Equine Osteopathy

Equine osteopathy is based on a system of healing by the manipulation of bones (especially the spine) and muscles.

Andrew Taylor Still MD developed the therapy in America in the late 1800’s. He developed the therapy to avoid unnecessary surgery often followed by the complications of infection. His therapy not only avoided surgery but also enhanced the body’s own defence and repair systems, encouraging the body to heal naturally.

Tissue that has a sufficient blood supply, nerve supply and lymphatic drainage will be healthy, without these essential elements, disease and poor health will ensue. The fundamental foundation of osteopathy is based on this principle.

Osteopathic Centre for Animals can put you in touch with a local animal osteopath. Phone 01235 768033

Training as an Equine Osteopath

The path to becoming an equine osteopath is quite a log one. The title Osteopath is one that is protected by law, meaning only those with the relevant qualifications from the General Osteopathic Council can use it.

First, you must become a human osteopath. Typically this required 4-year degree-level study, although there are other pathways for mature students.

Post graduate diploma courses in animal and equine osteopathy are open to qualified osteopaths wanting to develop their skills in animal osteopathy.

The Osteopathic Centre for Animals offers post-graduate training for osteopaths in animal osteopathy, from their clinic in Wantage. For more information  contact Stuart McGregor by phone on 01235768033 www.stuartmcgregor.com

Alternatively, one might consider McTimony.

Recommended Reading

Osteopathy and the Treatment of Horses By Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks.

The first book to be written on equine osteopathy, available from April 2009. This is a practical guide to the effective and safe use of osteopathy on horses. The book will be of interest to both student and practitioner of equine osteopathy.

Equine Osteopathy Sites

Cheryl Harris treats both riders and horses. After qualifying as an osteopath, Cheryl did post graduate training with Stuart McGregor at the Osteopathic Centre for Animals (OCA) and now covers the East Midlands.

Adam M. Tilstone of WeaverHouse is a fully qualified Osteopath registered with the General Osteopathic Council. During 1993 he took a post graduate course on Canine and Equine Osteopathy and has been treating animals since this time. The Weaver House practice is situated in Nantwich, Cheshire. www.weaverhouse.com

Tom McMullen has been an Osteopath & Physical Therapist for the past 20 years and practices from his own clinic based in his home town of Dunbar East Lothian.

Claire Short completed her 5 year training to become an osteopath in 2000 and has since specialised in treating animals. Claire treats in the South East, North London, and East Midlands. www.ashgrovehealth.co.uk

Michelle Henfrey trained at the Centre for Animal Osteopathy with Stuart McGregor, and gained a post graduate diploma in Animal Osteopathy. Warfield Osteopathy is conveniently situated in the North of Bracknell, Berkshire. www.warfieldosteopathy.co.uk

Emily O’Sullivan is an Animal Osteopath specialising in equines. After qualifying in 2005 as an osteopath she went on to complete and pass the Post Graduate Course in Animal Osteopathy, conducted at the Osteopathic Centre for Animals. Emily covers County Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire.

Claire Marshall started treating animals in 2003 after qualifying in McTimoney-Corley Spinal therapy. Claire then went on to study Osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University and gained her honours degree. The clinic is based in Duston, Northamptonshire and appointments can be made via the website. Phone: 07801 497595 www.anipulation.co.uk

Bryony Burn (BSc Zoo, BOst, PGDip. Animal Ost.) is a highly qualified human and equine osteopath with extensive experience working within the equestrian industry for over 15 years. She covers mainly the South East Counties and makes regular visits to clinics in Somerset, and surrounding areas. Tel: 07725404743

Registered members of the association of animal osteopaths can be found here.

Equine Touch

Equine touch therapy was developed by Jock and Ivana Ruddock as a safe, gentle, effective muscle release modality that encourages the relief of pain and tension in horses. Details can be found at www.theequinetouch.net

What Is Equine Touch?

This is a type of gentle massage that focuses on connectivity and the mobilisation of tissue. This massage is applied to particular part of the body, which might be acupuncture points, or areas of known trauma.

