Sophie Pickard Equine Bodywork

North Yorkshire

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Bespoke therapeutic exercise plans designed to maximise your horses performance and comfort



Any excercise or rehabilitation programme should include; 

Removal of pain - pain has a detrimental effect on healing as well as your horses mental state. Pain can be a cause of a lot of behavioural issues also. Pain relief medication can be provided by your vet. However, massage therapy along with a huge array of alternative physical therapies including ice, heat, ultrasound, cold laser, photon therapy, megnetic therapy etc can all be used to reduce pain.

Restoration of range of motion - controlled exercise, stretching and massage can all help to improve range of motion. Exercises can be carried out ridden or in hand.

Restoration of strength - Strength is important for prevention of injuries and maintenance of fitness. Restoring strength at the site of an injury helps the injury to heal but also to prevent the injury from recurring. Strength is achieved through increasing workload via time or intensity but this must be done gradually and carefully.

Polework can help improve range of motion, as well as balance and body awareness. The addition of a correctly placed resistance band helps with overall body awareness

As with most things...Variety is the spice of life...


A combination of exercises is always advisable for improving fitness, condition and strength.

Here is a list of different forms of exercise to try with your horse:-

Polework - Begin with ground poles but once your horse gets the idea, raised poles are more effective at achieving increased range of motion in joints as well as improving proprioception

Hillwork - increases cardiovascular fitness as well as utilising a range of different muscles

TTeam exercises - I may advise certain TTeam exercises to help your horse develop proprioceptive skills and improve symmetry

Different terrains - Sand/soft ground, long grass (to increase step height) hard ground, rough uneven ground (balance and posture)

Lily demonstrating her improved proprioceptive skill using our natural obstacles

Book your horse a bodywork session today to obtain a taylor made exercise plan to help you get your horse fit, strong, conditioned and achieve your goals.