THE FIRST STEP FOR HORSES
The first step in any request for treatment is to carry out a full consultation. Treatment cannot be provided without the vet having seen and diagnosed the horse but an examination prior to any treatment can be provided.
For horses this can be carried out at the veterinary surgery, Hartpury Equine therapy centre or at home with or without a vet in attendance. However any diagnosis or treatment plan will require that the horse is seen and diagnosed by the vet; then the treatment protocol is discussed with all parties and agreed.
Typically Liz will take a full case history which will involve discussion of the horse previous to the onset of the problem or issue (if known) and will then make an examination of your animal at rest, walk, trot and canter (if able). Where possible she will also ask to see your horse ridden or driven especially if problems are known to manifest under training or competition conditions. Once a diagnosis has been arrived at, Liz will work with the vet and any other appropriate professional services to implement a full treatment programme.
THE FIRST STEP FOR INDIVIDUALS
Individuals can be seen either at the client’s home or at the Hartpury Equine Therapy Centre. The first appointment typically takes approximately 75 minutes and consists of:
Completing a full health questionnaire
Taking a full history of the presenting complaint
Discussing, agreeing a treatment plan and initiating treatment
Agreeing subsequent appointments (which will normally last 1 hour)