Equine

Like people animals can get injuries and have sore areas and like people they can benefit from Physiotherapy What physio does; Reduces pain and enhances healing.

“Melissa Cook treated my horse in an insightful and quietly compassionate manner. It was fascinating to see her at work and to observe how well my horse responded. I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone seeking an equine physiotherapist of excellence.”

Matthew Chapman QC

Physiotherapy for Horses

As a horse rider myself, I regularly see horses used for many different disciplines. These range from; local shows, hunting, racing, riding school, dressage, show jumping to happy hackers and many more! It’s obvious that we all love our horse companion and will go out of our way to look after them and treat them like royalty. As much as we try to follow correct schooling, shoeing and provided as natural environment conditions as possible, horses were not originally designed to have our weight on their backs and jump high fences. So, as we try to protect them by the correct fitting saddle, using the latest equipment, protecting their legs-they are still going to injure themselves and suffer from compensatory problems. I will work with your Vet to give the best possible care to your horse. Physiotherapy does not only help to prevent these problems from developing, but also speed their natural recovery process and make them stronger to prevent re-injury. I’ve heard many stories of changes in behaviour, lack of performance or just ‘not right’ from horse owners/trainers. Speak to your Veterinary surgeon or get in touch with me.

What to expect

  • Full history and discussion on what diagnosis your vet has made.
  • Gait assessment and analysis if suitable

Assessment

  • Ridden assessment if suitable
  • Lunge assessment if suitable
  • Static observation

Common Conditions I can treat

  • Back pain
  • Kissing spine
  • Tendon injuries
  • Ligament injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Wounds
  • Sacroiliac disease

Treatment

  • Manual therapies as explained
  • Electrotherapies where suitable
  • Advice and environmental changes
  • Exercise prescription

If you would like to discuss a condition that has not been listed, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa for a consultation to see whether your pet would be appropriate for a physiotherapy assessment.

I use a range of specialised equipment designed for animal use.

I will work alongside your vet to give the best possible care to your horse. Any horse can benefit from physiotherapy any discipline-jumping, dressage, happy hacker, companion.


Contact your veterinary surgeon if you notice the following

General Stiffness
Muscle imbalances
Bucking
Rearing
Change in behaviour
Underperforming- stopping at jumps, knocking poles
Lack of suppleness
Reaction to doing up girth