“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
It can be a minefield trying to find the right help for you and your horse, and I’ve written this post in the hope of helping in some small way. Please share this information with anyone you feel would find it helpful.
I wish you the best of luck in putting together a team for your horse, a team which centres around you and your horse, with people who listen, and who share knowledge and information, both with you and with each other.
I regularly see posts on social media where people are asking for recommendations for someone to check their horse’s back, or for physio for their horse, or for help with loading or handling problems.
On The Horse Physio website, under ‘Resources’, you’ll find a (long) list of organisations that I think are recognised and helpful. The list includes recognised organisations for veterinarians, chartered physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, saddlers, dentists and farriers, and more, in relation to working with horses.
Please note that, while many of the organisations and websites listed are primarily relevant to the UK, similar bodies may be available in other countries.
Also on that page are listed the 27 guest contributors to my book ‘Understanding Horse Performance: Brain, Pain or Training?’, with links to their websites where possible.
In ‘Brain, Pain or Training?’, I promised two ‘bonus exercises’, and you can find those and more here.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with the relevant organisations, or feel free to drop me a message. Education is key to improving the safety and welfare of horses, and finding the right help is an essential part of the journey.
© Sue Palmer, The Horse Physio, 2021
Treating your horse with care, connection, curiosity and compassion