Physiotherapy can be beneficial for horses with a variety of problems or just for maintainance. It can help minimise pain, increase movement and build muscle and strength appropriately for your horse. It can be useful in all disciplines (showjumping/dressage/eventing/polocross & polo/driving/racing/hunting) to help improve/maintain performance, prevent and treat injuries. It is also useful for those horses who enjoy hacking and schooling occasionally to help maintain a healthy muscle balance to improve saddle fit, prevent injury and chronic movement patterns developing.

 The main conditions and problems treated are:

  • Soft tissue injuries (tendon/muscle/ligament)
  • Back problems (management of chronic/acute)
  • Joint Problems (arthritis/spavins)
  • Compensatory problems due to lameness
  • Reduced performance (analysis of why performance limited)
  • Uneven wearing of shoes/hooves (Poor foot balance)
  • Neurological conditions
  • Behavioural Changes (biting/bucking/rearing/tacking up issues/girth issues)
  • Rider related problems (rider analysis to observre where the problem is originating)

  Treatment modalities include:

  • Manual Techniques; massage, myofascial release, reciprical and reflex inhibition, ischemic pressure, mobilisations, manipulations, stretches and taping.
  • Exercise Rehabilitation; Specific home exercises programs including; stretches, strengthening exercises and proprioceptive exercises, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation techniques (PNF). 
  • Electrotherapy; Ultrasound and Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy (Biomag), Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).

 What to expect on an appointment?

  • A detailed history of your animal and the problem you have asked me to assess.
  • An observation of overall conformation and posture of your horse.
  • A gait assessment of your horse in straight lines and on the lunge/ridden if required.
  • General palpation to locate any muscular/joint issues.
  • Treatment of the problems identified.
  • Specific rehabilitation advice following treatment to assist maintainance.
  • A follow up appointment will be made if it is felt necessary.



Veterinary referral is needed prior to your animals initial assessment.

Please download this form and give it to your vet to complete.

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             Paula Drury Veterinary Physiotherapy

9 Roedeer Cottages, Raskelf, York, YO61 3UY

Tel/Fax: 01347 238379    Mob: 07944 338138    Email: pdvetphysio@hotmail.co.uk