Horses

Ross Farm ParkHorses are athletes, whether they are a happy hacker, or an eventer or a racehorse and as such they can need attention and care for their musculoskeletal systems, whether for a specific problem or a general check.

When a horse might benefit from physiotherapy assessment

  • Poor, inconsistent  or under performance
  • Stiffness on a particular rein
  • Saddle area/back soreness
  • Discomfort being tacked up or rugged up

Physiotherapy treatment is also relevant for:

Injury (acute and chronic)

  • Soft tissue injury
  • Wounds
  • Fractures
  • Orthapedic surgery

Chronic conditions

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Conformational abnormalities
  • Prolonged lameness issues

Physiotherapy can help reduce scar tissue, improve healing and reduce pain

The assessment will involve:

  • A full history
  • Gait and conformation assessment (this may involve lunging and/or ridden work)
  • A thorough palpation and range of movement assessment
  • Exercises to help improve muscle tone and strength
  • Massage to relieve muscle tension and spasm as well as stimulate muscles that may not be being used to maximum effect
  • Exercise prescription

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