Susan Ryrie Therapies

Gentle Touch Complementary Care         077 7580 8314

Equine Bowen Therapy

Does your horse suffer from any of these?

Stiffness on one rein

Inability to round

Difficult canter strike-off on one leg

Reduced stride length


Refusing at jumps

Knocking down jumps

Fidgeting when girthed, or being mounted

All of these could be signs that your horse is suffering discomfort or pain from stiff, tight muscles.

Has your horse ...

just had a dental visit?

been on box rest?

suffered a recent injury?

become reluctant to work?

become irritable?

All of these are times when it is advisable to support correct posture by balancing muscle tension throughout the body.

About Equine Bowen Therapy

Equine Bowen Therapy can help reduce muscle tension and provide relief from physical pain and discomfort.

Equine Bowen Therapy can improve performance.

Equine Bowen Therapy can help with some behavioral problems.

Equine Bowen Therapy is carried out at your own yard.

Each session lasts approximately 1 hour.

Your horse should have the following day off work (or 3 days if it is their first session).

We must inform your vet, and obtain their consent, before proceeding with the therapy.


Balancing muscle tension.

Every Bowen session works on all these muscles ... and often a few more besides!

  • biceps brachii
  • biceps femoris
  • brachiocephalicus
  • deltoid
  • gastrocnemius
  • gluteals
  • hamstrings
  • intercostals and abdominals
  • latissimus dorsi
  • longissimus dorsi
  • rhomboid
  • sartorius
  • gracilis
  • splenius
  • subclavius
  • tensor fascia latae
  • trapezius
  • triceps brachii

The muscles must have the correct tension to support the bones and joints in their correct positions, and allow correct movement.

Bowen therapy helps the body restore the correct balance of tension to the muscles.

Bowen as part of day to day care.

I use muscle release therapy as part of day to day care in just the same way as I use regular foot care, dental care, vaccination and tack check. As a guide, 2 - 4 sessions each year might be typical, but this will depend on the needs of the individual horse and the type of work they do.

Bowen after injury.

This is a time when it is particularly important to support good posture, release muscle stiffness or spasm, and prevent patterns of 'compensation' from becoming established. The sooner after an injury it is possible to arrange for some therapy, the better - but always subject to veterinary approval. Bowen therapy can also be very relaxing and help soothe the horse and reduce stress.

Bowen during and after box rest.

Relaxing therapy can help the horse cope with the stresses of box rest, and promote healing through increase of blood supply to tthe muscles. Bowen can also help as the horse returns to work, keeping muscles soft and functioning well as they regain strength.

Bowen for behavioral problems.

There are many possible causes of behavioral problems. These include pain and discomfort; for horses for whom this is the case, Bowen can help by removing the cause of the problem.

Bowen for ridden work.

Stiff or sore muscles can make it difficult for a horse to perform certain actions, such as striking off on one particular canter lead, or making an effective jump. Regular maintenance of muscle health can prevent these types of frustrations for horse and rider, and allow both to enjoy their work together. Many clients are able to tell when to book the next session for their horse because they can feel an reduction in their horse's performance.

Bowen for young horses.

Many horses start working at around 3 or 4 years of age. However, their musculo-skeletal system continues to develop and they may not reach physical maturity until around 6 or 7 years old. This is a time when they are particularly vulnerable, adapting their balance to be able to carry the weight of the rider effectively, and building up strength. Appropriate care of their muscle health at this time can be a good insurance in helping to give them the best chance of a long and successful ridden career.

Bowen for the rider.

If you long to have better balance, to be able to sit more deeply in the saddle, or to be able to achieve a more relaxed porture, then it may be worth investing in some therapy for yourself as well. Rider balance can effect the horse's performance. But it can work the other way as well; some clients know both they and their horse need therapy when they start to develop unusual aches and pains after riding. This could be because the horse is a little sore, and is pushing the weight of the rider more to one side in an attempt to protect certain muscles.

Themed visits to children's ponies.

I am keen to help children understand and relate to the process of therapy for their pony. To do this, I have assembled activity packs that are included free of charge with each visit to a child's pony.

All packs are subject to availability, and contents may vary.

Muscle Magic 

Learn more about the antomy of the horse.

The Muscle Magic pack includes anatomy charts and stickers, as well as an anatomy colouring book.

Pony Pamper

Continue the spa session and pony makeover!

Contents will vary according to availability, but might typically include any of the following :

pony sparkle spray

pony glitter gel

sparkle healing hoof balm

crystal mane and tail twists

mane and tail chalk

get in touch :

07775 808314