Eaton Veterinary Physiotherapy

Eaton Veterinary Physiotherapy

Equine and Canine ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist for the North West and North Wales. Please contact for more information.

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Eaton Veterinary Physiotherapy


Eaton Veterinary Physiotherapy


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Shannon Daley junior British showjumper

Always happy to help! HUGE change in him Shannon! Well done for your hard work with him 🐎🐎

MR T is now back in work and he’s feeling brilliant big thanks to Harriet Sophie Eaton for his physio and my Cara for finding him an extra extra wide new saddle πŸ₯΄ and of course my Jack Davies for his help ❀️❀️


Great feedback from one of the riders that I assessed biomechanically both on and off her horse yesterday πŸ¦„πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸŒŸ #choosechartered #ACPAT # bestjob


I am currently away in Norway, I will respond to all voicemails/messages when I return 😊🌍

[10/16/17]   I am off to Dubai for a week, I will reply to any messages when I return ✈️🐴


Long days made SO worthwhile when you get texts like this from your clients, just an hour after you left them πŸ‘ŒπŸ» #lovemyjob #feelingblessed #bestpatients #riderphysio

[08/25/17]   Just sitting down to write some notes after a long (but productive) day. Lots of lovely horses seen and my main man all ready for his event tomorrow! Love my job! #choosechartered #ACPAT


RS Veterinary & Rider Physiotherapy

Great explaination of how, and why, engaging in physiotherapy is important, and how trainings aids such as pole work and pessoa's improve horses way of going! 🐎 #ACPAT #physio #choosechartered

A Physiotherapist’s role is to help achieve and maintain optimisation of function following injury, surgery or chronic conditions which may influence normal movement patterns and cause muscle imbalance and gait abnormalities.
We employ a number of techniques including manual therapy (joint mobilisations, soft tissue techniques), electrotherapy, exercise and gait re-education.

It is important that patients (or owners, in the case of animals) are engaged in the rehabilitation process to gain full benefits and the physiotherapist will often advise on a home exercise programme to be practiced in between treatment sessions.
I find that horse owners, particularly those keen to get their equine partner back to full fitness, are usually pro-active and want to know the best way that they can rehabilitate or improve their horse’s performance.

There a number of methods that are commonly employed in an effort to achieve strengthening or improve the horse’s way of going. These may include the use of lungeing, hillwork, poles, or more recently we have seen an increased popularity in the use of water treadmills. But do you fully understand the physical effects that these interventions have on your horse?
I have outlined some commonly used exercises and some of their effects based on evidence based research:
Baited stretches- Used to improve flexibility but also increases core activation. Can be a useful adjunct to help maintain some core activation for the horse recovering from injury on box rest.
Polework- Useful for strengthening flexor musculature by increasing joint flexion when poles are raised. Can also help increase core activation in walk.
Lungeing- The Pessoa training aid is often advocated by vets following spinal surgery for dorsal spine impingement. Research has shown that it can help improve posture and core activation without increasing load on the limbs.
Hillwork- Trotting up an incline can help increase core activation. However walking up hills increases hindlimb muscle activation more effectively than trotting.
Ridden schooling- The position of the head and neck has been shown to influence spinal kinematics. An elevated head position creates extension of the thoracic spine and flexion of the lumbar spine, whilst a lowered head position has the opposite effect.
Water treadmill- Reduces the loading on the limbs and useful for resistance training for the flexor tendon muscles, so useful for horses rehabilitating from flexor tendon injuries. However, high water levels can affect the movements of the spine and pelvis so care should be taken with horses who have conditions affecting the hindlimbs or back.

It is important to remember that all horses are individual and some exercises may not be appropriate for your horse. Any intervention or training aid will also only be as effective as the person using it. It is important to discuss the best methods to use with your physiotherapist and if you are unsure how to use equipment, ask to be shown how to use it correctly.

Visit or to find a qualified practitioner in your area who will be able to fully assess your horse and recommend a suitable rehabilitation/ maintenance programme.

