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Pg Dip, BSC (Hons) ACPAT Cat A, MCSP, HCPC


Equine physiotherapy can be used for improving performance as well as injury or post-operative recovery. By using skills that have been widely researched in human medicine, physiotherapy techniques have been proved to be effective in treating the equine patient.
Horses can suffer from many injuries or health conditions which can affect the way they perform.
A horse is able to adapt the way they move to avoid any pain present caused by injury, therefore, a physiotherapy assessment is vital to identify any pain present in muscles or joint, to then formulate a treatment plan.
Common equine conditions treated include:
  • Back pain
  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries
  • Joint stiffness
  • Post competition injuries/soreness
  • Poor performance
  • Management of chronic conditions such as arthritis
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Neurological conditions
A horse may benefit from a physiotherapy assessment if they:
  • Have lost muscle tone/condition along back/neck/hindquarters
  • Have changes in behaviour when being ridden or in the stable
  • Are reluctant to accept the saddle or the bit
  • Are bucking/rearing/napping when being ridden
  • Poor transitions when being ridden
  • Unable to achieve the correct canter lead or becoming disunited
  • The saddle slips to one side
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