From racehorses, to performance horses to pony club ponies your horse will be thoroughly assessed and treated appropriately. The equine assessment involves a full history as well as any relevant clinical information from your vet, a gait assessment where your horse will be observed at walk, trot, circling and possibly on the lunge or under saddle if appropriate.
Following the gait assessment, a full palpatory assessment is carried out from head to tail to ensure that a detailed clinical assessment. More specific testing including proprioceptive, neurological testing and spinal and limb range of motion completes the assessment process.
Treatment may involve any number of physiotherapy techniques and modalities – such as soft tissue mobilisation, joint mobilisation, stretching, reflex inhibition, reciprocal inhibition, pulsed electromagnetic therapy, laser, therapeutic ultrasound, acupressure. The physiotherapist will then make recommendations on after care and follow up and provide the owner or trainer with a specific home exercise program.