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Step by step to horse happiness

Most owners feel that their horse is much more than a piece of sports equipment or a way of transportation. Horses are friends, family members and partners who accompany you in sport and leisure time.

As in humans, musculoskeletal disorders such as vertebral blockages, joint blockages and muscular tension can occur in horses. This often leads to the fact that the cooperation between horse and rider is disturbed and deficits in training become noticeable.

Why Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can be used for prevention measures and for the treatment of acute or chronic complaints.

Physiotherapeutic treatments help to support the health and performance of the horse in order to prevent or counteract imbalances in the long term.

Which Indications are there?

  • Problems of rideability or resistance during work
  • Signs of aging such as osteoarthritis
  • Muscular Deficits
  • Injuries
  • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • General improvement in wellbeing and relaxation

Important: In the case of acute lameness or injuries, a veterinarian should always be consulted first. If the latter agrees to therapeutic treatment, physiotherapy can positively influence the further course of the disease and healing process, depending on the diagnosis.

How does treatment take place?

Each treatment is adapted to the needs of the horse and is accordingly individual. There is a detailed anamnesis, an assessment of the gait pattern at rest and movement as well as palpation of the horse.

Depending on the findings, blockages and tensions can be released applying various techniques and the horse experiences relieve. The horse is considered holistically, which means that treatment includes evaluation of the stable, equipment and feed as part of the horse as well.

  • Massage, stretching and fascia techniques
  • Acupressure
  • Stress point massage
  • Kinesiology
  • Novafon treatment

Training on the lunge and double lunge

Especially by working on the lunge, horses can be effectively gymnastic and worked without additional rider weight. In particular, the double-length work can be included in the varied and varied training.

What happens after the treatment?

After a treatment, the further course of treatment and training or special exercises are discussed with the horse owner.


Questions on the topic?
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Pferdeinternistik Dr. med. vet. Katja Shell, Oberb├╝scherhof 33, 42799 Leichlingen
Phone: 0151-559 242 32, Email:

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