Lydia Critchlow BSc (Hons) MSc
McTimoney Animal Therapist
Tel: 07841 828301

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Horses did not evolve specifically to carry weights on their backs, and modern competition places even more strain upon their skeletal structure.

Musculoskeletal problems may be caused by an accident or a single event (acute injury) or by a problem that has been present and worsened over time (chronic injury).

Acute injuries include:
  • Trips, falls or slips
  • Accidents

Chronic injuries may be caused by:
  • Overwork or repetitive work
  • Ill-fitting tack
  • Dental problems
  • Farriery issues
  • Getting cast in the stable

Common signs of back pain include:
  • Resistances: bucking, rearing, napping or bolting
  • Unlevelness, particularly behind
  • Reduced quality of paces, inability to extend / collect the stride
  • Temperamental changes, such as loss of interest in work, lethargy, or grumpiness
  • Inability to stand square
  • Refusal to jump, running out, or rushing jumps
  • Hollowing of the back and inability or refusal to work on the bit
  • Uneven shoe wear caused by toe dragging or scuffing

Most horses will benefit from a maintenance check every 6-8 months and for performance horses, treatment is recommended at the beginning and end of a competition season (see my
MOT Clinics). Mares will also benefit from treatment after foaling, as this can affect the pelvis.
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Lydia Critchlow BSc (Hons) MSc, McTimoney Animal Therapist based in Sandbach and practising throughout Cheshire and Staffordshire.
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