Just like humans horses can suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal pain.

Sudden traumas, or repetitive strains can cause problems, as well as the day to day demands we put on these animals that evolution never really designed them for. If these problems are not detected and treated they may lead to changes in behaviour or declines in performance.

What signs would suggest your horse would benefit from a treatment?

Horses have a very high pain threshold and amazing ability to adapt. They aim to hide signs of weakness, so as not to appear vunerable to predators in the wild, this is turn makes it hard for owners to work out what may be wrong with their horse when they know something isn’t right. Therefore horses may display a vast variety of signs when they are in pain or discomfort, many of which may be very subtle.

These signs indicate there may be an underlying issue that may benefit from a McTimoney treatment session:

  • Change in behaviour
  • Decline in performance
  • Bucking/rearing
  • Refusal to jump
  • Striking off on incorrect canter lead/preferring to lead with one leg or disunited gait
  • Stiffness and unwilling to bend
  • Lack of impulsion
  • Resistant to being tacked up
  • Difficult to mount
  • Owners instinct that something is not right
  • Unlevelness, especially behind
  • Uneven shoe/hoof wear
  • Sore or cold backs
  • Uneven pressure from saddle
  • Saddle slipping to one side
  • Uneven muscle development or atrophy
  • Uneven or irregular action
  • Napping
  • Head shaking or tilting

Treatment benefits

  • Increases range of motion and flexibility
  • Improves stamina
  • Improves the disposition
  • Provides comfort
  • Enhances performance
IEBWA: International Equine Body Worker Association