Therapist Sites

As a registered practitioner, Kate can perform soft tissue bodywork on your horse to assist in a range of conditions. Kate provides lessons in Essex on how to use this therapy on your horse. www.kateprowse.co.uk

Rebecca Dale offers the unique and beneficial combination of McTimoney Animal Manipulation and The Equine Touch throughout Cornwall & Devon. Rebecca specialises in horses and dogs. www.therapyforanimals.co.uk

Lesley Evans trained as a therapist. Lesley offers from her base in France several complementary therapies for horses. www.equiwork.com

Training As An Equine Touch Therapist

Courses in the UK are run throughout 2015 at various locations throughout the UK.

Horse Lovers – Level 1:This covers 3 days intensive hands-on training with certification on completion.

Horse Lovers – Level 2:This builds on the foundation course. The theoretical principles of Equine Touch are discussed.

Practitioner – Level 3:Training as a practitioner can be embarked on after successful completion of Level 1 & 2. Leading to a Practitioner Diploma.

For details of all the courses go to: www.uk.theequinetouch.com

Recommended Reading

To date there are no books written on this subject.

Article ~ What is Equine Touch by Lesley Evans. www.equinenaturalhealth.co.uk/TH1.htm

Natural Horsemanship

Natural Horsemanship - training
Natural Horsemanship - training

What Is Natural Horsemanship?

This is horsemanship, using the minimal equipment, based on building your relationship with your horse, to overcome behavioural and emotional problems. Tuning in to your horse’s emotional wavelength.

This, however, means different things to different people. A good place to start is by reading books by the incredibly gifted Mark Rashid.

Mark uses his observations of horses behaviour in the wild, together with an approach that is very much “from the horses’ point of view” to calm anxious animals and quickly create an amazing bond.

Therapist’s Sites

Chris Brisbane studied with renowned horse whisperers Pat Pirelli, John Lyons, Ray Hunt and Buck Branaman. Chris is able help you with your horse’s behavioural and emotional problems. Phone: 07790145796 or 07703462120 www.horsewhispering.co.uk

Visit the site for a list of accredited coaches and areas they cover. Some coaches will work outside their counties on a regular basis, or run clinics that you can travel to with your horse. www.mary-wanless.com

Caring Horsemanship is a family business run by Peter, Penny and Jo Hill, all of whom have a lifetime’s experience with horses; owning, competing, and breeding. Based at Okehampton, Devon. Phone: 01647231636 www.caringhorsemanship

Dorothy Marks is an Accredited Mary Wanless RWYM Coach. Dorothy has also trained in several other equine therapies and has a wealth of knowledge to share. www.the backlady.co.uk

Pipp Unwin has been involved with horses for over thirty years. Pipp has developed her own natural method of horse training, that comes from the desire to enable owners and riders to “become one”. Based in Wellington, Somerset. Mobile: 07854940682 www.pippsway.co.uk

Lisa Bruin has trained and spent time with Ray Hunt, Leslie Desmond, Phil Rodey, Philip Nye & Steve Halfpenny. Lisa offers all types of help from private lessons to multi day clinics from her base in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Phone: 01484603907 or Mobile: 07789990129 www.lisabruin.com

Sun Tui has trained with Sue Gardner and Mandy Clayton to hone her skills at Natural Horsemanship and equine behaviour. As director, senior facilitator and trainer at IFEAL, Sun Tui runs various natural horsemanship workshops throughout the year. Her herd lives as close as possible to the wild horse blueprint. Sun Tui is based in Hartfield on the borders of Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Phone: 01342 850330 or visit www.ifeal.me

Training in Natural Horsemanship:

Mary Wanless holds demonstrations around the UK of ‘The Ride With Your Mind’ approach to natural horsemanship during the summer months. Anna Gordon continues the program during the winter. www.mary-wanless.com

Chris Brisbane invites you and your horse to his Natural Horsemanship Clinics. Private clinics can also be arranged for 2 to 10 people and horses at your yard. www.horsewhispering.co.uk

Recommended Reading

Considering The Horse ~ By Mark Rashid

Ride with your mind ESSENTIALS ~ By Mary Wanless

Equine Hydrotherapy

equine hydrotherapy horse swimming

Equine hydrotherapy is used as a method of muscle building and also rehabilitation for horses.

In essence, hydrotherapy has the basic benefits of swimming for humans in that it is no / low impact, can be as gentle or rigorous as required. If the horse is actually swimming, then the body is supported by the waters natural buoyancy, which is a plus point in rehabilitation.

