Equine Treatments

What issues can commonly affect your horse and how can I help?

Horses can very often suffer from back pain, muscle, tendon, ligament/joint damage or lameness, here are some of the causes:

  • Being ridden on deep/unlevel arena surfaces
  • Jumping higher than their fitness level or ability
  • Being worked hard without a fittening programme
  • Hi-jinx in the field
  • Working on uneven ground, can lead to slipping or straining of tendons or ligaments
  • Carrying a rider, who may not always be entirely balanced
  • Bucking,rearing or napping
  • Ill-fitting saddlery
  • Over-exertion through performance particulary if combined with inadequate fitness
  • Joint problems/disease eg kissing spines, ring bone or bone spavin
  • Bad shoeing or poor hoof conformation/balance
  • Dentistry being neglected, uneven wear of teeth can impact on the entire musculoskeletal system
  • Tying a horse up can often cause neck injuries, especially if the head collar doesn’t break in a panicked situation.
Hamish & TT love playing in the field, guess who is the instigator?!

Such injuries/issues can display themselves as:   

  • Lameness
  • Neck/ Shoulder/Back pain or stiffness
  • Muscular or soft tissue pain/swelling
  • Saddle sores or a major reaction when the saddle is brought into the stable or placed on the horses back.
  • Bucking,rearing or napping
  • Inability to gain correct canter leads
  • Difficulty being loaded/unloaded
  • Struggling to lie down/roll/stand back up
  • Uneven stride length
  • Lack of forward going

 How can I help?

  • Lamenesses are best to be diagnosed by your vet, once the precise cause is known a more specific treatment plan can be divised.
  • Massage & stretching can help tight, spasmed, or damaged muscles.
  • Phototherapy can help wounds, muscle spasms and be used on accupressure points.
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound is useful for tendon or ligament damage where it aids healing by re-aligning collagen fibres and transforming collagen Type 3 (which forms at the repair stage) back to collagen Type 1.
  • Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (PMFT) can be used to promote vasodilation and relaxation of muscle fibres in muscles spasms; swellings, nerve damage & fracture repair.
  • Neuro Muscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is advantageous for areas of nerve damage and muscle hypotrophy (wastage). 
  • Prescribed exercise rehabilitation programme specific to your horse’s injuries, ability, fitness level & personality! 

Common saddle ‘hot spots’