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Horse/Rider Integration

Horse and rider as athletes

Do you or your horse feel stiff on one rein?

Are you or your horse crooked?

Does your saddle always slip to one side?

Having trouble collecting your horse?

Do you want to PERFORM BETTER?

Physiotherapy can help! Contact us to book in today. Read on to find out more.

Assessment and management of the horse and rider as a unit is very important for optimal performance in the ridden horse, as the horse/rider team must be in absolute harmony to carry out even the most simple manoeuvre during equestrian performance.

The physiotherapists at Active Animal Physiotherapy are uniquely placed to offer expert horse and rider assessment and treatment. All physiotherapists have completed a degree in human physiotherapy, followed by further post graduate study in animal physiotherapy. Lesley’s research into the human and equine sacroiliac joint allows the team of physiotherapists a unique understanding of the complexities of the horse-rider assessment and their integration.

How does the rider affect the horse?

Physiotherapy has a role in treating the rider for:

  • Management of existing injuries or pre-existing conditions (e.g. arthritis)
  • Back and Pelvic pain
  • Sacrum, coccyx and SIJ (sacroiliac joint) pain or dysfunction
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Hip/knee/ankle pain or stiffness
  • Sporting and traumatic injuries

Physiotherapy can also help if you have:

  • General stiffness and lack of flexibility
  • Difficulty contacting evenly through the seat
  • Difficulty maintaining your seat on one rein, through different paces or movements
  • Difficulty contacting evenly through the leg
  • Unlevel shoulders (affects contact through the hands)
  • Excessive trunk or head movement when riding (normally due to reduced core stability)

Still not sure?

15Contact us at info@animalphysio.com.au if you have any further questions or to see if we can help.