Modern hydrotherapy uses chilled saline water applied in water jets to the lower legs.

This strengthens the tissues, reduces inflammation, swelling and pain.

The most famous success story of equine hydrotherapy is Red Rum, winner of three Grand Nationals and many other prestigious races. 

He was trained on Southport beach utilising the benefits of salt-water surf, to strengthen the tissues whilst stimulating circulation.

Equine Hydrotherapy Methods

There are a number of variations of hydrotherapy for horses, some of which can be administered by the amateur-owner, and others which require specialist facilities.

Hosing LegsCold hose on legs to reduce swelling
SwimmingCan be used to build fitness and help recovery from injury. Natural resources such as the sea could be used, however clearly there is less control of the environment than a purpose build facility
SpaJaquzzi for horses ,using cold water to reduce inflamation
TreadmillAgain, a specialist facility to support recovery and muscle development

Equine hydrotherapy is often combined with tissue massage and laser / red light treatment.

Recommended Reading

Equine Injury, Therapy and Rehabilitation. ~ By Mary Bromiley. This book covers rehabilitation after injury, ultrasound, laser therapy, hot and cold water therapies. Highly recommended by our therapists

Naturopathy for Horses ~ By Gerd Emich. Out of print but 2nd hand copies are still available and well worth purchasing.

Equine Spa Manufacturers

CET Ltd one of the leading European manufacturer of high quality stainless steel Equine Spas. They maintain a list of equestrian centres throughout the UK using their equipment. www.cet-equine-spa.co.uk

The Panama Equine Spa is designed and built to meet the hydrotherapy needs of professional trainers and riders. They are supplied by Panama Spa, a list of equestrian centres using their equipment is available on their website. www.panamaspa.com

Hydrotherapy Treatment Sites

Shardeloes Farm is above Old Amersham Town set in outstanding natural beauty of the Chiltern Hills. www.shardeloesfarm.com

Bourton Hill Farm, Bourton on the Water, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. www.equinespa.com

Quob Stables offers equine therapeutic spa treatments, situated in Brook Road, Durley, Southampton. www.quobstables.com

Flawborough Equine is located in a tranquil rural setting in the heart of the Nottinghamshire countryside with easy access from all major road networks. www.flawborough.co.uk

Oaktree Stables Equine Hydrotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre is a small, friendly yard where the emphasis is on creating a happy, healthy environment for horses and their owners, situated in Buckinghamshire. www.oaktreestables.co.uk

Priory Farm Equine Spa & Rehab Centre is located on the borders of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire within easy reach of all major motorways (M4, M25 & M40) with good access for large lorries. www.horserehab.co.uk

Peasebrook Equine Clinic, located near the North Cotswold village of Broadway, is a purpose-built Veterinary Hospital set in 30 acres of mature pasture. www.peasebrookequineclinic.com

Horse Homeopathy

Homeopathy is a system of healing that was developed by Samuel Hahnemann in the late 1700’s.

Horse homeopathy was developed considerably later but, of course, based on the same principles

The principle behind equine homoeopathy is that of treating like symptoms with like remedy. Hahnemann believed that substances that cause the symptoms of a disease ina healthy person, can also cure the problem ina sick person.

The remedy if given undiluted in full strength would bring about those symptoms of ill health in a healthy animal/human. 

Homoeopathic remedies are heavily diluted many times in various strengths, only traces of the original mother tincture are left in the final dilution. These medicines are often called “vibrational medicines” for this reason.

British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons – www.bahvs.com

Does Horse Homeopathy Work?

Homeopathy can be a contentious subject for both the human and horse community. There are those that swear by its efficacy and others who dismiss it.

One of the problems for the pure scientific community is that, from our research, there are few descriptions of how it actually works.

However, the fact that we can’t explain it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

Nick Thompson is a veterinary consultancy based in Bath, North Somerset, offering homeopathy, acupuncture and nutritional advice for horses.

Nick presents a very interesting article on the British Homeopathic Association website on how homeopathy saved Jazz, a very sick horse.

We should also note the popularity of Bach remedies, which is a specific area of homeopathy.

Given the popularity and longevity of Rescue Remedy, it seems unrealistic that there is no benefit from homeopathic medicine.

