The Importance of a Well-fitted Horse Bridle and the Effects of an Ill-fitted One

An ill-fitted bridle can potentially impact on and effect, directly or indirectly, the whole of a horse’s body. A well-fitted bridle, on the other hand, that avoids rubbing or pressure, is of great benefit to horse and rider. If a horse is in pain or uncomfortable, this stress may lead to behavioural changes. As with the saddle, professional advice on …

What is compensation in animals?

The core concept is that, if there is a dysfunction somewhere in the body, it will rebalance its other parts in order to keep functioning. If a body part is not functioning perfectly another part will have to work more or differently in order to compensate. When a structure has to work more, it gets tired and stiffens. This is …

Are You Aware of Overweight Dogs?

We all know that being overweight is a big problem in humans but we wanted you to be aware that it is also the case in animals. More and more of our dogs, cats and even rabbits are overweight. It is a big concern as it reduces life expectancy. As it’s such a common problem that we wanted to review …

Benefits of Manual Therapy to Sporting Dogs

Being able to practice a sport with your dog is a great way of bonding together and getting enough exercise for him/her. However, just like with any athlete, injuries can happen, and manual therapy can help, even when you think it couldn’t! From September 2014 to September 2015, Sophie wrote her end of degree dissertation about racing greyhounds, and we …

The poll, more than a simple joint

We often encounter horse owners struggling to get the bridle around the head or even just touching the poll area. We will explain why it is such a common problem and how osteopathic techniques could help. The joint between the head and the first cervical vertebra (C0 -C1) is one of the key parts of the body in more ways …