The Road to Recovery: Rehab for the Horse’s Upper-Body

In the first of this two-part series, we’ll explore full-body rehabilitation options, from the horse’s head to tail.
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The Road to Recovery, Part 1
Back and neck pain can be just as debilitating as limb pain. Thankfully, therapies ranging from shock wave to acupuncture are available to help horses recover. | Photo: Alexandra Beckstett/The Horse

Rehabilitation options for upper-body pain and injury

When you think of lameness, limb pain is likely the first cause to come to mind. Yet back, neck, and pelvic pain can be just as debilitating. Thankfully, therapies ranging from shock wave to acupuncture are available to help horses recover. 

In the first of this two-part series, we’ll explore full-body rehabilitation options; in Part 2 we’ll focus solely on the limbs.

A Multifocal Approach

Upper-body rehabilitation is rarely limited to one problem with one solution: Horses might be suffering from multiple problems, and several therapies can overlap during the course of ­treatment

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Freelance journalist Natalie DeFee Mendik is a multiple American Horse Publications editorial and graphics awards winner specializing in equestrian media. She holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an International Federation of Journalists’ International press card, and is a member of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists. With over three decades of horse experience, Natalie’s main equine interests are dressage and vaulting. Having lived and ridden in England, Switzerland, and various parts of the United States, Natalie currently resides in Colorado with her husband and two girls.

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