Equine Physiotherapy

The main goals of the equine physiotherapist are pain reduction, aid healing,  restoration of range of motion, restoration of strength and prevention of injury.

I believe that every horse is an athlete and that as a physiotherapist I am dedicated and passionate to maintaining your horses' physical fitness and keeping them on top form to meet their athletic potential, alongside your veterinary surgeon, farrier, dentist, saddle fitter, trainer and rider.  Together we can keep a horse performing at their optimum level. All horses benefit from regular physiotherapy treatments whichever discipline they do.

Your horse is a master at altering its movement when it feels uncomfortable either due to a sudden injury (acute) or a longstanding issue (chronic). As a results muscles can go into spasm and/or misalignment in the spine and pelvis can occur.

The equine physiotherapist must have an in depth knowledge of the physiology and bio-mechanics involved in locomotion. Prevention is better than cure; but in the event of injury, knowing the correct therapies available is a fundamental principle in rehabilitating the injured equine athlete. 

Common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy treatment include but are not limited to:

  • Muscular asymmetries

  • Muscle strains

  • ​Obesity

  • Back problems

  • Sacroilliac conditions

  • Kissing spines

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Bone spavin

  • Ringbone

  • Sidebone

  • Navicular

  • Check ligament sprains

  • Collateral ligament damage

  • Proximal suspensory desmitis

  • Superficial digital flexor tendon injury

  • Deep digital flexor tendon injury

  • Wounds that are unable to be sutured; are dirty or infected; or post-operative.

  • Reducing scar tissue

  • Splints

  • Fractures

  • Bucked shins

  • Haematomas

  • Bite or kick injuries

  • Mud fever

  • Laminitis

  • Exertional Rhabdomyolysis or "tying up"

  • Stifle injuries

  • Locking stifles

  • Tightness in the poll

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

  • Postnatal physiotherapy and massage

  • Nerve injuries

  • Behaviour changes

  • Rider related issues

  • Low grade lameness

*If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact myself to discuss how physiotherapy may benefit your horse or pony.​

Equine treatments are carried out at your yard, or equine hospital,or a suitable safe environment, after obtaining a veterinary referral, or permission from your veterinary surgeon.  This is in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, where no animal may be treated without veterinary consent.  

A comprehensive report recording the findings of the gait assessment, palpation and response to physiotherapy will be given to you, with a copy also sent to your veterinary surgeon or farrier. Some home exercises are prescribed which target specific muscles or problem areas in between your physiotherapy sessions to help in maintaining your horses mobility. These are given as an information pack specific to your horse and can be demonstrated during your physiotherapy appointment. 

Ellie Brassey FdSc, AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP

Mobile: 07468465580

Email: elliebvetphysio@gmail.com

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