Recommended Reading

The Treatment of Horses by Homeopathy~By George Macleod MRCVS, DVSM,VetFFHom

Homeopathy for Horses ~ By Tim Couzens MRCVS, VetFFHom

Equine Homeopathy Sites

Graham Goodrich MRCVS, veterinary surgeon uses acupuncture and homeopathy in his treatments. Graham takes referrals from other vets in the South East and is based at Morrisons Veterinary Clinic. www.morrisonsveterinaryclinic.co.uk

Chris Day MRCVS, an holistic vet practising alternative therapies including acupuncture and homeopathy, based in Oxfordshire. www.alternativevet.org

Rescue Remedy For Horses

rescue remedy for horses bottles

Background To Using Flower Essence

Dr Bach MD pioneered the use of flower essences in the 1930s as homeopathic type remedies to treat the emotions, which has ultimately led to the use of rescue remedy for horses.

Based at Mount Vernon, the home and workplace of Dr Edward Bach during the years when he completed research into his flower remedy system.

“When we have given the freedom to every creature, everything around us, then we are free ourselves ” – Dr Edward Bach, 1932

Horse are highly emotional, and programmed for “flight”, making natural calming therapies and ideal combination for managing your horses physical and mental well-being

Recuse Remedy For Horses

Rescue remedy is the most famous of all of Bach’s remedies, and is actually a trademarked product, but is commonly used to describe a specific combination of Bach flowers.

You may sometimes see this called “five flowers” remedy. It is often the same thing – A bit like buying Neurofen or generic Ibuprofen.

Like other Bach flower remedies, it is a tincture of five of the Bach flowers, combining Rock Rose, Impatients, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem and Cherry Plum which is designed to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety. A rescue remedy for horses and riders!

The original Bach Rescue Remedy

20ml with a dropper to make addition to water easy

Be careful that there are also sprays which are less convenient

How Much Rescue Remedy Can I Give My Horse

The Bach website advises 10 drops of rescue remedy for horses, and larger animals, into a water container.

Whilst this advice appears a bit vague, there is little overdose risk.

Flower Remedy For Horses

There are 38 different flower essences that Bach discovered could offer homeopathic support to overall wellbeing.

There are some good books available… together with boxed sets of the full range of Bach flowers.

This book discussed the effectiveness of Bach flower remedies, together with practical guidance and case studies

This book gives an insight into the emotional side of the horse, which is the basis for Bach therapies

… which combined with a full set of Bach flower tinctures gives an excellent start to using this interesting and gentle technique.

Rescue remedy for horses can be an integral part of managing behavioural problems, once the absence of pain is established.

Therapist’s Sites

Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioners (BFRAPs) are specially trained to look at the behaviour of animals and use this to identify how animals feel, so as to make accurate remedy choices. www.bachcentre.com/centre/bfrani.htm

Sarah Dakin is an Advanced Flower Essence Practitioner and therefore not only uses Bach flower essences but is proficient in the use of essences from all over the world such as Alaskan and Californian Essences. Sarah also is also qualified as a practitioner in Reiki and Shiatsu. To read more about Sarah go to: www.horse-harmony.co.uk

Pat Ki has been riding since 1949, teaching since 1959 and practising complementary therapies professionally since 1991 . Pat teaches aromatherapy, equine massage and bach flower essences. To contact Pat go to: www.patkitherapy.co.uk

Roxanne Brown became interested in healing after breaking her back in 2008. After this life-changing event Roxanne studied Bach Flower remedies & Reiki. She is based on the West/East Sussex border and has weekly visits to Kent, Hants and Surrey. Phone: 07961708319 www.holisticconsultant.co.uk


Bach Remedies Home Study for Owners

Bach Remedies for You and Your Horse Home Study Course 10 lessons, 2 books, 40 illustrations £195.

Topics covered: Dr. Bach- his life and discoveries; Nosodes; PNI; Dosage; Treating acute and chronic conditions; Rescue Remedy/Rescue Remedy Cream; A detailed profile of each remedy; Examples of relevant human and animal conditions; Case histories.

You work through each of 10 lessons with two reference books and some additional material. Pat Ki supplies the books and plant pictures which you keep. You receive a certificate on completion. (Books and pictures are worth £40.00+).

