Each and every horse is equal and deserving when it comes to ensuring its health and well-being.
Every horse will be listened to, treated with dignity and gentleness; given full Osteopathic care and attentiveness throughout.
Potential Benefits of Osteopathic treatment may include:
- Improvement in over all health and well-being including emotional well-being;
- Improved performance;
- Improved joint mobility; improved vascular and lymphatic drainage;
- Optimised recovery following injury
- Decreased pain and muscle imbalance.
- Diminished likelihood of further re-injury.
Booking your Equine and Animal Osteopath – What to Expect?
- Vet referral and consent form signed prior to first consultation
- A full and comprehensive case history will be taken;
- Observation at rest;
- Observation during walk up and trot up; in a circle;
- Observation when ridden;
- Osteopathic assessment of the horse/dog etc.,
- Osteopathic examination of the horse/dog etc.,
- Osteopathic treatment with advice to owner re. further remedial work; onward referral; Advice about any course of further Osteopathic treatment;
- Follow up – phone call or consultation with re-assessment and re-examination and further Osteopathic treatment where appropriate.
Book an Equine and Animal Osteopathic Appointment
When to consult your Equine and Animal Osteopath?
Symptoms which may indicate benefit from treatment
Diagnosis from a veterinarian
Osteopathy can be useful in the following areas:
- Reduced performance
- Gait problems: halt and loss of collection; dis-uniting; short stride; lacking focus and concentration; tracking up; cross-canter problems; pulling uphill or rushing downhill;
- Problems with head carriage;
- Reluctance to trot or canter on certain reins;
- Uneven muscle tone and muscle bulk; muscle imbalances and spasm;
- Scoliosis patterns; vertebral lesions and sacral imbalance;
- Areas of pain and sensitivity;
- Poll and Bridle sensitivity; saddle issues;
- Stiffness in particular areas and stiffness in the older horse;
- Maintaining mobility in competition horses;
- Assistance in preventing bucking between transitions;
- Changes in behaviour: bucking; bolting; rearing; kicking; refusing to jump; refusal to load into trailer; sensitivity to brushing; difficulty with shoeing;
- Osteopathic treatment to assist in rehabilitation of diagnosed conditions such as lameness or arthritis;
- Osteopathic treatment following ligament injury; tendon injury; spinal and other joint dysfunction.
An essential part of the Osteopathic assessment is the Walk Up and Trot Up in every case.
Observation and Assessment in Walk Up
Observation and Assessment in Trot Up
Conformation and foot conformation is also assessed. The foot confirmation can affect the foot flight of your horse.
The horse in motion is assessed in relation to its foot conformation and the foot flight: hoof take off; hoof flight; hoof fall; hoof placement.
I am always happy to work in conjunction with you; your vet; farrier and equine dentist and saddler. Sharing specialist skills and knowledge for the improved health and well-being of your horse.
Observation and Assessment in a circle – refining understanding of factors impeding gait and mobility.
Observation and Assessment in Canter: Observation of the ridden horse in canter will include listening to the footfall. Observation of strike off and hind-limb tightness. Observing how the horse engages the hocks beneath him so the forelimbs can clear the ground.