Horses are asked to perform in a variety of disciplines, all of which influence their bodies in different ways. Regardless if it is your happy hacker, riding club mount or 3-day eventer, it is important to ensure horses move freely and are fit for the job being asked of them. Regular Equine Physiotherapy checks can help prepare horses for their respective disciplines.
Being a prey animal, horses are expert compensators allowing them to mask areas of discomfort. This can soon provide a “spider’s web” of problem areas if these subtle compensations are over looked.
Changes to look out for include:
This list is by no means exhaustive. If your horse has changed its behaviour or actions in some way, it could be the result of pain and discomfort.
Your horse may also benefit from Equine Physiotherapy if your vet has diagnosed any of the following:
Tendon & Ligament Injuries - Tears, Strains, Suspensory desmitis, Tendinitis, Tenosynovitis.
Muscle spasm & tears.
Muscle hypotrophy (wastage) or imbalance.
Back, neck or pelvic pain - inc. Sacroiliac strain.
Saddle related pain / interference.
Capped hock or elbow.
Splints / Fractured Splints.
Wounds - optimise tissue repair and regeneration.
Athletic Performance - Optimise and maintain athletic functional ability for a specific discipline.
Degenerative Joint Conditions - Bone spavin, Ringbone etc.
Nerve injuries - Sweeny, Nerve damage/impingement.
Post-injury - optimise tissue and bony repair and re-educate gait
I am often asked this question to which I my response varies…
The regularity of equine physiotherapy sessions depends greatly on the intensity and type of work being undertaken and any previous injury, illness or disease the horse has had. Some cases may need weekly or twice weekly visits until the injury has healed; Some horses in light work may only need checked over twice a year; Or, competition animals may need monthly visits...
The best way to find out what would work for your horse is to get in touch and discuss each horse as an individual.