Since becoming officially recognised on July 23rd 2011, equine osteopathy is being increasingly practiced across France. There are now specific diplomas to become an equine osteopath. Training to become an animal osteopath is considered the best possible training in order to become an equine osteopath. An equine osteopath is called upon to treat and relieve various ailments in horses. We welcome you to learn more about this specialisation of animal osteopathy.
This alternative manual medicine aims to diagnose mobility difficulties, organic pathologies and other ailments in horses. Equine osteopathy offers pain relief and rebalances the body through a sequence of specific manipulations. It is often used as a complementary medicine alongside more conventional veterinary medicine. Horses are commonly subjected to physical stresses or pressures related to equestrian equipment. This is particularly relevant for sports horses who regularly undergo osteopathic treatment in order to guarantee their wellbeing. When well administered, equine osteopathy allows the horse to greatly improve its dorsal mobility and general locomotive state.
The equine osteopath is a practitioner capable of preventing and treating functional disorders in horses. It can therefore act as a preventive or curative measure with the animal. There are a multitude of situations that could prompt a horse owner to book an equine osteopathy consultation. Here are the most common cases within the equine sector:
There are certain situations where an animal osteopath cannot necessarily solve the problem. In this case, they should advise the horse owner accordingly and direct them to the appropriate professional for help (veterinarian, blacksmith, dentist, etc.). Finally, it’s worth noting that a veterinarian could equally train in animal osteopathy and practice equine osteopathy. Further specialties, such as bovine osteopathy, canine osteopathy or feline osteopathy, also exist.