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Equine Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can play a big part in improving and maintaining the health of your horse, regardless of their activity levels.

Physiotherapy can be utilised in all types of horses, from sporting and show horses to leisure and happy hackers to improve strength, balance and coordination, as well as keeping them happy, healthy and nimble. 

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R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy works under strict referral from your veterinary surgeon. This means that we must have permission from your veterinary surgeon before we can perform any physiotherapeutic treatments. 

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Physiotherapy for leisure horses

Although leisure horses and happy hackers do not have as heavy work load than sport horses, they are still at risk of hurting themselves. The added weight of a rider means the muscles in the horse’s back can become tight and painful due to muscle knots. This added weight also means more weight is carried through the horse’s body and legs, increasing the risk of concussive injuries. Physiotherapy can help reduce these niggles and aches and help keep your horses strong to reduce the risk of injury.

As with any horse, leisure horses are at risk of traumatic injuries. Hacking down the road or even just a play in the field could cause your horse to trip, spook or experience a collision, potentially leading to fractures, muscle tears or penetrating wounds. Physiotherapy can help your horse recover from injury faster and with a better quality to get your horse feeling happy and comfortable again.

Physiotherapy for sporting horses

As with human athletes, sport horses are at a high risk of injury. Quick speeds, fast turns and jumping in events such as show–jumping and eventing increase the risk of torsion, concussive and overuse (stress) injuries, whilst the more collective and expressive events such as dressage increase the risk of lower limb and spinal injuries. Physiotherapy can help speed up the rate of recovery and achieve a better quality heal to get your horse back to their winning ways as quick as possible.

Did you know physiotherapy isn’t just to help recover from injury? Physiotherapy can help reduce any uncomfortable niggles and keep their muscles and bones strong to prevent injuries, whilst also improving their overall fitness, balance and coordination to keep your horse winning!

Physiotherapy for show horses

Good conformation, muscle tone and gait are desired in a top–quality show horse. Physiotherapy can help keep your horse in peak fitness and maintain a correct gait pattern, allowing your horse to keep winning!

Show horses can also experience the same every day niggles and injuries at home as leisure horses. Physiotherapy can increase the rate of recovery from injuries with a better quality heal and can keep your horse injury free outside of the show ring.

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What conditions can physiotherapy treat in equines?

Physiotherapy can be beneficial in a range of equine conditions, including:
  • Tendon and ligament injury, including traumatic injuries, desmitis and overuse injuries (stress)
  • Muscle injury and wastage
  • Bone, muscle and soft tissue birth defects, including flexural contractures and tendon laxities
  • Neurological diseases and conditions, including impinging dorsal spinal processes (kissing spine) and wobbler syndrome
  • Reduced performance
  • Wounds, cuts and skin abrasions, including after surgery
  • Bruising
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Bone injuries including bone bruising and fractures
  • Joint diseases and conditions, including osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD), locking stifle and joint instabilities
  • Tendon and ligament injury, including traumatic injuries, desmitis and overuse injuries (stress)
  • Muscle injury and wastage
  • Bone, muscle and soft tissue birth defects, including flexural contractures and tendon laxities
  • Neurological diseases and conditions, including impinging dorsal spinal processes (kissing spine) and wobbler syndrome
  • Reduced performance

Please make sure your horse is clean and dry before their physiotherapy appointment

If you would like to discuss your horse’s condition and whether physiotherapy could be beneficial, please contact us today!

Request an appointment

R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy works under strict referral from your veterinary surgeon. This means that we must have permission from your veterinary surgeon before we can perform any physiotherapeutic treatments. 

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