Equine Physio

The horse is an athlete whether they are used for light hacking or top level competition. Routine maintenance of the neurological, muscular & skeletal systems will help to ensure they remain in peak condition.

Why Does My Horse Need Physio?
Animals can't tell us where their pain is or if they have injured themselves & they are often clever at hiding their discomfort. Animals are known to be histoic, especially as flight animals where displays of pain are a weakness & a threat to there very survival. Schooling issues, behavioural problems or reduced performance can all be caused by pain, tight muscles & weakness or joint stiffness. Equally, your horse may have suffered a direct injury & may need rehabilitation to re-gain previous levels of performance & function.

Horses of today are asked to do far more than evolution could have expected, with greater pressure to perform at high athletic levels. It is not surprising that injuries occur. Pain or discomfort in any degree is inhibiting & detracts from the performance ability of the horse. Physiotherapy aims to restore flexibility & normal range of movement in the neuro -musculoskeletal system where movement is restricted & painful. This balance needs to be restored for optimal performance & function & this can be achieved successfully with Physiotherapy intervention if used correctly & at the right time. The aim is to restore & maintain health, soundness & performance by decreasing pain & by improving movement. Physiotherapy can also aid in the rehabilitation process following surgery whether orthopaedic or other.

Cause of Problems

  • Direct injury or trauma - fall, cast, kick
  • Lameness
  • Underlying pathology
  • Badly fitting tack
  • Poor rider technique
  • Lack of fitness, natural mobility & athletic ability
  • Foot balance
  • Dental problems
    • When to Seek Help

      • Muscle imbalance & atrophy
      • Sore back
      • Stiffness & resistance in transitions, schooling & lateral work
      • Napping, rearing, bucking or behavioural issues
      • Hollowing & lack of engagement
      • Incorrect lead or disunited in canter
      • Performance deterioration
      • Difficulty maintaining an outline or engaging hindquarters
      • Reluctance to go forwards
      • Uneven shoe wear
      • After an injury & pre / post surgery
      • Lameness