Bowen practitioner gives therapy to a ho
Equine Bowen practice
Equine Bowen technique on a horse

Equine Bowen Therapy

Overview

Horses are not naturally symmetrical; they are all slightly left or right-handed and their lifestyle can affect their bodies. When we add a rider, this asymmetry can be made worse. Asymmetry and tension can increase the likelihood of injury and discomfort our horses if left untreated.  Prevention is better than cure and Bowen helps to re-align the whole horse to prevent injury and discomfort. 


Treating them with Bowen can help them be happier for as long as possible. Incorporating Bowen into your horse’s regular care management, just like you would your Farrier or Saddle fitter, can assist in assuring that your horse is comfortable.


Equine Bowen Therapy can help with almost anything, to name just a few examples:

  • Tight or sore back

  • Change in temperament

  • Nappiness

  • Refusing to jump

  • Bucking and rearing

  • Stiffness on one rein

  • Head Shaking

  • Tightness in shoulder

  • Recovery following an injury

  • Muscle Atrophy

  • Uneven or disunited gait

  • Changes in performance

  • Uneven wear of shoes or hoof

  • Unevenness 

  • Tightness in the hind quarters

  • Digestive Problems

  • Adjusting to a new environment

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Treatment


  • Each treatment lasts approximately 1 hour. We will discuss the history of your horse. This will include your horse’s past and current use/work, past injuries, accidents, illness, lifestyle, and environment.

  • Assessing your horse to stand and in motion. I will ask you to walk and trot your horse on a hard surface in a straight line and then for some small turns and back steps. It is useful to see you horse lunged or ridden.

  • The treatment is best carried out in a clean stable, or in the environment where the horse is most relaxed and comfortable. They will need access to water during the treatment.

  • After the treatment I will provide you with a written report of my findings and offer follow up advice and support in conjunction with future sessions. In some cases, I may refer you to other professionals such as your vet, saddler, farrier, or trainer if I feel your horse requires their expertise. Where required, I look to work with other professionals to ensure the horse’s maximum comfort and care.


Please Note: It is a requirement to obtain veterinary permission before any therapist may treat an animal therefore your vet’s permission will be required before I treat your horse.

a horse in a stable
Chloe with her horse in the arena
A horse relaxing in the stable