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EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPY

All horses may benefit from regular physiotherapy to keep them at optimal health and performance, from leisure horses to competition athletes. The horse has a complex musculoskeletal system, and sometimes the daily stresses placed upon it can cause minor problems, just as in humans. 

Signs indicating that your horse may require physiotherapy:

  • Lameness

  • Bucking

  • Rearing

  • Toe drag

  • Lack of impulsion

  • Struggling with transitions

  • Stiffness

  • Struggling on one rein

  • Behavioural changes

  • Becoming 'girthy' when tacked up

  • Refusing jumps

  • Refusing to go forwards

  • Struggling with the correct canter lead

  • Reduction in performance

Common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy:

  • Tendon/ligament injuries

  • Kissing spines

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Muscular asymmetries

  • Oedema

  • Muscle strains

  • Scar tissue

  • Sacroiliac dysfunction

  • Wounds

  • Fractures

  • Exertional rhabdomyolysis

  • Locking stifles

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation 

  • Neurological conditions

  • Proprioceptive deficits

  • Laminitis

  • Navicular syndrome

Benefits of physiotherapy:

  • Decrease muscular tension

  • Promote healing

  • Improve joint range of motion

  • Improve muscular asymmetries

  • Reduce oedema

  • Reduce pain and discomfort

  • Improve function

  • Promote relaxation

  • Muscular strengthening

  • Reduce risk of injury 

  • Neurological conditions

  • Improve proprioception

  • Reduce fibrous adhesions

Prices:

  • Equine initial appointment approx 1.5 hours: £45

  • Equine follow up session approx 1 hour:          £40

Download a veterinary physiotherapy consent form here