How can you tell when your horse may be in pain? What signs should you look for?
Horses are very good at concealing their pain and they only give subtle hints when something may be wrong. If you think your horse is displaying any of these signs or seem out of character it is best to contact your vet or physiotherapist.
Unwilling/unhappy being tacked up
Lacking impulsion when being ridden or lunged
Striking off on the wrong lead
Unwilling to work in an outline
Physiotherapy can identify the source of the problem and help alleviate any pain to improved performance and prevent further injury.
Do you also take your horses out competing regularly?
Pre and Post season physiotherapy is great to ensure your horse is ready for the season or resolving any problem areas to increase recovery and encourage optimum performance. It is also beneficial if you feel they need a quick check over during the season to make sure you finish on a high.
Proximal Suspensory desmitis
Tying up syndrome (Exertional Rhabdomyolysis)
Superficial/deep flexor tendon injury
Post surgery rehabilitation