Equine physiotherapy sessions are mobile and take place at your yard, ensuring the session is as stress-free as possible for your horse. Your horse should be clean, dry and in a head collar, or similar, and lead rope in preparation for their treatment session. If you intend to ride prior to your appointment, please leave plenty of time to ensure your horse isn’t sweaty. Ideally, you should have access to a flat, non-slip surface, such as rubber matting, for your horse to stand on during treatment. However, a concrete floor in the stable will do if this is not possible. You will be expected to walk and trot your horse up for dynamic assessment, so an appropriate area to do this will be required and you should also dress to handle your horse. If you are experiencing a specific issue, such as problems under saddle or on the lunge, the therapist may also want to see your horse in these situations to assess the problem.
An initial assessment and treatment session will last approximately one and a half hours. This will include history taking, a thorough assessment of your horse’s conformation and gait, muscle palpation and joint range of motion assessment. This will be followed by a treatment session tailored to your horse’s needs. Treatment may include a combination of massage, stretching and electrotherapies. A home exercise programme will also usually be prescribed and demonstrated to promote rehabilitation and conditioning. Follow-up sessions as required will usually last approximately one hour. Consent from your horse’s Veterinarian is required before commencement of any treatment.
Reasons your horse may require veterinary physiotherapy treatment include:
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Conservative management of an injury or long term condition
- Rehabilitation and strengthening following an injury or period of rest
- Maintenance and injury prevention
- Fitness, conditioning and maintenance for competition horses