How can I tell if this work will help my horse?
The types of problems that respond best to bodywork are those
related to pain from muscles or skeletal imbalances. After
your vet does a lameness exam and doesn't find anything conclusive,
problems of intermittent lameness, deteriorating performance
times, changes in ability to perform patterns or jumps, inability
to collect, one sidedness i.e. difficulty taking particular
leads, poor behavior, missed transitions, both up and down,
dragging a limb, unusually head carriage or position, stiffness
and repeated neck stretching are some of the issues that bodywork
can help remedy.
Will this work hurt my horse?
Unlike some forms of chiropractic or drug therapy, this work
is non- invasive and non-traumatic. While there are some conditions
that may not respond as well as others, it doesn't make problems
Does this replace my Vet?
No. Your vet should be your first resource for resolving lameness
issues. Since many vets are focused on their area of expertise,
they may not be aware of the techniques or benefits of therapeutic
bodywork. Ideally, I work under a referral system with your
vet. Not all vets are willing to do that, but that is the
How long do treatments last?
It depends. Acute (recent) injuries that are caused by a definable,
physical mechanism of injury usually respond quickly, in one
session. Long term (chronic) problems or problems caused by
the stress of competition or poor handling sometimes take
What conditions can't this work help?
Therapeutic bodywork is unable to correct problems caused
by disease, bone fractures, torn ligaments or tendons, behavior
problems caused by poor handling or poor training. Even with
these problems, bodywork can make the horse more comfortable
and allow the horse to direct more energy to healing the actual
problem instead of overall pain management. It can also reduce
the strain and tension on injured systems or allow the horse
to be able to focus on what the trainer is asking.