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WHAT IS EQUINE REHABILITATION?

Equine Rehabilitation is the use of active exercise to facilitate restoration of normal function.

The aims of equine rehabilitation are to:
• Re-educate gait, balance and proprioception
• Improve strength and flexability
• Restore normal range of movement
• Increase athletisism
• Improve stamina


The Yorkshire Equine Clinic was set up by Victoria Spalding, Carole Taylor and Adalberto Barbarini with the aim of forming a multi disciplinary team to work alongside local vets in the management of Equine conditions.

Carole Taylor BHSAI, trained at Markington and was running a very successful yard breaking, schooling and teaching when she was accepted to study with Monty Roberts. She now incorporates the techniques she learnt from Monty with her traditional training.

Adalberto Barbarini was brought up on his family's ranch in Argentina. For most of his life he has been involved in the International Polo Circuit, working for such dignities as Prince Charles, Sultan of Brunei, Kerry Packer and Donald Trump. Some of Adalbertos native Argentine techniques of horsemanship are incorporated into the Clinic philosophy.

At the Yorkshire Equine Clinic we have excellent facilities to take in patients for an intensive course of Physiotherapy alongside an active rehabilitation programme. By combining the skills of a Chartered Physiotherapist with expertise in handling and schooling, both from the ground and under saddle, we can cater for:

Treatment and rehabilitation following injury

Schooling and behavioural problems

Post surgical rehabilitation

The Yorkshire Equine Clinic has close links with other professionals such as a Master Saddler, Nutritionist and Farrier who all visit the Clinic regularly and have input into many treatment regimes.

The Yorkshire Equine Clinic can accommodate up to twenty horses and has a large pasada menage, round pen and horse walker. The Physiotherapy treatment room is fully equipped with electrotherapy modalities including laser, ultrasound, muscle stimulator, H-Wave and solarium.

As well as catering for in-patients, we also hold regular Clinics and workshops and will also travel to assess and treat patients at home.

Veterinary physiotherapy involves assessment and treatment of musculo-skeletal and neurological conditions. A chartered veterinary physiotherapist will study for three to four years to become a ‘human’ physiotherapist and then work for at least two years in the human field before undergoing further training with animals. This initial human training is invaluable as it is here that skills in biomechanical assessment and treatment techniques are developed.

A Physiotherapy assessment will take up to 1 _ hours. A full history is taken followed by a physical examination. This will involve observation of standing posture and symmetry, seeing the horse moving in straight lines, on the lunge and often ridden. Movement abnormalities are noted. Range of movement of neck, back, fore and hind limbs are assessed and a palpatory examination will reveal areas of tension, tenderness and lack of mobility. Following the assessment process where problems are identified, a treatment and rehabilitation plan is formulated.

The equine spa, the first of its kind in the North of England has been developed & independently clinically proven to cater for a wide variety of lower leg injuries and disorders.

Tendon injuries, fractures, wounds and postoperative care can all be accommodated, using the equine spa either independently, or to compliment other therapies. However, when used on its own it does provide a non-invasive and drug free approach.

Hydrotherapy or treatment in water, especially seawater, has been a time-honoured therapy for the treatment of injury and inflammation. Cold hosing and the application of ice packs in the early stages of injury are of significant value to the healing process in most cases.


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