Some of the signs that a horse or pony might display when needing a treatment are shown on the picture above. This list is not exhaustive and is different for every horse, if you would like to discuss your horse with me please do not hesitate to give me a call.
There are many causes of back pain and musculoskeletal problems in the horse, some of the most common causes are easily identifiable such as poorly fitting tack, or compensations for other injuries.
Other causes that are less obvious include consequences of trauma, for example injuries from accidents or falls, lameness or illness such as arthritis and joint problems, conformational compensations including poor foot balance and pregnancy.
Recent research has also identified rider imbalance, rider injuries and compensations and inappropriate exercise regimes as common causes for musculoskeletal problems.
Aftercare usually involves rest and/or limited exercise for a few days. The horse may require several treatments, depending on the nature of its injury, and it is recommended that animals receive regular check-ups to help maintain optimum performance and health as a preventative measure. Whenever possible I will try to work with the owner and instructor/trainer to ensure that a suitable rehabilitation and fitness plan are in place to ensure that you get the most out of your treatments.