A relaxed body is a relaxed mind, treat your horse like an athlete to improve his well-being and performance
What does an Equine Osteopath do?
Treatment of your horse will include a case history, walk and trot up or lunge and a full body assessment. Even though the "problem area" may be your horse's shoulder, this could be a symptom relating to hind limb lameness, cervical (neck) spine stiffness or discomfort under the saddle. The horse's spine is fairly immobile and several inches deep (or more) beneath the horse's back. Pain here, typically, is due to dysfunction elsewhere. It is very important, therefore, to check all the legs, shoulders and hips to ensure the horse is treated appropriately and holistically.
Massage, mobilisation, manipulation and stretches are some of the ways in which an osteopath helps to restore function to your horse. Similar to a human, this helps to reduce muscle tension and joint stiffness, increase blood flow and improve symmetry of movement. This helps a horse become softer in the hand, increases engagement and become more through and work across the back.
Does my vet need to know?
Yes. The Veterinary Act of 1966 Section 19 states that veterinary permission must be given in order to treat an animal. Please download my consent form here and ask your vet to sign it, or provide your vets contact details when you book an appointment.
Liaising with vets, farriers, nutritionists, trainers and instructors is essential for the complete health of your horse and the best practice for us as professionals. There are many equine therapists who do not have sufficient qualifications or understanding, but are still treating. Please ensure that you and your horse are given the best possible treatment by recognising the value of academic qualifications and trusting in the care which we provide.