HORSE & RIDER THERAPY
Are you experiencing difficulty with your horse in the saddle or on the ground? Does your horse have unexplained behaviours? Does your horse resist certain movements? Have you had your horse treated with bodywork and the problems still dont resolve?
Is it your body that needs the treatment?
Imbalance in a rider can arise for various reasons such as prior injury, poor motor control, muscle imbalance, soft tissue restrictions and many other factors. As symptoms of imbalance present in a variety of ways, it is necessary to assess the source of the imbalance. Imbalance in the rider can cause a horse to provide counterbalance which results in dysfunction and imbalance in the absence of the rider. These imbalances may present as unwilling behaviour or resistance to certain movements that may be painful or difficult.
What if it's my horse that needs the treatment?
With horses, injuries can occur over time and cause perpetual pain which can look like unwilling behaviour of your horse. As horses generally operate from a fight or flight standpoint, most “unwilling behaviour” is not actually such, but is an out-picture of some sort of discomfort within the horse’s body or bio-mechanical incapability within the tissues themselves. It would be cruel to scold or school a horse who cannot physically maintain the position desired when it causes pain or discomfort. This would be similar to a coach causing an athlete pain by forcing them into a body position that they do not have the flexibility for, or worse yet, using an aid to force their joints and muscles into positions that cause pain, while asking them to complete the very same movement that caused the pain in the first place. The effects of this can be physically and psychologically devastating to the horse and can destroy the relationship if their horse habitually views the rider as the link to their own pain.
Why Choose Combined Therapy
I created Equilibria Therapeutics for the purpose of offering a holistic approach to successful therapies for riders and horses together. Such an approach envisions riders and horses, not as separate individuals, but as integrated components of one unit—forming a partnership. It is imperative that both horse and rider be in balance in order to achieve success. My practice strives to balance the internal systems of the horse and the internal systems of the rider in order to build a harmonious relationship between the two.
How These Packages Work
If you book a horse and rider package you will need approximately 3 hours in total for the initial assessment of both you and your horse. A detailed history of you and your horse will be taken, followed by a physical assessment of gait and functional movement, soft tissue and bony landmark palpation, joint range of motion, and neurological testing (if indicated). The rider must be able to comfortably trot their horse out, turn and back their horse from the ground and be able to hold their horse for the duration of the initial assessment.
The initial session is focused predominantly on assessment giving me the opportunity to break down the movements and areas of concern as well as gather a detailed and holistic picture of the presentation of both you and your horse, followed by a shorter treatment to begin the process and gauge how the tissues will handle the applied therapy.
Following the initial session I will formulate a treatment plan for both you and your horse and return to carry out a full session of treatment for each. Treatment plans can range anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months or more depending on the complexity of the issues. The owner will be provided a written copy or email of any homework required over the course of the treatments. Subsequent treatments are 1hr in length for each.
Initial Assessment Package (3 hours): $215.50 (incl. gst)
Follow-up Treatment Packages (2 hours): $215.50 (incl. gst)
*Direct billing is available for PBC & MBC for the human services portion of the package.
Please note: Equine Therapists are not licensed veterinarians and Equine Therapy is not a substitute for proper veterinary care. If your horse is displaying signs of acute lameness or illness, always consult with your veterinarian first, as Equine Therapists are not licensed to diagnose any condition of the horse.