EQUINE VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY

All horse benefit from treatment, from high level competition horses to leisure horses and ponies.

If your horse has been diagnoses or is suspected of any of the following, assessment by a veterinary physiotherapist will be of benefit:

  • Back and pain – which may be as a result of a physical injury, poor posture or underlying joint pathology

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Muscular strains, tears, atrophy

  • Overriding or Impinging Dorsal Spinous Processes (Kissing Spines), post surgery or conservative management

  • Nerve damage and neurological issues

  • Sacroiliac injuries and pain


Treatments aim to reduce muscle spasm and improve range of motion and balance of your horse’s musculature.

In cases where the problem has been established over a long period of time, Veterinary Physiotherapy can help to reverse pain-conditioned behaviour, correct abnormal movement patterns and restore confidence. Such signs of compensations include but aren’t limited to:

  • Change in character

  • Behavioural problems (bucking/rearing/napping)

  • Inability/reluctant to stand square

  • Disunited canter / Difficulty striking off on a particular canter lead

  • Jumping issues (refusals/rushing)

  • Excessive tail swishing

  • Head shaking/tilting

  • Stiffness/reluctance to bend

  • Toe dragging

  • Difficulty working in an outline/maintaining an outline

  • Lack of topline


Veterinary Physiotherapy is a non-invasive treatment and rehabilitation process which utilises:

  • Deep tissue massage and stretching

  • Gentle joint mobilisations

  • Electrotherapies – LASER, Ultrasound, and Pulsed Electromagnetic field therapy, TENS (neuromuscular stimulation)

  • Adding remedial exercise prescription into your current work