Go to: www.patkitherapy.co.uk for an application form to book the course

Recommended Reading

Bach Flower Remedies for Horses & Riders – By Martin J. Scott

Emotional Healing for Horses & Ponies (using Bach remedies) – By Stefan Ball

Equine Chiropractor

Equine chiropractor image
Equine chiropractor image

What Does An Equine Chiropractor Do?

An equine chiropractor will focus on manipulation of the spine.

This will involve small but high-speed impacts which will stimulate the joints and reflex actions, to deal with any neurological dysfunction of the spinal cord

Manipulation will also address the spinal nerve roots caused by partial dislocation (subluxations) of the vertebral column.

What Is A McTimoney Horse Chiropractor?

McTimoney physical therapy is for the treatment of back pain, arthritis, musculoskeletal injury, gait abnormalities, loss of performance and changes in performance.

This approach was originally developed by John McTimoney, hence the name

Their approach is similar to that of a “normal” equine chiropractor, however, the manipulation used is very gentle, and does not rely on the “impact” approach described above. There is less robust contact between horse and therapist.

The McTimoney Chiropractic Association offices are in Wallingford, South Oxfordshire. Contact by phone: 01491 829211, or go to www.mctimoney-chiropractic.org

Difference Between Horse Chiropractor and McTimoney Chiropractor

Horse ChiropractorMcTimoney Chiropractor
Strong physical contact with the patientGentle manipulation
Wider techniques practisedLimited to McTimoney technique
Theory studied similarTheory studied similar
Required vet permission to treatRequired vet permission to treat


Chiropractors are allowed to treat horses once they have been seen by a vet, who is the primary carer. the British Veterinary Chiropractic Association only grants membership to qualified vets.

A practitioner can only call themselves “Chiropractor” if they are a member of the General Chiropractic Council (GCC)

This involves first studying as a human chiropractor and then specialising in animals, specifically horses in this case.

The GCC recognises The McTimoney Chiropractic Association (MCA), which is the regulatory body in the UK that awards a post-grad diploma in animal manipulation.

How Do You Become A McTimoney Chiropractor?

The MCA offers two routes to become a McTimoney chiropractor:

  • Four year study package for those beginning their studies direct from A levels
  • Five year study package which is more flexible for adult learners

For prospectus requests and course-based enquiries, please contact the College’s Course Office & Registry via email: courseoffice@mctimoney-college.ac.uk.

The McTimoney Trust offers courses which can be found here: mctimoneytrust.org

Recommended Reading

As always, it is worth reading around the subject before committing to expensive courses

It is also worth looking at other manipulation and massage style techniques, such as Acupressure, Bowen Therapy and Equine Body Work.

Practitioner Sites

Below are some sites for equine chiropractors:

Anna Hindley will treat your horse or dog in the convenience of their home. Please contact her direct for an appointment in the Staffordshire area. Phone: 07811133170 www.equilibriumchiropractic.co.uk

As a fully qualified McTimoney Chiropractor, nearly all of Gill’s patients are either horses or dogs. Her work covers most of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. To make an appointment phone: 01737 646151  www.gillmaybury.co.uk

Based in County Down, N.Ireland, the Centre of Equine Therapy offers Chiropractic advice Phone: 2892690056  www.equinenaturaltherapy.co.uk

Chris Day, holistic vet offers chiropractic manipulations for animals, at the Alternative Veterinary Medicine Centre, Oxfordshire. Phone: 01367 710324 www.alternativevet.org

Martine Stiles works from her clinic in Newbury, Berkshire but will travel. Martine offers McTimoney for humans, horses and dogs. Phone: 07810433701 For more information visit: www.backinline.co.uk

Liz Harris based in Richmond, travels throughout North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northern England, Liz specialises in a variety of animal therapies – including McTimoney Therapy. Phone: 07707653950  www.lizharris.co.uk

Emma Roberts has over 17 years experience treating both humans and animals. Emma is a registered McTimoney chiropractor, a trained Equine Bowen Therapist and Equine Craniosacral Therapist. Based in Berkshire but will travel throughout the UK, from the Isles of Scotland to the Channel Isles. Phone: 07770933086 www.equinefysio.co.uk

Serena Bower after gaining a MSC degree from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, offers McTimoney spinal therapy and massage treatment for large and small animals within Dorset and the surrounding counties. www.mctimoneyforanimals.co.uk

Equine Bowen Therapy

Equine Bowen Therapy
Equine Bowen Therapy

What Is Equine Bowen Therapy?

