All horses can benefit from physiotherapy, from happy hackers to top competition horses (as can their riders!). Sue’s specialism is in the links between physical findings, performance and behaviour, and she treats every horse as an individual. A detailed assessment, thorough treatment, and excellent communication between physio, owner, and other professionals involved in the horse-rider relationship is key to Sue’s success and popularity.
Physiotherapy is comprised of a collection of scientifically researched skills:
Sue uses a selection of these as appropriate to your horse’s circumstances. Her preference, in general, is for manual therapy, exercises (for example, massage, stretches, or in hand exercises), advice and education. The work you do with your horse following the treatment session helps consolidate the treatment, and to optimize your horse’s recovery, performance, and overall well-being. For some horses just one session will provide relief or flag up related issues that need to be addressed (for example, saddlery, dentistry or veterinary concerns). Others need more treatment to support ongoing issues or underlying weaknesses. All horses can benefit from regular treatment, and many of Sue’s clients schedule routine appointments throughout the year. This serves to maintain (or improve) performance, to reduce the risk of injury, and to give peace of mind for the client., as they will know that any problems that arise will be recognised and addressed at an early stage, before they become problematic or cause the horse any major discomfort