Equine Veterinary Physiotherapy Benefits

All horses can benefit from veterinary physiotherapy to some degree; whether they are happy hackers, riding club horses, or higher level performance horses.

Potential Signs of Injury or Discomfort in Horses

  • Including but not limited to:

  • Behavioural changes

  • Cold backed

  • Disunited canter

  • Head shaking or tilting

  • Heat or swelling around joints

  • Inability to stand square

  • Inability to work in an outline

  • Inability to bend on one rein

  • Lack of topline

  • Lameness

  • Loss of condition

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Muscular asymmetries

  • Poor posture

  • Reactive to touch

  • Reduced hind end engagement

  • Refusing or running out of jumps

  • Stiffness

  • Tripping or toe dragging

  • Weight shifting

How can Veterinary Physiotherapy help your horse?

Maintenance

  • Any issues are more likely to be identified early; therefore allowing preventative measures to be put in place

  • Maintaining and improving muscle tone and quality

  • Ensuring that the horse works correctly

  • Maintaining correct gait

  • Mantaining and improving core strength and posture

  • Maintaining and improving fitness

  • Maintaining and improving strength

  • Reducing risk of injury or degeneration with age

  • Supporting joints

Rehabilitation - Diagnosed Conditions, Injuries, Surgeries

Including but not limited to:

  • Back issues

  • Fractures

  • Infringement of dorsal spinous processes ("kissing spines")

  • Locking stifles

  • Mud fever

  • Muscle strains

  • Muscle tightness

  • Muscular asymmetries

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sacroiliac conditions

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Wounds