Injury is an unfortunate element of the sport, despite your very best efforts to keep them fit and well your horse is likely to have periods of injury and ill health which will cause them to decondition and become imbalanced. Rehabilitation is a fundamental aspect of recovery for all horses and should almost always be implemented alongside veterinary intervention.

At Epona we work closely with each horses support team (including vets, farriers, trainers, etc.) to provide tailored assessments and treatment programmes for each animal and provide 1:1 support to help your horse achieve their rehabilitation potential.

During an initial assessment your physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history of your horse, the type of work they undertake and discuss your expectations from physiotherapy. The initial assessment will include some or all of the following:

  • Range of movement testing

  • Muscle tone and strength assessment

  • Gait assessment

  • Neurological testing

  • Ridden assessment

Physiotherapy treatment aims to promote normal movement patterns, reduce muscle imbalances and relieve pain. Treatments include:

  • Manual therapies - joint mobilisation, soft tissue release, trigger point release, reflex inhibition, myofascial release

  • Electrotherapies (laser, muscle stimulation, TENs)

  • Exercise prescription

  • Rider position correction and exercise prescription

Why does your horse need vet physio?

Physiotherapy is beneficial for all horses regardless of their level of work. Common indications for physiotherapy are:

  • Maintenance checks in any ridden horse

  • A reduction in performance: refusing fences, schooling difficulties

  • A change in behaviour: napping, bucking, cold-backed

  • Following a fall

  • Following an injury

  • Post-op rehabilitation

  • Conservative management of a chronic condition

Common injuries & conditions affecting horses

  • Kissing spines

  • Tendon and ligament injuries

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Sacro-illiac joint dysfunction

  • Joint swelling

  • Wounds

  • Lameness