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Why do horses suffer musculoskeletal pain and back problems?

It is not surprising that horses suffer back problems. It is not natural for horses to carry humans! Whilst they are strong and capable of doing this, they have to contend with us trying to balance on top of them at a 90 degree angle. We then ask them to run races, jump and work in collection. Ill-fitting saddlery and rugs, injury through trauma, stress and over-exertion through performance, digestive upset, illness, joint problems, disease, bad shoeing and dentistry are also some factors that can lead to back problems. Even the wearing of head collars can cause neck injuries, especially if fitted too tight or doesn’t break if the horse pulls back.

Signs that your horse could benefit from Spinal Therapy.

  • Unlevelness
  • Stiff on one rein
  • Problems getting correct canter lead
  • Uneven wear of shoes
  • Bucking, rearing, biting or behavioural problems
  • Dislike to being saddled
  • Sensitivity when groomed
  • Carrying tail to one side
  • Head tilting
  • Hollowing during transitions
  • Head shy
  • Deterioration in usual performance or unwillingness to work
  • Jumping flat/fast over fences instead of basculing properly or uncharacteristically starting to refuse.

What to expect from a treatment

The treatment will not hurt the animal, in fact most really enjoy it. The adjustments consist of a short, sharp thrust to the specific area which releases muscle spasm, alleviates pain and returns the joint to its normal range of motion. This allows the body to restore its own natural balance and harmony.

Emily also incorporates stretching and mobilisation techniques, which can be shown to the owner to continue in between treatments. Intrasonic therapy can also be used in areas of muscle tension and pain.

Legal Notice
Animal treatment is governed by the law, and it is vital that these legislations are adhered to − not only from a legal perspective but also to ensure the ongoing welfare of your animal(s). The therapies offered by Emily Wilton are known as "complementary therapies," which means they complement veterinary care and are not an alternative to traditional medicine.
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