Many owners choose to include physiotherapy in their horse’s ongoing routine, given the benefits in maintaining musculoskeletal health, performance, and the ongoing support from a physiotherapist to assess and provide specific exercises to target areas requiring improvement.

However, your horse may be referred for physiotherapy by your vet for rehabilitation of a specific injury, as conservative management for an ongoing musculoskeletal condition, or to improve your horse’s general way of going.

Physiotherapy can be beneficial for your horse for the following issues diagnosed by a vet:

  • Muscle weakness or injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Tendon and ligament injury
  • Acute and chronic wounds
  • Acute, chronic or referred pain
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Stiffness
  • Conservative management of ongoing musculoskeletal conditions
  • Post-surgery to aid healing, minimise scar tissue and restore function
  • Compensatory problems
  • Saddle-related issues
  • Flare ups of chronic joint problems (i.e. osteoarthritis)

Changes in your horse’s performance can indicate underlying pain, dysfunction or compensatory issues. If your horse is lame, contacting your vet MUST be a priority.  A physiotherapist may be able to help if you notice the following:

  • A drop in performance
  • Struggle picking up or maintaining a specific canter lead
  • Lack of suppleness or bend on one rein
  • Undertracking or asymmetry in hindlimb tracking
  • Difficulty maintaining a relaxed contact or outline
  • Lack of impulsion or willingness to go forward
  • Sudden refusal at fences
  • General stiffness
  • Riding on three tracks/quarters in
  • Head shyness, shaking or tilting
  • Tail held to one side
  • New behavioural issues or change in temperament
  • Toe dragging or tripping

If you think your horse could benefit from physiotherapy and you’d like to make an inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact Helena.

Helena Whiting Veterinary Physiotherapy

Get in Touch

Don’t hesitate to contact…

helenawhitingvetphysio @gmail.com

Join my mailing list…

Success! You're on the list.
%d bloggers like this: