Equine Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”. It is a practical everyday hands on therapy based on the same principles as acupuncture and acupressure. Equine Shiatsu uses a pressure that gently stimulates the body’s natural healing ability.

To find a shiatsu therapist in your area go to: www.equineshiatsu.org

Qualified Equine Shiatsu Therapists & Associated Schools

Liz Eddy trained with the late Pamela Hannay, senior instructor at the Ohashi Institute in New York and pioneer of equine shiatsu. Liz established The Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses in 2001. For more information phone: 07717174444 www.horses-shiatsu.com

Hands on Horses maintain a directory of qualified therapists in the UK. www.hands-on-horses.co.uk

Sue Hix is a founder member of the Equine Shiatsu Association. Sue can be contacted at The Rosewell Shiatsu Centre for appointments and treatments. Shiatsu classes are also run from the centre. Phone: 01780410072 

Gaynor Ranshaw a member of the Equine Shiatsu Association offers Shiatsu treatments at her own stables on the Solway Coast or can travel to the horse’s own yard. She works throughout Dumfries & Galloway, Cumbria, Northumberland & Southern Scotland. Phone: 01387 880372 www.equestrianshiatsu.co.uk

The Scottish School of Shiatsu based in Ayrshire offers clinical appointments. These appointments are conducted by senior students and overseen by a senior shiatsu teacher. There is a nominal charge of £10. Phone: 01505682889 www.glasgowshiatsu.co.uk

The school is based in Sussex and can put you in touch with a qualified therapist. Phone: 01903814860 www.schoolofequineshiatsu.com

Training as a Therapist

The Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses

Liz Eddy presents basic introductory shiatsu over weekends, progressing through the various stages to practitioner level.

For more information go to: www.horses-shiatsu.com

Phase-1: ‘Making Contact’ made up of 2 courses over 10 months.

Phase-2: ‘Developing Feel ‘made up of 20 study days in 2-day & 3-day blocks.

Phase-3: ‘Finishing Touches’ made up of 20 study days in 2-day & 3-day blocks.

For more information on these courses go to: www.hands-on-horses.co.uk

The School of Equine Shiatsu

Foundation Course: 3 day course in Spring each year, usually a Friday through to Sunday.

2 year Diploma Course: Starts in September each year, followed by monthly attendance until June the following year. Jill Blake’s workbook – “Equine Shiatsu – the journey starts here” – forms the basis of the course and students will receive a free copy of this on commencement of the course as well as a year’s student membership of the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA).

For more information on these courses go to: schoolofequineshiatsu.com

Recommended Reading

Shiatsu Therapy for Horses ~ By Pamela Hannay

Fourteen Classical Meridians for Equine Energy Work ~ By Sue Hix

Shiatsu for Your Horse: Enhance Your Horse’s Wellbeing ~ By Cathy Tindall

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

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

The Equine Dentist

Equine Dentist
Equine Dentist

The role of the equine dentist / dental technician developed in America.

Ensuring a horse’s teeth are sound is essential for both a happy horse and rider.

Given that the mouth, via the bit and bridle, in one of the main was we communicate with our horses, it is only common sense to ensure that there are no issues here.

This is also a key area to check, to ensure your horse is not in pain should you be experiencing issues with behaviour.

Training As An Equine Dentist

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is a body for qualified vets who have a specialist interest in horses.

BEVA also set out their expected relationship between qualified vets and dental technicians. You can see more here.

In recent years, DEFRA introduced the approved British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) equine dentistry exam (Level 2) to become qualified as an equine dentist in the UK.

BEVA sets the examinations for Dental Technicians and recognises BAEDT.

A full list of dentists who have passed the exam and joined the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians is listed at www.baedt.com

This qualification can be gained working alongside an experienced practitioner and later sitting the recognised BEVA/BVDA level 2 exam.

Recommended Reading

If you are interested in becoming an equine dentist, you can get a good idea if you would like to pursue this by looking at the site links above and, of course, by reading a quality publication.

Below are recommended books


Surprisingly, there is little regulation at the moment for performing very basic tooth procedures.

There are 3 key areas or categories:

Category 1:
No Regulation
Category 1 procedures are very basic procedures that, in theory, anyone can perform.

People offering these services are sometimes known as ” Raspers”.

Category 1 procedures include basic examination, calculus removal and limited shaping on defined teeth and to a limited depth, using manual tools
Category 2:
Dental Technicians Only
Only qualified Equine Dental technicians are legally allowed to perform category 2 procedures.

These procedures include all items in category 1, defined extractions and the use of motorised tools.

