Equine Osteopath, Bruce Hewett BSc(Hons) OstDO

Look at the benefits

  • Pain Relief
  • Increased Performance
  • Quicker recovery time after injury
  • Minimised risk of injury
  • Improve overall health and vitality
  • Non-invasive, tailored treatments
  • Covered by all major insurance groups

Are You Interested in Joining the Team?

We are looking for qualified, dedicated and passionate equine osteopaths to join our team.


If so, please contact Bruce Hewett on:
07736 423798

Getting the best from your horse By relieving pain, preventing injury and maximising movement and performance

We will observe the way that the horse moves actively in walk and trot in hand. First observations will then lead to the osteopath asking for the horse to perform various turns and/or be lunged or ridden and either or both will depend on the problem that was first observed.

These prescribed actions enable general confirmation and postural patterns to be assessed. The osteopath is looking for symptoms and at this stage the owner will be asked to provide details of the horses previous history of musculo-skeletal problems and systemic problems as a complete picture of the horse needs to be built up. The horses dental care and foot care could also be significant and all this information needs to be assessed. Certain symptoms such as back pain can throw up other problems and can be related to pelvic, stifle or hock pain as well as changes in temperament. This can mean that diagnosis is difficult. It may be that the problem has been caused by a pathological process and then a vet must be consulted straight away.

Only when the osteopath has completed this initial procedure will a full musculo-skeletal examination take place.

Ostepaths use long slow movements and relieve body tensions by encouraging the spine and pelvis into its correct position. They may put pressure on a part of your horses body which is a long way from the part they are actually treating. This will be fully explained to you and will conform to the Osteopathic principle that ‘Structure Governs Function’.

Treatment can be used as a means of preventative care, improving mobility and movement which will then minimise the occurence of injury.

The number of treatments required will depend on your horses history as well as what is being treated. The initial consulation will also have a bearing on this decision and you will be kept fully informed throughout the whole process. In an ideal world every new horse should have an initial examination and consultation as a starting point for its future long term well being.

Legislation requires that Equine Osteopaths work with your vet's referral and this also means that you will be able to claim for the treatments through your insurance policy.

Treatment - Conditions that Equine Osteopaths can treat and subtle ways in which your horse will try to communicate his discomfort to you:-
  • Reduced level of performance
  • Problems with the horses gait – slow to warm up, resists work which may increase as session progresses. Inability to track up/short stride, goes better on one rein than other
  • Reluctance to trot/canter on certain reins, loss of collection, cross-canter problems. Rushes downhill, pulls uphill, lacks concentration, shying
  • Changes in Behaviour, bucking, bolting, rearing, refusing to jump, kicking. Objection to being saddled or girthed. Pinning the ears back. Unable to stand still or relax, hyposensivity to brushing, difficult to shoe and repetitive behaviour
  • Diagnosed conditions, such as degenerative arthritis. Hind, front leg lameness
  • Uneven muscle bulk, obvious sores, white hairs, friction rubs, temporary swelling or hard spots in the muscle or skin. Muscle imbalance, spasms, atrophy and stiffness in the older horse. Swishing the tail, holding the tail to one side
  • Maintaining mobility in competition horses. Inability to bend, turning the head to one side more than the other
  • Injuries resulting from falls, training, or other activities
  • Stressful situations, due to horses conformation,various riding and training equipment, incorrect rider position. Shoeing
  • Cold Back
  • Head tossing and general problems with head carriage
  • Sacroliac Lesion
  • Tendon injury, or ligament overstrain
  • Back disorder lameness
After Care for Maximising Performance
A horse needs to be in the best possible condition if it is to perform to its full potential. An individual programme of gradually increasing exercises and appropriate schooling, the use of correctly fitting tack and a correct rider position will all help to prevent many of the problems that an osteopath treats. This will also help the re-occurrence of existing ones that have already been treated. An equine osteopathic regime of continuing assessment and treatment can make the difference you’re looking for.

By talking to you whilst the horse is treated, an invaluable shared insight is gained that goes beyond its medical history. The rider can be the cause of a horses back problem, head tilt, stiffness of rein, or lameness. All these shared talks will build a picture from which we can advise how best to prepare your horse for it to match your future aspirations comfortably and safely.

Dont Forget The Rider!
Followng these discussions the rider may feel that they need a little attention as well. All the requirements of Good body alignment, balance and flexibility are also key to smooth and efficient riding. Osteopathy can detect and remedy previously unrecognised areas of restricted movement. This will enable horse and rider to combine as one through shared balance, strength and stamina and they will both maximise their potential in any equestrian discipline.

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Mob : +44 (0) 7736 423 798    Tel : +44 (0) 1352 731 818            The Pain Relief Centre, Church Street, Flint, North Wales, CH6 5AF

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