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
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)
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
Conservative management of a chronic condition
Common injuries & conditions affecting horses
Tendon and ligament injuries
Sacro-illiac joint dysfunction