Qualified Vet Only
Not really a formal category, as defined by BEVA, but this relates to medical procedures only qualified veterinary surgeons are legally allowed to perform

Further definition of prescribed procedures can be found here

If you are looking for a dentist, then membership of BAEDT is a good place to start, together with a good local reputation.

We believe that, as well as technical competence, a very calm demeanour, is essential for this type for work which can be stressful for horses.

Equine Dentists & Dentistry Sites

Richard Halls has over fifty years horse experience. He trained for dentistry under the instruction of Dr Ray Hyde at the American School of Equine Dentistry in Maryland in the United States. In 2001, he passed the BEVA / BVDA dentistry examination with distinction. The examiners were Prof Paddy Dixon, Dr Jack Easley and Prof Leon Scrutchfield the worlds leading experts in equine dentistry. Founder member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians. For more information go to: www.horsedentistry.co.uk

Victoria Hammond trained in Idaho at the Academy of Equine Dentistry. Victoria is also fully UK BEVA/BVDA (British Equine Veterinary Association/British Veterinary Dental Association) qualified and a member of the BAEDT (British Association of Equine Dental Technicians). Based near Chard in Somerset she covers a 30-40 mile radius of that area (Somerset, East Devon, Dorset). Victoria travels once or twice a month to the following areas: Hampshire/Surrey/Berkshire/Wiltshire/Gloucestershire/Avon. www.equinedental.co.uk

Equine Dental Services have four equine dental technicians who have all passed the rigorous BEVA examination and have many years of experience in the field. Based in Somerset, Equine Dental Services cater for a wide range of clients and horses for all disciplines. For more information: www.equinedentalservices.org

Mary Kate Humphreys Equine Dentistry Services for Horse Owners in Leicestershire, Derbyshire & The Midlands. Visit the website: www.equinedentistderbyshire.co.uk

Cranial Sacral Therapy For Horses


What Is Equine Cranial Sacral Therapy?

Craniosacral History

Cranial sacral therapy for horses originated with osteopath William Sutherland.

Dr John Upledger (one of his followers) further developed cranial osteopathy into CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for humans between the years 1975 to 1983.

Maureen Rogers after studying with Hugh Milne, at the Milne Institute for Human Craniosacral therapy, qualified as a human craniosacral therapist.

Maureen then developed equine craniosacral therapy for horses. Maureen’s Equine CranioSacral workshops are taught worldwide.

What Is CST?

CST is a technique for finding and correcting cerebral and spinal imbalances or blockages that may cause sensory, motor or intellectual dysfunction.

Practitioners are taught that there is a pulse or wave that flows, similar to a heartbeat or the rhythm of breathing.

It uses gentle touch to massage, or palpate the cranial area of the skull, specifically across the synarthrodial joint.

This restore balance realigns the structure of the skeleton and promotes relaxation, with all of its inherent benefits.

It is said to work for both physical and emotional horse issues.

Equine CranioSacral (ECS) Practitioners maintains a list of qualified practitioners both in the UK and worldwide.

Does Cranial Sacral Therapy For Horses Work?

We recommend reading about this subject and forming your own views, given that there is some challenge regarding the efficacy of cranial-sacral therapy for horses.

Also, in light of the above, it is worth investigating other manipulation based therapies such as sports massage, equine bodyworkers and Bowen therapy

Equine Craniosacral Therapist Sites

Cranial Sacral Therapy For horses Site


The following sites for humans may be of interest

CranioSacral Therapy Association UK: www.craniosacral.co.uk

Milne Institute: www.milneinstitute.com

The Upledger Institute UK: www.upledger.co.uk

Krystyna Monks studied with Maureen Rogers to become a fully qualified Equine Craniosacral practitioner. Krystyna covers Surrey and the Home counties.www.equine-cranio-sacral.co.uk

Di Letts is a member of CSTA [Craniosacral Therapy Association UK]. Di does home visits throughout Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. She also works in Edinburgh at the Yoga Stable.www.di-letts.co.uk

Lesley Evans a fully qualified Equine-Cranio-Sacral practitioner based in Uffington, Oxfordshire. Lesley is prepared to travel to clients. www.equiwork.com

Sarah Luck is based in Buckinghamshire and has been treating horses since 2004. Sarah is a registered Craniosacral therapist. www.equinecraniosacral.org

Emma Roberts is a registered McTimoney chiropractor, a trained Equine Bowen Therapist and Equine Craniosacral Therapist. Emma is based in Berkshire but will travel throughout the UK, from the Isles of Scotland to the Channel Isles. Phone: 07770933086 www.equinefysio.co.uk

Equine Craniosacral Workshops

Equine CranioSacral Workshops offers the most extensive craniosacral program for horses available internationally. The workshop series is designed to introduce individuals to the craniosacral principles, anatomy, and hands-on applications. The class size is limited for quality instruction and experience.

