What is Equine Physiotherapy?

Equine physiotherapy is a specialised field of veterinary medicine that focuses on the physical rehabilitation and well-being of horses. It involves the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions in horses, using a variety of techniques similar to those used in human physiotherapy.

Our methods:

  • Manual Therapies: These involve hands-on techniques such as massage, mobilisation, and manipulation of the muscles, joints, and soft tissues to improve movement and reduce pain.
  • Exercise Programs: Customised exercise plans are developed to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, enhance coordination, and support overall fitness. These exercises might include controlled walking, trotting, and specific movements that target areas needing rehabilitation.
  • Electrotherapy: Techniques such as ultrasound, laser therapy, and electrical stimulation help to reduce pain and inflammation and to stimulate the healing of tissues.
  • Thermal Therapy: Application of heat or cold to manage pain, reduce swelling, and accelerate recovery.
  • Hydrotherapy: Using water resistance, often in a specialised pool or treadmill, to help horses regain strength and mobility in a low-impact environment.

Equine physiotherapists work closely with veterinarians, trainers, and horse owners to create a comprehensive care plan that addresses each horse’s specific needs, whether they are recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or aiming to optimise their athletic performance. The goal of equine physiotherapy is to help horses move and function at their best, improve their quality of life, and prevent future injuries.

How we assess your horse:

As Equine Physiotherapists, we always seek approval from your veterinary surgeon before beginning any treatment. Our initial assessment and treatment session typically lasts around 1½ hours. During this comprehensive evaluation, our physiotherapist will:

  • Take a detailed history of your horse to understand past conditions and current concerns.
  • Observe your horse in various movements: standing square, moving in a straight line, on the lunge, executing tight turns, reining back, and, if necessary, while being ridden.
  • Conduct a thorough physical examination, palpating muscles and soft tissues, and assessing joint mobility
  • Develop a tailored treatment plan and discuss it with you to ensure you are fully informed and comfortable with our approach.
  • Administer the appropriate treatment based on the assessment findings.
  • Provide guidance on your horse’s post-treatment care, including any necessary work programmes, home exercises, and the scheduling of follow-up treatments if needed

How we can support your horse:

Our team is equipped to treat your horse for a variety of conditions, including:

Back, Neck, and Pelvis Issues:

These issues can arise from numerous causes such as trauma (e.g., falls, becoming cast), poor saddle fit, ageing, developmental stages of schooling, rider imbalance, or adaptive gait due to lameness. They might also stem from underlying pathologies like kissing spine or degenerative joint disease.

Soft Tissue Injuries:

We are here to assist if your horse has sustained injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles, including strains, sprains, desmitis, and tendonopathies.

Other Conditions:

We also address joint stiffness, nerve injuries, wounds and scar tissue, as well as splints and swellings.

Equine Physiotherapy Treatment Techniques:

We employ a range of physiotherapeutic techniques aimed at alleviating pain, enhancing movement, and restoring normal muscle function to improve your horse's performance and quality of life.

Manual Techniques:

We specialise in joint and soft tissue manual techniques used during both acute and chronic phases of injury. These techniques, which include massage, stretching, Maitland mobilisations, myofascial release, trigger point release, and reciprocal/reflex inhibition, are designed to reduce pain and expand your horse's range of movement.

Our approach is tailored to address the specific needs and conditions of your horse, ensuring optimal care and rehabilitation.

How to tell if your horse has a problem!

Equine physiotherapy offers valuable benefits to your horse, enhancing both performance and well-being. It's ideal not just for treating specific conditions, but also for maintaining optimal health and preventing future issues.

Issues to spot:

• Change in performance
• Change in behaviour
• Schooling or jumping issues
• Stiffness
• Cold backed
• Resistance
• Incorrect canter lead
• Hollowing
• Lack of engagement
• Lack of straightness
• Head tilting
• Bucking, rearing, napping
• Lameness
• Uneven shoe wear

What we treat...

Back, neck & pelvis problems
Soft tissue injuries
Joint stiffness
Nerve injuries
Wounds & scar tissue
Splints & swellings

Elevate your horse care.

We aim to cater for all levels of horse and rider in any equestrian discipline and all aspects of Horse Care/Management. With over 25 years of experience in horse care and riding our services include all types of livery from breaking, schooling and competition livery to Full and Part. We also cater for rehabilitation and foaling livery with experienced 24/7 care on hand.


Horses cared for

Our experience spans across performance horses, cherished family horses and seasoned competition veterans. We ensure that each receives personalised attention tailored to their specific needs.


Acres of land

We pride ourselves on our expansive 17+ acres of lush, fertile land Located in the scenic hills of Hebden Bridge, Halifax. Our location provides an ideal setting for horses to graze and roam freely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you can find our frequently asked questions.

What types of training and tuition do you provide?
What is included in your Competition Livery service?
Who takes care of veterinary needs at your facility?
What types of livery services do you offer?
Can I store my lorry or trailer at your facility?
Do you have facilities for different equestrian disciplines?
How do you handle foaling at your facility?
Do you offer farrier services?
Do you offer any short-term upgrades in livery options?
What additional services do you provide on-site?