As a physiotherapist I am one member of a team that looks to maintain your horses' physical fitness and athletic potential, alongside your veterinary surgeon, farrier, dentist, saddler and trainer.  Regardless of the horses' discipline, competition level or whether they are the family hack we can keep your horse performing at their optimum level. 

Any horses will benefit from regular physiotherapy treatments in the same way as they benefit from regular farriery, dentist treatments and saddle fittings.

Subtle changes in your horse's behaviour or performance may suggest they are in need of a physiotherapy assessment.  This could be noted as, unwillingness to work in a correct outline, struggling to strike off in the correct canter lead, struggling to perform dressage movements or lateral work, or stopping when jumping.  All of these can be early indications of a treatable condition.  Physiotherapy can also pick up on subtle musculoskeletal asymmetries or problem areas before they impinge on performance and become a more chronic issue.

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common conditions

      that benefit from physiotherapy

  • Haematomas

  • Reducing scar tissue

  • Exertional Rhabdomyolysis or "tying up"

  • Laminitis

  • Check ligament sprains

  • Collateral ligament damage

  • Proximal suspensory desmitis

  • Superficial digital flexor tendon injury/strain

  • Deep digital flexor tendon injury/strain

  • Stifle injuries

  • Locking stifles

  • Tightness in the poll

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

  • Nerve injuries

  • Rider related issues

  • Behavioural changes

  • Muscular asymmetries

  • Muscle strains

  • Back problems

  • Sacroiliac conditions

  • Low grade lameness

  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans 

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Bone spavin

  • Ringbone

  • Sidebone

  • Splints

  • Kissing spines

  • Fractures

  • Mud fever

  • Open wounds that are unable to be sutured

  • Bite or strike injuries


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Ensure that your Veterinary Physiotherapist is qualified