Caring & Professional Equine Physiotherapy

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With a 30 year passion of caring for animals, with many cases both within domestic and competition-circuit environments,
your horse is in very good hands.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?
Veterinary Physiotherapy is an integrated therapy which helps to relieve pain, restore movement and mobility and normal body function. In the case of permanent disease, such as arthritis, the aim is to reduce the impact of that dysfunction.

Why see a Veterinary Physiotherapist?

  • Physiotherapists have an advanced understanding of anatomy and pathology
  • Take an holistic approach, looking at the whole body rather than focusing on the individual factors of a problem
  • Compensatory issues are addressed, helping your horse to return to normal activities
  • Advise how to minimise future injury with tailored exercise and rehabilitation programmes

Is Physiotherapy massage?
No, physiotherapy is much more that massage, although specific massage techniques may be used if regarded appropriate. Physiotherapy can include manual therapy, soft tissue techniques, electrotherapy plus many more treatment options.

Do I need Veterinary permission before you can treat my animal?
Yes. Rachael at Healthy Horse Physiotherapy will contact your vet before your appointment to gain permission for your horse’s treatment and to obtain any relevant history. Your vet will be kept up to date with any findings and details of treatments carried out.

Do you treat animals covered by insurance?
Yes. We are insurance company approved. Please check your individual policy to ensure that you’re covered for physiotherapy.

Are you qualified, regulated and insured?
Yes. Rachael at Healthy Horse Physiotherapy is a qualified veterinary physiotherapist and is an accredited member of The International Association of Animal Therapists and member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapy. Members are regulated and follow a strict code of conduct and are required to attend annual CPD to ensure they are kept up to date with the latest research. They are comprehensively insured.

Why use Rachael at Healthy Horse Physiotherapy?
Rachael has training that includes techniques used by most hands-on professions such as chiropractors, osteopaths, massage therapists and kinesiologists. She has spent several years working within veterinary practise as a veterinary technician, specialising in diagnostic ultrasound, working closely alongside equine vets, seeing firsthand the results of many different injuries sustained by the horse. She is an experienced and accomplished horsewoman, rider and trainer, with a passion for the treatment and rehabilitation of horses suffering from physical and psychological trauma and poor performance. Rachael is also a Master Saddle Fitting Consultant, helping to prevent saddle related pain and damage as well as carrying out remedial work for existing problems, including muscle atrophy( muscle wastage), asymmetry and post surgical cases such as kissing spine.

Common Conditions

Some of the common issues helped by Physiotherapy include:

  • Neck & Back conditions
  • Wounds
  • Arthritis
  • Post Operative Care
  • Changes in Behaviour or Temperament
  • Competition Preparation
  • Poor Performance
  • Stiffness on One Rein
  • Not Happy Jumping
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Loss of Impulsion
  • Poor Lateral Work
  • Lethargy
  • Reluctant to be Tacked Up
  • Lameness