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Equine physiotherapy

Equine Physiotherapy can be beneficial for your horse, not only if he has a specific condition but also to maintain his performance and prevent problems from developing in the future.  

We treat horses and ponies at all levels, from those who enjoy hacking or occasional schooling to those who are competing at the highest levels as elite athletes. 

How We Can Help Your Horse

We can treat your horse for any of the following conditions:-

Back, neck and pelvis problems

These problems may occur for a wide variety of reasons such as trauma (falls, becoming cast), poor saddle fit, weakness due to age or stage of schooling, rider weakness or asymmetry, adaptive gait due to lameness or due to an underlying pathology (such as kissing spine or degenerative joint disease).

Soft tissue injuries

We can help if your horse has experienced injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles, including strains, sprains, desmitis and tendonopathy.

We can also treat

Joint stiffness, nerve injuries, wounds and scar tissue, splints and swellings.

What Equine Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques Do We Use?

We use physiotherapeutic techniques to reduce your horse’s pain, improve his movement and restore normal muscle control for better motor performance and function.

Manual Techniques

As Chartered Equine Physiotherapists, we are experts in using joint and soft tissue manual techniques during both acute and chronic phases of injury to reduce pain and increase your horse’s range of movement. Our manual equine physiotherapy techniques include massage, stretching, maitland mobilisations, myofascial release, trigger point release and reciprocal/reflex inhibition.

How to tell if your horse has a problem?

How we can help your horse

We can treat your horse for any of the following conditions:-

Electrotherapy Modalities 

We utilise electrotherapy modalities to promote the healing process, reduce swelling and provide pain relief. Ultrasound, laser and PEME (Pulsed Electro Magnetic Energy) are used to promote healing in soft tissues and wounds. Laser is also very effective for pain relief in chronic conditions such as arthritis. Neuromuscular stimulation is used both to assess the quality of muscle contraction and is effective in mobilising and strengthening muscle during a treatment programme.


Rehabilitation is an essential part of the equine physiotherapy treatment. It is an area in which Chartered Physiotherapists excel, utilising principles developed in human medicine. Tailored home exercise regimes focus on your horse’s mobility, stability, strength and proprioception to optimise recovery and reduce the risk of future injury. These include:-

• Core stability exercises
• Strengthening and proprioceptive exercises
• Polework
• Proprioceptive taping

How We Assess Your Horse

As Chartered Equine Physiotherapists, we will always contact your veterinary surgeon for approval prior to treatment.  The initial assessment and treatment session will take approximately 1½ hours. During this time the equine physiotherapist will do the following:-

• Take a detailed history of your horse.
• Observe your horse standing square and moving in a straight line, on the lunge, turning tightly, reining back and if necessary ridden.
• Complete a physical examination  - palpate muscles and soft tissues and assess joint range of movement.
• Formulate a treatment plan and discuss this with you.
• Perform appropriate treatment.
• Discuss your horse’s post treatment work programme, home exercises if appropriate and follow up treatment if appropriate.

Home visits are available in addition to the clinics that are held throughout the region. You can book a physiotherapy session below or see details of our Clinics and Events by following the link.

Booking a Session

If you would like to book an equine physiotherapy assessment at your own yard or at one of our clinics, please call us on the above telephone number or Contact Us online.


We run a variety of Clinics and Events. Click below to find out what’s on and when.

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ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapists

We are ACPAT chartered physiotherapists and always work with veterinary approval as stipulated by the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966), to ensure that your animal receives the best possible care.

As chartered physiotherapists, we will always obtain your vet's permission before proceeding with the initial treatment.

Victoria Spalding. Chartered veterinary Physiotherapy