Amanda Sutton, founder of Suttons Animal Physiotherapy said: â€œWe have been the official physiotherapists at Blenheim Horse Trials for some years, and are delighted to be able to continue that this year, now that the event is hosting the prestigious European Championship.â€
However, very few events actually supply physiotherapists, but where they have done so, riders have felt the benefits for both themselves and their horses, leading to Suttons Animal Physiotherapy
attending many events with their private clients.
Indeed just two months into the eventing calendar, Suttons' clients have already had great success.Amanda
spent much of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials behind the scenes, allowing Tamarillo, the mount of Dorset rider, William Fox-Pitt to take centre stage and second prize at the event.
explained: â€œFit horses can get very tense and physiotherapy can help calm them down.Working with the horses prior to the dressage can make a real difference, helping to reduce tension and make them supple.â€
Often performance animals (the practice also treats dogs) suffer from pain related to chronic overuse, encountering problems such as stiff joints so, by using physiotherapy before, during and after competition, their pain can be reduced and performance enhanced.Amanda
said: â€œPhysiotherapy can help reduce the potential for soreness by the build up of lactic acid, but also help prevent any pain induced by the test.â€
...Amanda explained: â€œRiders and handlers often forget themselves, or don't have time to see their physiotherapist.