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Equine Physiotherapy in a Nutshell: What, Why and How?

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Veterinary Physiotherapy is a science-based profession which focuses on injury prevention, injury rehabilitation/management and improving your animals’ physical and psychological wellbeing.

Veterinary Physiotherapists work closely with veterinary surgeons.

Signs your horse may benefit from physiotherapy*:

· Poor behaviour





difficulty leading

· Stiffness

· Difficulty getting up

· Dragging hooves

· Loss of muscle

· Unhappy when being tacked up

· Not wanting to be caught

· Gait abnormalities

· Poor performance

pole knocking

refusing to jump

reluctant to accept contact/hollowing

lacking suppleness

difficulty performing a specific movement

disunited canter

incorrect canter leads



*All horses will benefit from physiotherapy; regular maintenance sessions can help with the early detection of potential issues, reduce the risk of injury and help to maintain and improve your horse’s performance.

What does veterinary physiotherapy involve?

I use a combination of:

· Manual techniques (massage and stretching)

· Electrotherapies (h-wave, light therapy and pulsed magnetic field therapy)

· A home treatment programme (husbandry advice, exercise plan).

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