Before any treatment involving a horse takes place it is necessary to obtain permission from your vet to treat the horse. Whilst this is a legal requirement it is useful to involve your vet if a diagnosis is required or if the horse is already undergoing treatment prescribed by them.
The initial consultation will include:
Observing movement in hand
Checking tack fit
Assessing for areas of pain
A tailored treatment will then be given with follow up stretches and exercises as necessary to help progress.
The Bowen treatment on the horse is best undertaken somewhere the horse can stand quietly for approximately 45 minutes. As it is a gentle treatment many horses soon relax and some even drop off to sleep. They can have access to hay if they are more settled whilst eating.
The effects of the treatment can last for at least 3-4 days as the body is rebalancing and healing. Advice will be given on when the horse can be exercised and what sort of work would be appropriate.
Most conditions respond to three treatments about 1 week apart. For many horses, to maintain their condition and performance levels, a single ‘top-up’ treatment every 3-6 months is sufficient unless there is a re-injury. The Bowen Therapy and Equine Bowen Therapy are not intended as a substitute for medical or veterinary advice or treatment. If in doubt please consult your doctor or veterinary surgeon.