Students work with their own horse throughout the four days. A significant amount of time is spent practising hands-on techniques with horses.

ECS1 The Foundation Class – April 19th to April 22nd, 2017

ECS2 Equine Unwinding – April 25th to April 28th, 2017

ECS3 – TMJ and the Equine Athlete – Sept 20th to Sept 23rd 2017

ECS6 – Hind Ends, Hooves and Heads – Sept 26th to Sept 30th 2017

Location for ECS1,2,3 & 6: Wrestow Stud, Southam, Warwickshire. All workshop registrations are available via the website at: www.equinecraniosacral.com

A deposit is required at the time of registration. To register or for more information contact:

Phone Niki Poyner: +44 753 8429185

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 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 Radionic Healers


The origins of radionics are attributed to a distinguished American physician Dr Albert Abrams (1863 -1924). It is a technique of healing that harnesses our natural ESP faculties, to discover the energetic disturbances underlying pathology, and to encourage the reappearance of a normal energetic field that supports health.

Association & list of members: www.radionic.co.uk

Equine Radionic Healers

Chrissie Mason is an experienced radionic healer and nutritional therapist for both dogs and horses. www.horsehealthmatters.co.uk


Go to the Radionics website for information on becoming a practitioner. www.radionic.co.uk

Recommended Reading

Horizons in Radionics, Energy Medicine for the 21st Century ~ Edited by Tony Scofield. N.B. 2 chapters are devoted to equine radionics ~ by Galea Parsons

Hands of Light ~ By Barbara Ann Brennan

Radionics and Horses ~ By Galea Parsons FRADA

A fellowship thesis submitted to the Radionic Association, Summer 2004. 91 pages, 18 colour illustrations (A4 laminated soft cover ring bound)

This thesis contributes significantly to the understanding and practice of Radionics in the treatment of horses and takes a comprehensive look at aspects such as the evolutionary development of the horse through to interesting case histories. Sections include:

The role of evolution and instinct in the horse, as a vehicle to understand the psychological and physiological problems that can occur when horses are asked to live and work in a way that may be contrary to their basic desires and underlying instincts

An analysis of the horse as a domesticated, non-ruminant herbivore and the physical differences that influence radionic treatment

A detailed study of the subtle anatomy and subtle energies that affect the horse, including the role of the rays

A look at some possibilities for treatment of cranial nerves, introducing a combination of treatments derived from combining the work of Ruth Drown and Dinshah

The use of Base 12 rates and the possible resonance of 11 and 12 as treatment rates

A selection of case studies, with specific emphasis on the interpretation of the subtle energy readings

Cost £25.00. Only available from the Radionics Association

Equine Reiki Courses

Equine reiki courses, practitioners and details

Reiki, meaning Universal Life Force Energy, is one of the most ancient healing methods. Reiki Masters have passed their knowledge down through the centuries to make this the technique that is practices today. Details of onsite and home study equine reiki courses are discussed further below.

These techniques, whilst not always fully understood or explained by conventional science,  can be learned by everyone.

As a hands-on therapy, transferring healing energy from the practitioner to the horse, equine reiki is becoming increasingly accepted as a valuable therapy within the equestrian community.

It can be an integral part of recovery from trauma, essential when considering how to manage undesirable behaviour.

Courses and Training

Rob Fellows, who is based in Shropshire, has a masters degree in the Usui system of natural healing and qualified to practice advanced reiki.

He offers home study equine reiki courses which is a great introduction for those wanting to explore becoming a reiki practitioner.

Click here to find out more

Pauhla Whitaker 3rd degree Reiki practitioner and teacher runs regular workshops for small groups or on a one to one basis. For more information go to www.pauhla.com

Epona Equine Reiki & Animal Centre offers two courses – Basic Equine Reiki and Advanced Equine Reiki with Sarah Berrisford, Reiki Master/ Teacher & SAC Dip Animal Communication. The courses are open to all, from inexperienced to professional horse persons. For more information visit: www.epona-equine-reiki.co.uk or Tel: 01406 330317

Therapist’s Sites

Pauhla is a 3rd degree Reiki practitioner and Teacher (Master) of the Usui Traditional Reiki system and runs regular courses to teach Reiki, either in small groups or on a one to one basis. Pauhla is based in Gloucestershire. www.pauhla.com

Natural Horsemanship through spiritual communication, along with Equine Reiki is offered by Pip Unwin located in Wellington, Somerset. Pip is willing to travel anywhere within the UK for ‘one to one’ or group sessions. www.pippsway.co.uk

