In order to function to the best of their ability horses needs to be in the best physical condition possible. A tailored programme of Osteopathy along with quality schooling, animal husbandry, tack that fits properly, stretching and exercise can help to achieve this.
As Osteopaths our starting point will always stick to the broader principles of Osteopathic treatment. This means looking at the horse as a whole rather than just a collection of symptoms, taking into account vascular health, nerve health, musculskeletal health and other contributing factors in our assessment and treatment plan. Our aim after a successful course of treatment is to help to sustain peak performance and health, enhance your capacity to feel and listen to your horse and reducing the occurrence of pain and injury.
Equine consultations will usually last 45 minutes and involve a full case history, active and passive assessment (occasionally ridden), Osteopathic treatment and a rehabilitation/exercise plan.
Tom has always had an affinity with animals and although his initial training was in the human field he finds the study of animal anatomy and physiology fascinating. Applying the principals of Osteopathy to horses is particularly effective and Tom loves seeing the appreciation of a job well done on the faces of both the horses and owners he treats.He loves the variety that equine work brings to practice life and in particular the challange that treating horses presents, putting together information from a full case history, his hands on work and watching the horse move. Tom treats top level human and equine athletes which gives him a unique understanding and ability to get his clients functioning to the best of their ability. Tom is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and therefore is insured and regulated.
Please contact us for information on pricing, we have a standard fee for assessment and treatment. Discounts are available for multiple bookings and a call-out fee may be charged depending on travelling distance. Where possible try and group yards in the same area together to minimise call out fees.
It is a legal requirement to gain consent from your Vet before any treatment can be conducted. This is easy to do and may either be by written consent or if at short notice verbally will suffice. Please print and complete the consent form below prior to your appointment.
Why your Horse may need to see an Equine Osteopath:
- Reduced performance
- Helping to improve mobility in competition horses
- Gait changes: Not tracking up, loss of collection, crossing canter lead, rushing up or down hill
- Reluctance to trot/canter
- Bucking between transitions
- Sensitivity to brushing
- Going cold backed
- Problems with head carriage or turning
- Back lameness
- Changes in behaviour: bucking, bolting, rearing
- Muscle spasm/imbalances
- Stiffness in older horses
- Aiding in injury rehabilitation for diagnosed conditions