Equine manipulation

McTimoney manipulation can benefit both competition/sport horses, and leisure horses.


Horses may require treatment for a number of reasons, these include but are not limited to:

  • Unlevelness, especially behind
  • Uneven wear of shoes
  • Sore or cold backs, uneven pressure from saddles or the saddle slipping to one side
  • Unexplained deterioration in usual performance
  • Asymmetry, such as stiffness on one rein, or a disunited canter
  • Unexplained resistances, such as napping, rearing, refusing, bucking, etc.
  • Uneven muscle development or atrophy


McTimoney manipulation can also be useful for:


  • Lameness after a fall or accident where alternative causes have been ruled out
  • Uncharacteristic changes in behaviour, performance or temperament
  • Limb-dragging or odd, irregular action
  • Recurrence of symptoms previously successfully treated by manipulation
  • Absence of any resolution of the problem using conventional methods
  • Rehabitition after acute trauma

What is involved in treatment?


As a qualified McTimoney practitioner, Rachael Jayne Barker will be working to develop an effective treatment, and follow up programme for your horse.


Each horse has a full history taken, to determine if there are any contraindications to treatment.


The horse is then assessed both statically and dynamically, and notations made of any conformational traits or deviations.


Palpation of the horse is carried out, working along the horses spinal column, pelvis and forelimbs. It is at this point any misalignments are noted, and appropriate treatment is discussed with the owner/rider, in relation to the horses work schedule, or events planned.


Treatment consists of swift yet effective adjustments, administered using only Rachaels hands. When adjustments are required to the pelvis it is nessecary to have either a surface (rubber matting or arena) or bedding available, to make lifting of the hind limb as safe as possible for the horse.


Following treatment, specific aftercare is offered. This is tailored to the horse, and aims to optmise the full benefits of treatment.


NB: Following pelvic adjustments it is recommended that the horse does not do any jumping for a period of 7 to 10 days.

Due to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order of 1962, treatment cannot be administered if veternimary permission has not been obtained. Rachael works along side veterinary practices to achieve the most effective treatment for your horse.


Rachael Jayne Barker

Tel 07792 255007


email: optimalequine@outlook.com

Business hours

Appointments can be made to suit your schedule. Please contact Rachael to discuss your requirements.


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