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What can you expect from an osteopathic consultation and treatment

On the initial visit, and having already sought approval from your vet, we start by observing your horse's appearance and general demeanour. Meanwhile, we will talk to you about what you want to achieve with your horse and go through any relevant medical history.

Observation of your horse at rest and whilst moving is key to gaining an understanding of its biomechanics, therefore, we will observe your horse standing and then walking up, trotting up and turning.

We may decide to use Thermal Imaging technology to help identify a suspected problem and combine this information with the rest of the assessment to help our osteopathic diagnosis.

Following our visual assessment, we will do a full-body physical assessment, checking all the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, looking for any signs of restriction, imbalance and pain.

When both visual and physical assessments are completed we will then talk to you about our findings and explain what we can do to help. If we think that osteopathic treatment is not advised then we will let you know and suggest any relevant, onward referral.

At the end of the session we will re-test your horse in walk, trot and turn to observe the changes made. Also at this point, advice will be given for the interim period between this and the follow-up treatment (if one is needed) on exercises, turn-out and care.

If you would like, we can contact your vet afterwards, outlining our findings and treatment plan.

Follow up treatment sessions follow the same protocol as initial consultations
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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