What to Expect

Reason for call

There may be a specific loss of performance, or the horse may just feel tired. Whatever the reason you have felt it necessary to contact me.

First contact

When you first contact me I will ask a few questions to determine if I am the correct professional to help in the current situation. I will then ask for your vets name and contact number.

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I will ask for this because for my insurance purposes and in accordance with the law (Veterinary Act 1979) your vet needs to give me permission to work on your horse. This is to safe guard the welfare of the horse. For further information on the veterinary act click here.

Once I have spoken with the vet and obtained verbal or written permission to treat the horse an appointment will be arranged.

On Arrival

When I arrive I will ask for your horse's name, age, fitness level, what your current plans are, etc.

I will assess the horse on a flat surface inhand. I will ask for the horse to be trotted up. If there is a problem when ridden I will ask to see the horse under saddle.

I will then discuss with you where I believe the problem areas are, and explain which areas I will concentrate on.

If after assessing the horse there are clinical signs of lameness I will record my findings and refer you back to your vet.

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The Treatment

I will give the horse a full body massage concentrating on problem areas.

The horse should be in a secure stable with a tie ring.

I may ask to be left alone to work with the horse so that true relaxation can be achieved, however you may observe if you wish.

Once the massage is completed I will record my findings and explain any stretches or exercises that would be of benefit.

I will also write a report to your vet detailing the treatment performed.