Surrey Veterinary Physiotherapy

Equine Physiotherapy and Massage

Equine Physiotherapy has long been recognised as a valuable tool for performance enhancement as well as injury recovery. The unique skills of the Equine Physiotherapist in clinical palpation and gait analysis provide valuable input into your horse's health programme, offering an ongoing barometer of any subtle,gradual changes, which can be difficult to detect as an owner when you see the same animal twice daily.

Helen Morrell is a fully qualified Equine Physiotherapist and able to provide a full range of Equine physiotherapy, Equine Massage and Equine rehabilitation service.  Equine Physiotherapist, Helen Morrell, is based near Farnham in surrey and offers Equine Physiotherapy and Equine Massage services in surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.

It's advisable to schedule bi-annual physiotherapy checks for your pleasure horse, and more frequently for your competition horse, to ensure that any musculo-skeletal imbalances are identified at an early stage, enabling prompt treatment, ensuring the horse works optimally, and to prolong their ridden careers. 

Of course, Equine Physiotherapists are well equipped with an armoury of techniques and therapies to effectively manage acute injuries and conditions too, such as ultrasound to better manage new cell alignment in a healing superficial flexor tendon or suspensory ligament injury, H-wave, massage and chiropractic techniques to alleviate back pain, pulsed magnetic therapy for fracture repair, laser on oedema or haematoma from kicks or falls, and red-light therapy to assist wound healing.

Horses, in the same way as us, compensate for pain felt by adopting a way of moving which is less painful. Horses are masters at this, having an innate ability to mask injury stemming from the fact that they are, fundamentally, prey animals. This can mean that some conditions are unnoticed for quite some time, long enough for changes in muscle and soft tissue to take place. If left unaddressed, these changes can become permenant and performance limiting.

Based near Farnham, Surrey, Helen Morrell is a fully qualified and insured Equine Physiotherapist and able to provide comprehensive Equine Physiotherapy and Equine Massage service for horses in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.

Equine physiotherapy provides an ongoing support, re-educating correct posture and ensuring that such secondary problems do not arise, themselves causing pain and poor performance. Much work is done with ground schooling and gymnastic exercises to ensure the correct use of muscles and gait patterning.

Additionally, the equine skeleton has evolved to support a huge, grass filled gut, hanging below. Horses were never designed to carry the additional weight of a saddle and rider piled on top, so ridden horses are predisposed to back and neck problems, there are a number of contributory factors, which if identified during an equine physiotherapy session can be addressed.


Equine Physiotherapy can help manage these contributory factors in your horse;
  • Lack of Core Stability, and weak abdominal muscles
  • Incorrect posture, carrying the head and neck too high with the back extended rather than rounded
  • Carrying an unbalanced rider
  • Poorly fitting tack - which either doesn't suit the horse or places the rider in an unbalanced position
  • Low fitness levels, and poor muscle development
  • Lack of an effective warm-up and cool down session
  • Poor foot balance
  • Conformational anomolies

Signs that your horse might benefit from a equine physiotherapy session include;

  • Changes in temperament or behaviour
  • Resenting tacking up, becoming reluctant to accept the saddle and or bridle
  • General lethargy
  • The development of ridden behavioural problems, such as napping, rearing or bucking
  • Poor upwards or downwards transitions
  • Adding a short stride before fences or taking down poles
  • Inability to achieve a particular canter strike off, or to maintain a canter lead around the school 
  • An unusually high or low head carriage
  • Loss of muscle / weight / condition along neck, back or quarters
  • Loss of impulsion or a shortening of stride
  • Snatching at the reins
  • Brushing behind
  • Stiff on one rein when ridden 
  • Inability to work on the bit
  • Inactivity in hindquarters
  • Saddle slipping to one side
  • Head shaking
  • Uneven shoe wear

Always ensure your Equine Physiotherapist is adequately qualified to conduct the above therapies. 

Mobile Equine Physiotherapy Service

Mobile Equine Physiotherapist providing Equine Massage, Equine Physiotherapy and Equine Rehabilitation services in Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, Guildford, Aldershot, Farnham, Woking, Milford, Godalming, Hindhead, Farnborough, Elstead, Bordon, Liss, and Liphook.

Fully Insured and Regulated
 Equine Physiotherapist

Insurance Company Approved 

Locations Served

Equine Physiotherapy and Animal Physiotherapy service covering: Woking, Guildford, Basingstoke, Camberley, Farnham, Aldershot, Alton, Winchester, Farnborough, Hindhead, Milford and Godalming. Our Animal Physiotherapist and Pet Physiotherapist travels to: Haslemere, Liphook, Liss, Midhurst, Reigate, Horsham, Crawley, Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex.

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Equine Physiotherapy provides rehabilitation from chronic and acute injuries and conditions. Equine physiotherapy works alongside veterinary medical intervention. Equine physiotherapy comprises non-invasive treatment modalities such as electrotherapies, manual therapies and massage.


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