“I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better. I think that's the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” Elon Musk
I feel so lucky to do a job that I love, and that I know makes a difference. Physiotherapy treatment consists of four main areas, manual therapy, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, and advice and education. Physiotherapists chose appropriate treatments based on a thorough assessment of the horse, and a detailed discussion with the owner. The current evidence base, both human and equine related, is considered. To qualify, I studied physiotherapy full-time for three years at Kings College London. I then worked in the NHS at Sandwell in the West Midlands, and studied further at the Royal Veterinary College in London to qualify as an ACPAT and RAMP Registered Chartered Physiotherapist.
My background in horses helps me to understand where people are coming from and what it is that they need from me. I’ve ridden since I was three years old, competed nationally with the Pony Club and the Riding Club, competed in British Eventing and British Show Jumping, worked in polo, racing, and dealing, bred foals, backed youngsters, and much more. I do my best to listen to my clients, and to respond with empathy.
It’s heartwarming to see how grateful the horses are for treatment. You can see the relaxation, and the changes in posture. You can feel the softening of the muscles, and the improved range and quality of movement.
Most of my clients have the mindset of preventing problems and maintaining comfort, rather than waiting until something breaks before they try to fix it. I am so grateful to have found a purpose in life that means so much to me. Thank you to all my clients for allowing me to work with your horses. I think perhaps that I get as much from them as they do from me!
© Sue Palmer, The Horse Physio, 2021
Treating your horse with care, connection, curiosity and compassion