June 1, 2017

Animal Therapies

Indications for your HORSE or DOG may include:

An injury or a fall that has resulted in lameness (Once the Vet has been the first protocol)

Pain and stiffness

Reduced performance

Abnormal gait

Collection issues


Postural changes

Not being able to jump into the car

Age related conditions

and much more


Sometimes a joint between 2 vertebrae may become slightly fixated – restricting the normal range of motion and decreasing flexibility. This could be due to a fall, a bad stumble, getting cast or a badly fitting saddle.

It could be due to lameness or poor shoeing and a resultant change in the way the horse normally moves.

A back problem is almost always a secondary problem to a primary cause which is why it is absolutely essential to have a veterinary surgeon diagnose the primary problem and decide if treatment is going to benefit the animal before referring to TS Therapies. If the primary cause goes untreated, the problem will keep reoccurring no matter how many times you seek help.

Although many slight joint fixations resolve themselves through muscle activity, such as rolling, or normal spinal movements such as bending and stretching, some fixations can persist.

When this stage is reached some physical symptoms will probably be seen. This could range from subtle changes in the animal’s performance to muscle spasm and soreness, stiffness, or lack of collection or impulsion or even a degree of inco-ordination. There may be nerve pain in long term cases and, where a nerve is being pinched there could be numbness or pins and needles.

It could even show itself as a behavioural problem such as a cold back, bucking, not wanting to “bend” on one rein or refusing fences. When it gets to this stage then an external influence is required to restore normality.



What will a TS Therapies do?

Upon being given permission by a vet a therapist will already have some idea of what the problem is.

However body tissues are living things and  are constantly changing so a therapist will ask questions of both the owner and the rider

Assessment of the posture and gait, the animal may reveal asymmetries, such as unequal muscle size or tone between the left and right side which are not normal for that animal.

TS Therapies will also look for abnormal head or neck placement, foot placement or any sign that the posture being adopted is not normal for that animal. TS Therapies may then assess the range of movement of the animal’s spine to see if it is even on both sides, as well as palpating the muscles around the spine to assess any muscle spasm, swelling or the presence of any hot or cold spots that will indicate an alteration in circulation.

What does the treatment consist of?

The treatment will not hurt the animal, in fact most animals thoroughly enjoy it! It is quite common for an animal to become increasingly relaxed as the treatment progresses even to the point of becoming drowsy.

The adjustment consists of a short, sharp thrust to a specific area which releases muscle spasm, alleviates pain and returns the joint to its normal range of motion. This allows the body to restore its own natural balance and rhythm.

TS Therapies will then advise on aftercare, as afterwards the animal may have a reaction to the treatment. This could range from feeling better straight away to being stiff, sore or appearing worse the next day. It may also go off its food for a short time.


Proper animal treatment requires education, training and experience and it is extremely important to carefully consider who is doing any care you need for your animal.

Always check that a practitioner has recognised qualifications.