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 (the rider) are in pain.

Equine osteopath assessing the left hindlimb of a grey horse

Riding your horse while in pain could put you at risk of being unbalanced while you ride. This puts uneven pressure on your horse which could lead to pain or discomfort for both of you. In these circumstances I would recommend a ‘horse and owner’ assessment which I can then bring my portable plinth and treat you both on the yard!

Jasmine the osteopath treating the right forelimb of a brown horse
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 handled

– Pinning ears back

– Struggling to relax

– Weaving

– Box walking.

Equine osteopath stretching the grey horse's back leg