McTimoney treatment for horses


What may cause a misalignment in my horse's spine or pelvis?


The causes of misalignments can be acute or chronic; misalignments may have resulted from a traumatic incident or they may have occured over time, often due to compensation.  Some common examples are listed below;


Acute causes

Slipping/falling when being ridden or in the field

Becoming cast in the stable

Slipping/falling during travelling

Landing awkwardly when jumping


Chronic causes

Ill-fitting tack

Poor foot balance

Conformational faults

Dental problems

An unbalanced rider

Repetitive/ strenuous work

Compensation from an injury/lameness


How can I recognise signs of back pain?


Uncharacteristic bucking, rearing, napping

Reluctance to work in an outline/hollowing the back

Reduced ability to extend/collect

Stiffness on one rein/reluctance to bend

Head shaking/tilting the head

Inability/reluctance to strike off or maintain a particular canter lead

Reduced ability to carry out lateral work

Lack of impulsion and forward movement


Beginning to refuse jumps, rushing jumps, knocking down poles, running out.

Loss of ability to bascule over a fence, or drifting to one side

Unlevelness/stiffness, particularly behind


Behavioural changes, lethargy, or grumpiness

Reluctance to stand square

Moving off when mounting

Cold backed

Lameness, where alternative causes have been eliminated by a vet

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Assessing pelvic alignment

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