Thomas Bowen developed this technique in the earlier half of the twentieth century.

Beth Darrall developed Equine Bowen Therapy for horses.

The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-intrusive hands-on therapy that stimulates the body’s inner ability to heal itself.

It uses a gentle rolling thumb and finger movement, in a particular order, to enable “connection” between various nervous pathways throughout the body which encourages the bodies natural ability to heal itself.

This re-organisation of the musculature of the body (working on soft tissue) can bring increased energy levels and pain relief.

It is also worth looking at other massage and manipulation techniques such as TTouch, equine sports massage and equine body work.

Recommended Reading

Before signing up to an expensive course, it is worth reading some background information on the technique

The Bowen Technique for Horses – By Charlotte Maguire cert ECBS, RFCES.

The first book to be written on Equine Bowen Therapy.

Equine Bowen Therapy Practitioners

Lovedayjames is the company name of Ken and Stella James. They specialize in synergistic change technology that incorporates holistic health, therapy and healing for people and horses. They are based in Norton St Philip, Somerset and travel throughout the UK giving seminars and workshops. www.lovedayjames.co.uk

At Rose Farm Equine they specialise in Equine Bowen Technique, Healing Laser Therapy and Equine Rehabilitation. Situated at Rose Farm, Catcott near Bridgwater, Somerset. www.rosefarmequine.co.uk

Teresa Iommi is a qualified Human and Equine Bowen therapist, treating horses In Herts, Beds, Bucks, Essex, Northants, Oxon, Middlesex, Surrey, Sussex, Berks, Home Counties and Ireland. www.bowenforhorses.co.uk

Equine Bowen therapist, Andrea Planchant covers the South Wales, Monmouthshire and Forest of Dean areas.www.welshbowentherapy.co.uk

Krystna Monks welcomes you to the home of all things Bowen for humans and horses based in Leatherhead, Surrey. www.bowentherapies.co.uk

Helen Thornton trained in several therapies including sports massage, Bowen therapy, cold laser therapy and manipulation. Helen is based in North Lincs, covering all UK racing yards and competition horses. Phone: 07947623923 or visit www.helenthornton.com

Pennie Clayton offers Bowen Therapy treatment for both horses and dogs. Pennie is also a British Horse Society registered trainer working freelance and specialising in dressage, covering South East London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. www.horseandhoundschool.co.uk

Sheila Bryant is an experienced Human and Equine Bowen therapist. She has a busy practice, treating at her home based clinic in Gloucestershire. Sheila is prepared to travel to treat horses, their riders, grooms and owners. www.healthwithbowen.co.uk

Karen Eastham practises as an Equine Muscle Release Therapist & Natural Horse Handler /Behaviourist. Karen uses draws on her expertise in healing when working with the World Horse Welfare Trust in Blackpool on a regular basis. Phone: 0781 1254175 www.connectionthroughhorses.co.uk

Training as a Therapist

The European School of Equine Bowen Therapy.

The school is run by Beth Darrell and offers courses whilst maintaining a register of equine bowen practitioners www.equinebowentherapy.com

Rose Farm College of Equine Studies offers a complete Equine Bowen Therapy course with qualified Equine Bowen therapist Lottery Merry. For more information: www.rosefarmequine.co.uk

Equine Acupuncture

equine acupuncture needles

Acupuncture For Horses

Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. 

This technique is used in veterinary practice to treat functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, non-infectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain.

Although acupuncture dates back to the years 2000BC to 3000BC in China, the major emergence of veterinary acupuncture onto the medical scene did not happen until the early 1970s. 

Veterinary acupuncture was introduced into the United States in 1971 by members of the National Acupuncture Association’s research team: Dr. Gene Bruno and Dr. John Ottaviano. They treated thousands of small animals and several hundred horses before founding the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists
For more information go to www.abva.co.uk

Given that acupuncture is not accessible by law to the lay practitioner, we recommend looking at acupressure which employs similar techniques and concepts

Recommended Reading: Equine Acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture by Alan Schoen

Covers the concepts of acupuncture and anatomic and neurophysiological and then discusses practical application such as techniques, instrumentation and point selection.

