What to Expect from your First Visit
Prior to visiting you and your horse, we will ask you to complete and return a case history form. This means that Eleanor can evaluate your animal’s current state of health and reason for treatment in advance of the appointment; ensuring suitability. It also gives us the information we need to contact your vet to request consent to visit your horse. This is a legal requirement in the UK (Veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966 – Exemptions Order 2015)
Initial consultations usually take 60-75 minutes.
At the time of the initial visit, Eleanor will review the case history document with you, asking additional questions as required. The information gathered will enable Eleanor to better evaluate your horse’s health and the potential cause of symptoms. It also allows her to understand your own goals and targets, so that she may work with you in a realistic timeframe.
During the session, your horse will undergo a full and thorough active examination process, which includes a biomechanical and gait assessment. This may be performed in hand, on the lunge or ridden (as appropriate for the individual case). After this a full passive assessment will be undertaken and further testing may be used to help rule out systemic or neurological components, if pertinent.
Eleanor will then discuss her findings with you and explain how these factors are likely to link as they manifest in your horse, leading to the current symptomology.
If appropriate, Eleanor will then undertake a bespoke treatment of your horse using a variety of appropriate osteopathic techniques adapted to the individual.
Homecare exercises/management advice may be offered at initial consultation as appropriate to each individual.
If treatment is contraindicated and veterinary referral required, Eleanor will converse with your Vet to ensure appropriate care for your horse is achieved.
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