[06/21/17]   Feeling fantastic tonight after hearing from lots of clients that their horses have won and been placed in their respective classes at Cheshire show! Well done all of you!! Best part of my job πŸ΄πŸ™ŒπŸ» #choosechartered #cheshireshow #winnerwinner


Great morning treating some new horses and seeing great improvements in previous clients πŸ¦„πŸ’œ this is the way notes should be written in the sunshine β˜€οΈπŸ™ŒπŸ»

[04/01/17]   Great day as always assessing and treating horses and riders at Active Rider camps! Thanks for having me Jane! #charteredphysio #bestjob #instantresults 🐴


Eaton Veterinary Physiotherapy 16/02/2017

When is a Physio not a Physio? | The Horse Physio

Great article by fellow ACPAT physio! Do you know who is treating your animals, and if they are qualified/insured to do so? The term Chartered Veterinary Physiotherapist has been used for many years. There is currently a debate into the use of this title.


Feeling honoured to be one of the animal therapists placed immediately onto this RAMP register, aiming to provide a platform to ensure all therapists are working at the same level and qualification! #ACPAT #RAMP

Introducing the development of RAMP (Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practioners). This press release details information about the new register which has been created to help unify the animal musculoskeletal therapy professionals and present a gold standard list of these professionals as a one-stop shop for owners and Veterinarians alike to refer to. Please like and share this to spread the word and please use this poster on your own websites/ media.
#RAMP #RAMPregistered #physiotherapy #chiropractic #osteopathy #goldstandard #progress #therightchoice

[01/07/17]   We are now full until the 27th January, then I am away skiing 5th until the 12th Feb. If you feel you, or your four legged friends could do with a pre-season MOT, or any other physio needs, please get in touch as the diary is getting hectic.. thanks ☺️🐴🐢

[01/06/17]   After an early start and a busy morning treating some lovely horses it is time to get some notes done... Procrastination at its finest! This is the boring part, lets go back outside!!

[12/31/16]   Thank you to all my friends and clients for the support over the past year! Met some lovely people and animals and it has been a great start to my chartered equine and canine physio life. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2017 πŸ΄πŸΆπŸŽ‰


Objective assessment of the compensatory effect of clinical hind limb lameness in horses: 37 cases (2011–2014) | Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association | Vol 249 , No 8

Thank you Daisy Collins for a fab summary of this interesting paper. Concluding that horses often offload their lame hindlimb by shifting their weight forward, often resulting in what appears to be a lameness of the forelimb. Once the hindlimb pain is resolved via nerve block the forelimb lameness often also resolves without direct treatment or analgesia 🐴 #ACPAT #evidencebase #choosechartered #RAMP OBJECTIVE To characterize and describe the compensatory load redistribution that results from unilateral hind limb lameness in horses.


Great article discussing the biomechanics of the racehorse and pathology of back pain in equines! #ACPAT #choosechartered #racehorses #amazinganimals


Top tip from fellow ACPAT member... 🐴

Top tip for the day:
"Forelimb lameness will often show up more clearly if you trot your horse in hand on hard ground down a slight slope."


Clare MacLeod MSc RNutr Independent Equine Nutritionist

So true! We hear this a lot - carrots don't have all that much sugar in them! Worry about the hay! 🐴

I'm quite concerned about how many owners and vets are worried more about sugar in carrots than hay!!! Carrots are 95% sugar free (fresh) - 5 % or about 2 g in a 40 g carrot - yet hay can be 20% sugar ie 200 g in every kilo. This is Important if your horse needs controlled sugar intake. Stop worrying about 2 carrots and start worrying about your hay !!!


What does a saddle that slips mean? Ill-fitting saddle? Crooked rider? 'Round' horse or pony? Hindlimb lameness?

Great summary of saddle research trust's research into this topic, highlighting the need for greater rider assessment via chartered physiotherapists to maintain functional symmetry whilst riding!

#ACPAT #choosechartered #horseandriderphysio #evidencebase 24/10/2016

Exercises to Strengthen Equine Back Muscles, Reduce Pain

Some nice easy exercises that we can all do with our horses to help improve their core stability and top line muscle bulk and strength. These exercises have been well researched too and are proven to be beneficial in horses with and without back pain 🐴😊 Exercising the multifidus muscles in addition to daily training could reduce equine back pain.


ACPAT physiotherapists can often help animals with spinal problems hugely. Thanks to Fitzpatrick referrals for this useful guide for owners! #knowthesigns #spinalhealth #beempowered #choosechartered

Did you know that today is #WorldSpineDay?
We treat a range of spinal conditions every day, and to raise awareness of spinal issues in our pets, we wanted to share this handy 5 point guide to recognising spinal problems and seeking help from your vet.

The sooner spinal complaints are diagnosed the sooner it can be treated and reduce the possibility of permanent and irreversible paralysis. Pass it on!


