In order to comply with the Veterinary Act 1966 your Veterinary Surgeon needs to give consent for your animal to receive Physiotherapy. You can either print off a consent form and ask your Vet to fill it in, or contact me prior to your assessment with your Vets details and I will contact them myself.
Horses will typically be assessed at their own yard where a hard surface for trot ups and a stable for weather protection are preferred. The initial assessment usually lasts between 1 - 1.5 hours.
I will need to ask a few questions in order to find out what your horses’ history is and what the current problem is.
You will be asked to walk and trot your horse up on a hard surface, and if possible on a soft surface.
The assessment may also include small circles, lunging, and backing up.
You will be asked to hold your horse whilst I assess the range of movement and control of the neck, spine, and limbs.
Finally I will have a feel of your horses’ body to search for areas of muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.
At the end of my assessment I will explain to you what I have found and start a suitable course of treatment. This may include one or more treatment techniques, and you may be asked to take part in a home exercise program!
Depending on the problems found, one or more follow up appointments are usually recommended to administer further treatment or progression of exercises. This will be discussed with you at the end of the initial assessment and a suitable plan agreed.