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Specialist care for your horses...

Having ridden in a pony club since childhood, as an early teenager Emma Boyd developed a passion for showjumping, and went on to work in a professional show jumping yard. She was trained by one of the UK’s leading young horse producers, and later trained, whilst competing in young riders classes, by an international lady show jumper.


However, having graduated from university Emma went on to competing in dressage, bringing on her own youngster, through training with Nicola Bell and international rider and trainer Marcus Bauer, to Advance Medium. She has even had basic lessons in western riding and carriage driving. All of this training and riding experience has allowed her a deeper understanding of horse and rider and aided in a more complex comprehension of the equine biomechanics involved in various of equestrian disciplines.


Emma completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Animal Osteopathy at the end of 2003 from the world renown Osteopathic Centre for Animals training with one of the world’s leading equine and canine osteopaths Stuart McGregor, and has gone on to use her own equine knowledge and experience combined with osteopathic training to help horses and their owners from leisure riders through to international competitors. She is also on the Bell equine veterinary hospitals list of musculoskeletal therapists.



a Osteopathy for your horse


Horses by nature are not designed to carry a human on their back. They are, therefore, constantly under physical demand whether they are leisure horses or competition horses.


Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of equine musculoskeletal problems. Equine specialist osteopaths are commonly known for helping to treat neck pain, back pain, general aches and pains, postural and performance problems in horses from a variety of ages and causes. For example: age associated stiffness, conformation related problems, after saddle or tack fitting concerns, equine sports performance issues and minor equine sports musculoskeletal injuries from dressage/ show jumping/ eventing/ driving/ western etc.


As an equine osteopath I take the time to try to understand my equine patients, and their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and their particular equine sports demands. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of the pain or lack of function (rather than just addressing the site of the condition), and from that, to formulate a treatment plan that will aim to achieve the best outcome.


As a therapeutic discipline, osteopathy uses the application of joint articulation and soft tissue techniques to your horse to release tight and irritated muscles, tendons and ligaments with the aim of relaxing them and reducing irritation in surrounding tissues. This treatment is intended to then result in a reduction of your horse’s pain symptoms and thereby increases their range of movement.


As an equine osteopath I frequently work alongside vets as well as alternative medical practitioners.  An owner must always consult their veterinary surgeon prior to seeking osteopathic treatment as it is illegal for anyone to treat an animal without a veterinary surgeon’s approval. Most vets are, however, aware of the benefits of complementary treatment for animals and will readily give their permission for the animal to be treated.
















Disclaimer: These treatments are not as replacement for professional veterinary treatment and it is always recommended that you maintain a good relationship with your veterinary practitioner.


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Treatment for your horse is available at your yard throughout Kent and East Sussex - For more information or to book an appointment please contact me >>




Useful facts


Did you know?...


The horses spine is supported by the muscles that run along and above it (extensors), and the ventral muscles running beneath it (flexors) including the abdominal muscles and the sub-lumbar muscles (iliopsoas muscles). It is only by reaching an equilibrium between the two sets of muscles the horse is able to move efficiently by holding the spine in enough tension to support a rider and transfer power from the limbs.

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