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When is it Equine Sports Therapy needed?

Unlike the human athlete the horse cannot easily tell you of a minor strain or tension. It may at first present itself to you by a change in behaviour or performance. Often horses with behavioural problems are in pain and this is their way of communicating it too us. However at times a horse may be too well mannered to tell you! Massage could.

 

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Some examples where Equine Sports Therapy can be beneficial:

  • Sore back
  • Dipping, flinching, violent tail swishing when grooming the back
  • Stiff on one rein
  • Tail carried to one side
  • Poor or reduced performance
  • Unevenness of steps
  • Change of character/temperament
  • Suddenly refusing to jump
  • Behavioural - bucking, rearing, difficult to mount
  • Crookedness
  • Head shy
  • Disunited canter
  • Problems with incorrect canter lead
  • Uneven muscle tone
  • Arthritis
  • Azoturia/colic aftercare
  • Reluctance/difficulty maintaining an outline or engaging hindquarters
  • After a fall when other health causes have been ruled out by veterinary examination