A HUGE step in the right direction to ensuring high quality care for our furry
friends!! Please read this weeks horse and hound to understand the HUGE differences in training of various veterinary 'therapists' and what is being done to ensure everyone is working at a high standard - leading to better care for our animals! 🐢🐱🐰🐴

This week's Horse & Hound includes an article introducing the new animal practitioner register: RAMP (Register for Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners). This voluntary register is now live and has been developed with leading industry professionals and DEFRA to help work towards setting a gold standard of professional qualification and experience for all animal/ veterinary physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths. This is to help simplify the current market and to allow vets and owners alike to have uses high standard services they can trust. To see the article in full visit your local retailer or download a digital version via your App Store.
#RAMP #physio #chiro #osteo #animal #veterinary #equine #canine 05/10/2016

Nina Wareham's physiotherapy blog: Equine back pain β€” symptoms and diagnosis - Horse & Hound

Fantastic short, but sweet, blog on diagnosing equine back pain. Many handy hints for owners and riders to look out for! #choosechartered #ACPAT Our chartered physiotherapist investigates back pain in horses and how to recognise if your horse is suffering from it

[09/03/16]   Horse and rider biomechanical assessments today for active rider camp! #ACPAT #choosechartered #EBP


One of my favourite patients enjoying his TENS treatment to give him some local pain relief after some massage and joint mobilisations today. Enjoyed it that much it sent him to sleep 😍🐢


Great little summary explaining the anatomy of the front end of the horse, and how pain or alterations in movement lead to other issues in the horse! Unsurprising that most horses we see have some muscular or fascia my restrictions in this 'thoracic sling' region!

The horse naturally carries 70 % of its weight over the front end. The horse has no collar bones, and so the shoulders are attached to the body by muscles, ligaments and fascia known as the Thoracic Sling. The Thoracic Sling is made up of a series of muscles, all of which are involved in steering the ridden horse. If these muscles become tight and restricted, (as what commonly occurs very quickly if the horse at anytime develops front foot pain) the whole horse will be out of balance and the horse will be forced to lean towards the more restricted side, which is the cause for dropping shoulders (toward the restricted side) and floating out (away from the restricted side). Any compensation will quickly cause problems in the rest of the body. By the law of physics, any imbalance in the front end will absolutely cause a corresponding imbalance in the back end. This is necessary in order for the horse to remain upright and not tip over. This imbalance will not be helped by trying to "pick the horses shoulder up" by a rein, or "get them off your leg" by a spur. It can only be helped by releasing the restrictions that have developed in the front end.


Great to see a veterinarian taking theory into practice and asking riders to dismount if they are too large for the horses that they ride. This has been an ongoing issue in showing that appears to be worsening and glad to see something being done about it for the welfare of these ponies! The organising committee ruled that anyone deemed to be too heavy for their mount would be spoken to 06/08/2016

Nina Wareham's therapy blog: why horses and humans really aren't that different - Horse & Hound

When it's down to the bare bones (literally) horses and humans are not all that dissimilar. A concept I struggled to get my head around when first studying towards becoming an ACPAT Physio. Understanding the differences and similarities between horses, human, and canine allow us to adapt our human Physio skills to be used with animals. The blog from fellow Chartered Physio Nina Wareham summarises this well, and is worth a read to allow you to understand your horses anatomy a little better! Our chartered human and equine physiotherapist explain how your own anatomy is not as different to your horse's as you might initially think 06/08/2016

Signs That Your Saddle Doesn't Fit Your Horse

This article outlines key signs that your saddle does not fit.. they are not always as obvious as white hairs and uneven sweat patches. A correctly fitting saddle is one of the most important factors for you and your horse, and an ill fitting saddle can lead to pain in BOTH the horse and rider, which often manifests as performance issues! Watch for these telltale signs of poor saddle fit in your horse's body, behavior, and movement.


Great to see that the kennel club have altered the breed type for the German Shepherd. Hopefully this change in judging will minimise issues such as those at last years Crufts, and lead to improved longevity and anatomy in the breed!

With effect from 1 August 2016, the Characteristics clause of the Kennel Club Breed Standard for the German Shepherd Dog has been changed as follows (new wording is inside the asterixes):

Characteristics: Versatile working dog, balanced and free from exaggeration. ***Must be capable of standing comfortably and calmly, freely and unsupported in any way, in structural balance, whilst both rear pasterns are vertical.*** Attentive, alert, resilient and tireless with keen scenting ability.

#FitForFunction #Dog #DogShowing



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