Explains differences between traditional Chinese medicine concepts and that of western orthodox medicine.

Interesting Acupuncture Therapy Sites

www.alternativevet.org The site of Chris Day MRCVS, holistic vet practising alternative therapies including acupuncture and homeopathy, based in Oxfordshire

www.equinenaturaltherapy.com Provides an interesting article on acupuncture and how it works. A therapy centre for lameness in horses based in County Down, Northern Ireland

www.holisticvet.co.uk Holisticvet is a veterinary consultancy based in Bath, North Somerset, offering homeopathy, acupuncture and nutritional advice for horses

www.equineacupuncture.co.uk Sue Devereux MRCVS, a veterinary surgeon who lives and works in the Salisbury area, where she accepts referrals for acupuncture.

www.donnablinman.co.uk Donna offers equine acupuncture to horse owners, para-professionals and vets, with a specialist service for horses suffering from back pain and underperformance.

Training in Veterinary Acupuncture

In the Uk, only qualified veterinary surgeons are able to practice equine acupuncture.

This is open only to qualified veterinary surgeons. In the UK, courses are run by the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists. www.abva.co.uk

In the United States courses are run by International Veterinary Acupuncture Society www.ivas.org

Equine Sports Massage

Equine Sport Massage Manipulation Pic
Equine Sport Massage Manipulation Pic

Equine sports massage uses various palpation and massage techniques to increase the circulation, relieve muscle spasm and tension, whilst enhancing muscle tone.

Similar to human sports massage, it is more vigorous than some of the other massage and manipulation techniques such as TTouch.

The Equine Sports Massage Association  ESMA is the product of Mary Bromiley and her foresight to see the many benefits of massage. Students of Mary Bromiley (a practising chartered physiotherapist for over 35 years) formed the ESMA. 

ESMA believe that all horses can benefit from Equine Sports massage, both as a means to correct known issues and as a preventative measure, promoting overall wellbeing.

Mary was the official physiotherapist for both horse and rider at the Olympics and World Championships for the New Zealand Three Day Event Team.

Practising members have all passed the ITEC Diploma.

Mary Bromiley can be contacted at: www.downshouseequine.co.uk

Equine Sports Massage Therapists Sites

Gillyan Carter is both an equine and human sports massage therapist covering the East Midlands. Equi-Therapy also operates a mobile unit for horse events, providing on site treatments for both human & equines alike. Treatments will include sports & remedial massage, therapeutic ultrasound, deep oscillation & ice/heat therapies. Read more… www.equi-therapy.co.uk

Alongside her practice in Equine Sports Massage, Lyn teaches Equine Sports Science as a University lecturer. Lyn is based in Calverton, Nottinghamshire and is willing to travel. Read more… www.lynhopegood.com

Sue Simmons is a therapist based in Woking, Surrey. Sue is prepared to travel to clients in South East England. 

Helen Thornton trained with Mary Bromiley. The techniques used include sports massage, Bowen therapy, cold laser therapy and manipulation depending on your horse’s problem. Helen is based in North Lincs, covering all UK racing yards and competition horses. Phone: 07947623923 or visit www.helenthornton.com

Beccy Broughton is well known in the world of endurance and competitive riding. Beccy works as a therapist, in and around the Nottinghamshire area. www.beccybroughton-equine.co.uk

Hannah Booker is fully qualified, insured and a member of both ESMA  and CTHA. Hannah has considerable experience with all types of horses from all disciplines, from dressage, eventing, national hunt racehorses, point-to-pointers and rehabilitation. She will travel to Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire areas. www.equinesportsmassagetherapist.co.uk

Mel Betts has a Diploma in Equine Sports Massage and is also a qualified ITEC Holistic Human Massage Therapist. Mel has a masters degree in McTimoney Animal Therapy and treats horses and dogs. Based in Hereford, Mel travels throughout the UK. For more information go to: www.horse-massage.com

Training as a Therapist

For information on training as a therapist please send a stamped addressed envelope to:Mary Bromiley, Combleigh Farm, Wheddon Cross, Minehead, Somerset. TA24 7AT.&

Recommended Reading

Massage Techniques for Horse and Rider ~ By Mary Bromiley MCSP SRP RPT