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Osteopathy for horses

Is your horse not moving freely, has a reduced level of performance, or a problem with their gait? Does your horse buck, rear or refuse to take even low jumps? Can you observe a change in their behaviour, an objection to being saddled or girthed, an unabilty to relax or a hyper-sensitivity to brushing? These can all be indicators in horses that may suggest underlying musculoskeletal issues requiring osteopathic consultation. Ensuring that your horse is in the best possible condition is essential for their health, comfort, and ability to perform at their full potential.

How can osteopathy help your horse ?

Osteopathy can be highly beneficial for horses in various ways, addressing both preventive care and specific health concerns. Here's how osteopathy can help your horse:

  • Preventative Care and Overall Well-being: Osteopathy focuses on optimising the body's natural ability to heal and maintain balance. Regular osteopathic treatments can help prevent musculoskeletal imbalances, promote overall health, and support the horse's well-being.


  • Relieving musculoskeletal discomfort and pain: Osteopathy focuses on identifying and addressing musculoskeletal dysfunctions that may cause discomfort or pain in horses. By releasing tension, improving joint mobility, and restoring balance, osteopathic treatments can alleviate musculoskeletal issues.


  • Enhancing performance for athletic horses: By maintaining optimal musculoskeletal health and function, osteopathy plays a crucial role in preventing injuries and ensuring that your horse can continue to perform at its peak. This can lead to better agility, flexibility, and overall performance in various equestrian disciplines.


  • Injury management and post-operative rehabilitation: Osteopathic treatment can play a crucial role in managing injuries and supporting the rehabilitation process after surgery or traumatic injury. By promoting tissue healing, reducing scar tissue formation, and restoring normal function, osteopathic treatments can aid in the recovery process.


  • Correcting postural imbalances and gait problems: Osteopathic evaluation and treatment can identify and address postural imbalances, asymmetries, and gait abnormalities in horses. By correcting these issues, osteopathy can improve movement efficiency, balance, and coordination.

  • Assisting Horses with Orthopedic Problems: Osteopathy can be beneficial for horses with orthopedic issues such as tendon or ligament injuries, hoof imbalances, or joint degeneration. By addressing underlying biomechanical issues and supporting tissue healing, osteopathy can help manage symptoms and improve the horse's quality of life.


  • Breeding and postpartum care: Osteopathic care can support breeding horses throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery. It can help alleviate discomfort during pregnancy, prepare the mare for labor, and facilitate recovery and healing after foaling.


  • Managing age-related conditions: As horses age, they may experience various musculoskeletal issues, such as arthritis, stiffness, or reduced mobility. Osteopathic treatments can help manage these age-related conditions, promoting comfort, mobility, and quality of life for senior horses.

Image by Helena Lopes
Image by Helena Lopes

How many sessions will my horse need?

The number of osteopathic sessions your horse will need depends on various factors, including its specific condition, response to treatment, and overall health. A treatment plan will be tailored to your horse's individual needs and may involve multiple sessions spaced out over time.

  • A preventive approach to equine osteopathy is beneficial for maintaining the musculoskeletal health and overall well-being of your horse. Regular check-ups (at least 3 to 4 times a year) allows us to monitor your horse's condition and detect any early signs of musculoskeletal issues before they escalate into more significant problems or injuries. 


  • The severity and nature of the condition your horse is experiencing will play a significant role in determining the number of sessions needed. Some conditions may require more sessions for effective treatment.


  • Past injuries or medical history can also impact the number of sessions needed. Chronic issues may require more ongoing treatment compared to acute injuries.


  • The level of activity your horse engages in can affect its musculoskeletal health. Horses involved in high-impact activities such as racing or jumping may need more frequent sessions to maintain optimal health. Osteopathy in pre-competition period and post competition recovery helps your animal to optimise their performance, achieve better results, and to prevent injuries from occurring. 


  • Older horses may require more frequent sessions to manage age-related issues such as arthritis or stiffness.


We are happy to discuss the best management for your horse during the consultation. Your input and involvement are essential parts of the process, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

​What to except and how to care after the treatment?

Treatments start a healing response that triggers changes to occur within the horses body. Any onset of symptoms or an increase in pain is referred to as the “rebound effect” or “healing crisis”. This can often be quite a tiring experience and some horses can feel soreness for a day or so after an osteopathic treatment; it is often an indication of increased circulation and removal of toxins.


For this reason it is recommended that the horse should be rested after the treatment for 24-48 hours followed by a gradual return to normal activity. The results of a treatment are seen after a few days or weeks depending the body’s ability to adapt these changes.

We are here to support you every step of the way on your horse's healing journey. In addition to providing treatment, we will offer advice on various lifestyle factors that can contribute to your horse's overall well-being. This includes guidance on nutrition, stress management, and exercise routines tailored to meet the specific needs of your horse.

Book an appointment

Contact us, we will be happy to answer your questions and discuss the best care for your horse.

+61 (0) 423 719 018

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