Physical Therapy


Rehabilitating Sport Horses

September 23, 2015

Here's how to get your performance horse back to the show ring safely and successfully after layup. ... Read More


10 Equine Rehabilitation and Reconditioning Resources

April 30, 2015

Rehabilitating and reconditioning injured or out-of-shape horses can be daunting, but don't worry … we're here to help. ... Read More


The Horse: Top 10 Horse Health Articles of 2012

January 01, 2013

The staff at tallied the most popular articles of 2012. Did your favorites make the list?... Read More


12 Christmas Wishes for Horses, Owners from Veterinary Experts

December 25, 2012

Consider the following "wishes" equine experts made to help maximize your horses' quality of life. ... Read More


Exercises to Strengthen Equine Back Muscles, Reduce Pain

August 06, 2012

Exercising the multifidus muscles in addition to daily training could reduce equine back pain.... Read More


Physical Therapy for Stifle Problems in Horses (AAEP 2011)

February 06, 2012

A physical therapy program is owner- and horse-intensive in terms of time and energy for successful outcomes.... Read More


Efficacy of Manual Therapies on Back Pain (AAEP 2011)

January 26, 2012

One researcher says manual therapies can effectively relieve back pain.... Read More


The Science Behind Rehab Therapy

December 01, 2011

In the right hands, these physical therapy methods can help rehabilitate injured horses.... Read More


Ask the Vet LIVE on Complementary Therapies Now Archived

November 19, 2011's Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A event on Complementary Therapies was held on Oct. 26.... Read More


Leg Weights Help Rehabilitate Hind Limb Gait Issues

November 04, 2011

Bracelets and leg weights strengthen and activate certain muscles to help improve hind end gait abnormalities.... Read More


Equine Physical Therapy and Electrical Stimulators

October 28, 2011

Sheila Schils, PhD, discusses electrotherapy's place in physical therapy and the different devices available.... Read More


Auburn to Host Veterinary Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy Symposium

June 17, 2010

The field of animal rehabilitation is rapidly growing and a number of veterinary practices and teaching hospitals now include rehabilitation services. Nationwide and beyond, veterinarians and physical therapists are collaborating to provide rehab... Read More


Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... Read More


Horse Stretching Benefits, Approaches Detailed

March 31, 2010

Horses are athletes, too, and according to research, they need that stretching as much as humans do.... Read More


Manual Therapy for Horses

December 30, 2009

Manual therapy was defined, with an explanation of the terms mobilization, manipulation, and adjustments. Educational opportunities for those wishing to pursue training in manual therapy techniques was provided to those in the group, and some attende... Read More


Core Training Exercise Guidelines

May 18, 2009

Core training exercises can be done without a warm-up--for example, in horses that are recovering from injury--because the horse controls the amount of motion, and loading of the joints is less than during locomotion. Hilary M. Clayton, BVMS,... Read More


Regulation of Complementary Therapies: States of Confusion

June 27, 2008

Not too many years ago, proponents of massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic, and other complementary or alternative therapies for animals often were dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. Today, with apologies to Bob Dylan, the... Read More


Recuperating Back Muscles

July 01, 2007

My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but his back has dropped.... Read More


Game Ready Equine Adds Back Wrap to Product Line

October 10, 2006

Game Ready Equine has launched the highly-anticipated Back Wrap to round out its line of therapeutic products that use dry cold and active compression to help heal and prevent soft tissue injuries in horses. The Back Wrap from Game Ready... Read More


Bumps and Bangs of Life

October 01, 2006

It looked bad. My daughter Barbara and a college friend purchased a 2-year-old registered Quarter Horse filly (Casey) last year that had 30 or so days of training on her. They wanted to give the filly some additional training in order to sell her... Read More


West Nile Virus and EEE Detected in Maryland Mosquitoes

August 09, 2004

Mosquitoes collected in two separate areas of Prince George's County are the first in Maryland this year to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) and for Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE). In the first instance, mosquitoes collected on... Read More


A Win at Any Cost?

January 01, 2004

The horse show scene often is one of pageantry, color, and excitement. There are handsome horses groomed until they shine, riders dressed in colorful or formal garments who ride with skill and aplomb, and judges who observe every movement and... Read More


Vet's Role in Physical Therapy

May 01, 2003

The health and soundness management of any horse--regardless of his level of use or the problems he might be encountering--horse owner or trainer's responsibility. The person responsible for the diagnosis, prescribing the treatment, and assessing ... Read More


Equine Physical Therapy Advances

May 01, 2003

In 1982, I was working as an athletic trainer when a veterinarian came in for help in rehabilitating a sprained ankle. As I applied electrical stimulation and range of motion exercise, I asked him what would be done for a horse with a similar... Read More


Physical Therapy for Healing and Health

May 01, 2003

Call it what you will--equine physical therapy, equine therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation therapy, equine sports therapy, or even alternative therapy. The treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of movement dysfunctions, orthopedic ailment... Read More