Sarah qualified in Usui Traditional Reiki and has been tutored & guided by the renowned Animal Communicator/Healer, Ginny Patterson in Equine Reiki. www.assisi-whispers.co.uk

Liz Harris works alongside your veterinary surgeon providing Reiki, McTimoney Chiropractic and Sports Massage services. Liz is based in Catterick Village, and travels throughout North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northern England. www.lizharris.co.uk

Nikki has been working as an animal healer for the last 12 years, using Reiki to communicate with horses & other animals. Her clinic is based in East Anglia serving Norwich and Sheffield. www.ukanimalhealer.co.uk

Tasha is a qualified animal healer and Reiki Practitioner. Tasha covers North London areas including Hertfordshire and Essex, as well as fortnightly covering a 20 mile radius of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. http://animalreikimoon.webs.com

Roxanne 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 does weekly visits to Kent, Hants and Surrey. www.holisticconsultant.co.uk

Sam is a qualified Reiki Master and Teacher, using the Usui method. Sam specialises in working with animals and has experience in working with race horses and rescue horses. Based in Hampshire can travel to Berkshire, Surrey and Dorset. www.totsandtailsreiki.co.uk

Kate was inspired to study Reiki after her mare was badly kicked and bruised while turned out. Kate works primarily in Sussex, Surrey and West Kent but can travel further afield. Phone: 07880498522 www.healing-for-horses.com

The Reiki Association is a community of people initiated into Reiki and is part of the worldwide Reiki family. www.reikiassociation.org.uk 

Recommended Reading

Equine Podiatry

Equine podiatry

What Is Equine Podiatry?

The development of barefoot hoof care as an alternative to the traditional horseshoes.

Hooves are kept manageable by regular visits from Certified Specialist Trimmers or Equine Podiatrists. The horse’s living environment is also adapted to a more natural state.

There are mixed views in the equine world regarding how appropriate this is for the majority of circumstances – after all, hoof care is paramount.

Is Barefoot Right For Horses?

Some say that barefoot is natural which, from a purist point of view is true.

However, others argue that “natural” is a horse roaming across a grassy landscape, whereas we ask them to carry a human on their back, and ride on stoney tracks and metalled roads.

The Equine Podiatry Association was formed in April 2006 in the UK to provide a register of qualified hoof specialists

The Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry maintains a list of qualified members in the UK & worldwide

To contact an Equine Podiatrist in the UK go to The Equine Podiatry Association (UK) – www.epauk.org

The Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry – www.equinepodiatry.com

Barefoot Hoof Specialists in the UK

Sympathetic horse care with Debbie Croeser. Debbie has a diploma in Applied Equine Podiatry. www.justhorsesense.co.uk

Jayne Hunt a qualified Equine Podiatrist travels to clients in the South West, covering an area that stretches from Taunton to Cheltenham. www.healthyhooves.co.uk

Richard Vialls, qualified Equine Podiatrist and tutor is based on the Isle of Anglesey and his practice covers North Wales. www.unshod.co.uk

Lesley Evans offers several complementary therapies including Equine Podiatry. Lesley is prepared to travel from her base in Uffington, Oxfordshire. www.equiwork.com

Rohan Fox qualified as an Equine Podiatrist in 2010. Rohan is based in Derbyshire and covers a large area in the North East, extending across Wales, Herefordshire, the East Midlands, West Midlands. www.hoofworks.co.uk

Barefoot trimming in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester is provided by Abigail Hogg author of The Horse Behaviour Handbook. www.abihogghoofcare.co.uk

Interesting Sites

An interesting American site with in depth articles on hoof trimming and the hoof www.barefoothorse.com

The official site of Applied Equine Podiatry. www.equinepodiatry.net

Training as a Barefoot Trimmer

To train as a Certified Hoof Care Specialist you need a minimum of 500 hours hands-on instruction. Mainly farriers and vets undergo the training.

Basic courses suitable for owners wishing to provide a ‘maintenance’ trim between Specialist Trimmer visits plus guidance on adapting your horse’s living environment to barefoot hooves are available. These are short 5 day courses held The Equine Podiatry Association (AEPAUK).

All enquiries direct to Justine Jenkins Tel: 01269597635

Recommended Reading

Horse Owner’s Guide to Natural Hoof Care ~ By Jaimie Jackson. Regarded as an educational text book on natural hoof management and praised by all who have followed his ideas.

Equine Podiatry: Medical and Surgical Management of The Hoof ~ By Andrea Floyd DVM (Author), Richard Mansmann VMD PhD (Author) For the equine podiatrist student or horse care professional

Visit our Books page to read the reviews on these books and browse books on equine health recommended by our therapists.