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What is equine physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a science based profession which takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health, wellbeing and lifestyle.


Physiotherapy can be beneficial for a wide range of horses from those that are field companions, to those that hack and those that compete at the top level of our sport.


The aim of equine physiotherapy is to identify and treat problems to enable the horse to participate to the best of their ability. Different techniques will help to reduce pain and improve function so you can work towards your goals.


Physiotherapy can be used as a preventative and maintenance measure, to ensure that they are not showing early signs of discomfort or potential problems that may result in them having time off later on. This will ensure your horse is achieving their optimum performance.

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What are the benefits of equine physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can help to:

  • Improve your horses performance

  • Reduce the risk of injuries

  • Decrease pain and discomfort

  • Enhance your horses mobility and suppleness

  • Assist with rehabilitation following injury or surgery

Does my horse need physiotherapy?

Horses in need of physiotherapy can show the following presentations:

  • Reluctance to work

  • Poor performance

  • Weakness and stiffness following surgery

  • Unwillingness and reluctance to being tacked up

  • Appearing ‘moody’ in the stable

  • Have a quieter demeaner

  • Changes in posture or behaviour

  • Flinching away from your touch or when grooming.


Common equine conditions treated by physiotherapy include:

  • Myopathies

  • Post competition injuries /soreness

  • Management of chronic conditions including arthritis and the secondary complications from these

  • Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries

  • Joint stiffness or lack of suppleness

  • Back neck or pelvic pain

  • Nerve problems.

Why choose a Chartered Physiotherapist?

For your horse to have the best treatment possible, always choose chartered. Although human physiotherapists are a protected title, as soon as you add the word ‘veterinary’ or ‘animal’ or ‘equine’ effectively anyone can treat the animals. By ensuring you choose a chartered physiotherapist, you are choosing the best for your horse.


Chartered Physiotherapists have completed a minimum of 5 years of university level study. Chartered physiotherapists have specialist knowledge in anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and pathology. The considerable experience gained in the human field develops refined clinical reasoning skills which are largely transferable to animal physiotherapy.


All chartered physiotherapists abide by the standards for fitness to practise set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Code of Professional Values and Behaviours set by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Professional Registrations

Jenny is fully insured, qualified and registered to the highest possible standard and to the highest governing bodies in the profession.

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