Like people, horses suffer from back related pain and musculoskeletal dysfunction. Left untreated, subtle muscular restrictions can develop to be observed in the horses way of going, often leading to compensatory injuries and/or eventually lameness. Even if there are no noticeable issues with your horse, a regular wellness programme can optimisie comfort, health and performance. Whilst reducing the risk of injury/re-injury and possibly allow earlier detection of developing problems.
Horsepower offers gentle, non-invasive techniques to aid the restoration of muscular balance in the form of sports massage.
Remedial exercise programmes are designed to optimise your horse's recovery, performance and/or prevent
Methods of exercise (dependent on facilities available) can be therapeutically utilised such as; long-reining, lunging,
in-hand, ridden, pole work, lateral work, hill work and hydrotherapy. To include elements of; improving muscular strength. suppleness, proprioception, posture.
Individual requirements and abilities are always taken into account. Further support when carrying out remedial exercise may be provided on request.
Rehabilitation from injury or surgery will be coordinated with your veterinarian, to include open communication in the observations of clinical symptoms throughout a course of treatment. This is to ensure all modalities and treatment the horse receives is applied with maximum effectiveness.
Rehabilitation aims to restore a horse to its normal or near-normal functional capabilities after the occurrence of a disabling event.
Rehabilitation plans with short- and long-term goals can be formulated for horses recovering from injury, surgery or sickness. These plans are multi-factored and vary greatly on individual requirements and veterinary guidance.
Horsepower can offer assistance in follow up and remedial exercises, if required, to ensure your horse has the smoothest possible recovery and/or return to work.
There are many factors that contribute to the physiological demands placed on our horses, inclusive of but not limited to; age, breed, confirmation, previous injuries, management (hoof care, tack fit, housing), horse-saddle-rider interactions and training regime. All of these factors and more are carefully considered in each individual treatment regardless of your horses athletic capabilities.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE
Veterinarians are responsible for the diagnosis and prescription of treatment following clinical examination. Horsepower will not diagnose or make attempts to diagnose a horses condition. The treatments offered by Horsepower practitioners are not a substitute for veterinary care. Horsepower operates in accordance with The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. If the horse is lame/exhibiting significant gait abnormality (without prior acknowledgement from the veterinarian) the session will not go ahead and you will be charged a fee for travel expenses, you will be referred back to your veterinarian.