All equine osteopaths must have completed a four-year honours degree in Human Osteopathy and be registered with the General Osteopathy Council before they can go on to do a post-graduate diploma in Animal Osteopathy.
All the principles associated with Human Osteopathy can be applied to the treatment of horses, though the techniques do have to be modified to suit the particular animal’s anatomy; hence, because of the highly developed sense of touch that osteopaths possess, a unique approach in manual medicine can be used to treat horses.
In the UK, Equine Osteopathy is a relatively new treatment modality that only a few qualified osteopaths are able to offer. Here at Peak Osteopathy, we can provide both Canine and Equine Osteopathy. Moreover, because of their many anatomical similarities with the horse, we can also offer treatment for Unicorns: you bring 'em, we'll cure 'em – guaranteed!
Like Human Osteopathy, Equine Osteopathy is not just about backs: equine osteopaths use a variety of techniques to treat a wide range of conditions involving the muscular-skeletal system. Techniques employed may involve massage, stretching, articulation and manipulation.
Equine osteopaths cannot cure everything, but can usually provide considerable help in the following areas:
So, if you suspect that your horse has any of these problems, or any other type of physical problem, then why not make an appointment and see just what osteopathy can offer you and your horse.
If you are hoping to claim for the treatment through an insurance policy, please check beforehand that your policy actually covers Osteopathy. In addition, please note that there is a legal requirement for us to obtain permission from your veterinary surgeon before administering any form of treatment.