|What does an equine physical therapist do?
Horses are athletes and, like humans, can become stiff or experience pain in their muscles, their joints, or tendons. They can
also get neurological issues, which can leave them unable to do their job.
As an equine physical therapist, I can help you design a treatment and exercise program, under the supervision of your
veterinarian to get your horse back to his prior level of function.
The treatment typically last 45 minutes to an hour and includes some hands on techniques (myofascial release, massage,
stretching, ROM...), some in hand exercises, some riding exercises (if appropriate) and the use of treatment tools, like the
SureFoot pads, kinesiotaping, etc....
To schedule a session for your horse, fill out our contact form, call 703-994-4834
or email Catherine@kineticbalance.com.
By the end of his medical treatment, Andy had recovered some of his energy, but showed the following residual
-Atrophy of his gluteus medius muscles on both sides, resulting in a camped out position in standing and difficulty
engaging the hind legs and lengthening his back.
-Decreased step length and speed
-Some stumbling when walking downhill
-Stiff right shoulder girdle
-Weak pectoral muscles, which made it difficult for him to confidently hold his riders.
Over the course of 5 months, Catherine carefully progressed Andy through a series of hands-on techniques, in
hand, ridden and finally driving exercises to address his neurological deficits(stumbling and muscle atrophy), his
stiffness, and his lack of strength and endurance. She also worked with the farrier to make sure that the shoeing
and trimming helped support his muscle development and with Dr Joyce Harman for regular chiropractic and
acupuncture treatments as well as supervision of the progress made.
Andy has fully recovered and is now back to doing his job!
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Andy's Arlin is our 21year old Haflinger pony who has been doing
therapeutic driving, riding, hippotherapy and mental health work with us
for 12 years.
He won the prestigious Klinger Award for Honor and Service at the
Washington International Horse Show in 2015 , and was inducted in the
Equus Foundation Horse Stars Hall of Fame in 2016.
He has always been healthy, rarely missed a day of work, but last Spring,
started slowing down, stumbling when ridden downhill and appear really
low energy. The vet was called and all tests returned negative results,
except for a mild positive for EPM. He was treated with daily medication
for 4 weeks and pulled from work.
Andy's success story of recovery from mild EPM: