difficulty maintaining canter on a specific rein

  • Stumbling or toe dragging

  • Reluctance to accept the contact

  • Hollowing of the back during exercise

  • Not tracking up or lacking impulsion

  • Irregular rhythm

  • Struggling to work in straight lines

  • Decline in performance

Common conditions that veterinary physiotherapy will benefit:

  • Injuries, such as muscular, ligament, tendon or bone

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sacroiliac disease

  • Overriding dorsal spinous processes (kissing spines)

  • Intermittent upward fixation of the patella (sticking stifles)

  • Laminitis

  • Neurological conditions, such as Sweeney, stringhalt or wobbler syndrome

  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)

  • Following surgery

  • Wound healing