Benefits for Horses

Here are some of the reasons why your horse should see an osteopath:

– To reduce pain

– Improve mobility

– Improve function to do daily tasks 

– Optimise your horse’s performance

– Speed up recovery from injury, accident or

   post-operation

– Improve behavioural changes caused by pain

– Help prevent re-injury

If YOU are in pain – if you ride your horse and are in pain you could be unbalanced when you ride. This puts uneven pressure on your horse which could lead to pain or discomfort. In these circumstances I recommend a ‘horse and owner’ assessment – I can even bring my portable plinth and treat you both on the yard!

Signs that your horse may need to see the osteopath:

– Lameness or limping

– Stiffness or decreased mobility

– Rigid posture, feeling less soft in the back and muscles

– Gait problems (e.g. decreased stride length or

   cadence, disunited canter)

– Difference in the feel of reins left to right

– Uneven muscle bulk

– Reluctance to go forwards

– Difficulty flexing and side-bending

– Head tilt, head shaking or inconsistent head carraige

– Holding tail to one side

– Decreased performance at jumping (e.g. Jumping at an

   angle, lack of bascule over a fence)

– Croup high or could backed

– Difficulty taking weight behind

– Post-competition injury

– Age-related changes

– Post-operative rehabilitation

Behavioural changes that may indicate your horse is in pain or discomfort include:

– Bucking

– Rearing

– Bolting

– Irritable

– Reluctance to wear saddle

– Sensitivity to brushing and being handles

– Pinning ears back

– Struggling to relax

– Weaving

– Box walking