You must have the permission of your vet to have your horse treated by an osteopath. We will ask you for your vet’s details so that we can ask for their written consent.
We are interested in horse health from physical wellbeing to how the animal is coping with stresses such as inappropriate diet, change of owner, separation from friends, exercise intensity, unbalanced rider, travelling…the list goes on.
If a horse starts behaving differently, feels unbalanced, loses condition, is lame, seems one sided, or is simply ‘not himself’, osteopathy may be able to help. You may also anticipate situations where a horse would benefit from treatment e.g. after stressful events such as long journeys, or as preparation for a competition. A regular check up can help to keep the horse well and prevent problems, enabling them to compete throughout the season.
Consultation begins with a full history of the horse, including current issues and previous history of illness, trauma and injury. I realise that the present owner/rider may not know the full history and I will usually find out more when I examine the horse osteopathically. The horse is examined in motion and assessed for posture, flexibility and ease. Sometimes a rider’s symptoms may be affecting the horse’s equilibrium, so this may need to be included in my assessment.
Gentle techniques are used to help restore the horse to their best possible health. Horses generally find treatment relaxing and happily accept osteopathy. We believe it is important for the horse to be able to respond during treatment. We pay attention to reactions, such as tail swishing or changes in head posture, so that the horse remains comfortable throughout.