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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I still ride my horse after treatment?
Yes. We will advise you on the type if work you and your
horse should do in the days following treatment.

Q. My horse is racing/competing tomorrow, can
they still have the treatment?

Yes. Often we use treatment just prior to the big
day to ensure your horse is going to perform at
its optimum. 

Q. Do I need a referral from my vet?
You can refer your horse directly to us but we do
need approval from your veterinary practice in accordance with
the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. This can be done prior to
arrival either by us or yourself.

Q. How many appointments will my horse need?
As all horses are individual this can vary considerably. We will
advise you on the first visit if any follow up treatments are necessary. 

Q. Will my insurance cover osteopathic treatment?
Yes, most insurance will cover osteopathic treatment. We do advise you
double check with your provider first if you are planning on claiming on your policy.

Q. Should my horse have maintenance treatments? 
As a horse's body can adapt gradually to strain patterns we advise that any horse in regular work should have some treatment to help prevent problems from arising. This normally equates to once every 3-4 months but will vary depending on the work the horse is in. 

Q. I've just got a new horse or am about to purchase one, should I have it checked by you?
Yes. We do pre-purchase assessments that can help to identify and treat any problems that could potentially develop. 

Q. I've used a back person in the past, what's the difference between you and them?
The term Osteopath is protected by law and can only be used by people who have achieved professional qualifications following rigorous training over 4 or 5 years. Osteopaths have an in-depth knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology and Biomechanics. By using EQUIOST LTD you can be assured that your horse will be receiving the highest possible standard of care. 

Q. Do you treat the rider too?
Yes, although not in the yard! You can come to The Bidwell Practice in Totnes, Devon if you would like treatment yourself.
Visit: for details. 

Q. What sort of treatment will my horse get?
We use a variety of techniques and each treatment is individually tailored to your horses specific needs. Treatment modalities include: joint mobilisation and manipulation, soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.

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Osteopathic services for horses thoughout South Devon, Cornwall, The South Hams, Torbay,
Dartmoor, Newton Abbot, Exeter, Plymouth, The South West, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire,
Hampshire, Wiltshire, UK and Europe