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Osteopathy and the Treatment of Horses

Anthony Pusey, Julia Brooks, Annabel Jenks

ISBN: 978-1-405-16952-3 October 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages


Written by pioneering and internationally-renowned specialists in the field, this text provides clinically-orientated information on osteopathy as a treatment for horses. It explains the scientific rationale of how osteopathy works in animals, as well as providing a detailed working guide to the technical skills and procedures you need to know to perform safe and effective osteopathic procedures.
  • Drawing on well established practices for humans this book provides details on the full variety of diagnostic and therapeutic osteopathic procedures that can be used on horses.
  • Full of practical information, it demonstrates how professionals treating equine locomotor problems can adapt different procedures in different clinical settings.
  • Over 350 colour images and detailed step-by-step instructions demonstrate the procedures and practice of osteopathy.
  • Covers treatment both with and without sedation and general anaesthetic.

This comprehensive text is written for students and practitioners of osteopathy with an interest in treating horses. It will also be useful to other allied therapists, and to veterinary practitioners who want to know more about the treatment of musculoskeletal problems.

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About the Authors.


1 Introducing Osteopathy for Horses (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

2 Horse Anatomy for Osteopaths (Julia Brooks).

3 Neurophysiological Basis of Osteopathic Medicine (Julia Brooks).

4 Making a Start in Animal Practice (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

5 Case History (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

6 Static Observation (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

7 Observation of Active Movements (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

8 Palpatory Examination of the Unsedated Horse (Annabel Jenks).

9 Palpatory Examination of the Sedated Horse (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

10 Osteopathic Treatment – Overarching Principles (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

11 Osteopathic Treatment Without Sedation (Annabel Jenks).

12 Osteopathic Treatment of the Sedated Horse (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

13 Examination and Treatment under General Anaesthetic (Anthony Pusey and Julia Brooks).

14 Post-treatment Care and Management (Annabel Jenks).

15 Differential Diagnosis (Chris Colles).


Appendix A: Safety Aspects for Treating Horses, Unsedated and Sedated (Annabel Jenks).

Appendix B: Referral for Osteopathic Treatment (Julia Brooks).

Appendix C: Owner Consent Form for Osteopathic and Sedation Procedures (Julia Brooks).

Appendix D: Information Sheet, Osteopathy in Practice (Julia Brooks).

Appendix E: Case Sheet (Julia Brooks).

Appendix F: Case History Questions (Annabel Jenks).

Appendix G: Static and Active Examination (Annabel Jenks).

Appendix H: Drugs Used in Treatment with Sedation and Treatment under Anaethetic (Julia Brooks).


"This is a very useful book for equine veterinarians on the use of osteopathy along with other traditional therapies." (Doody's, 21 October 2011)

"Despite this book obviously being written with an audience of osteopaths in mind, it is a useful reference for vets who would like to expand their knowledge in this area. . . any vet considering branching out and taking a course in equine osteopathy or chiropractics should read this book." (Australian Veterinary Journal, 1 March 2011)

"This is a beautifully illustrated book that is well laid out and interesting to read." (Veterinary Times, 28 February 2011)

  • Provides details on the full variety of diagnostic and therapeutic osteopathic procedures that can be applied to horses.

  • A much-needed resource written by a number of leading specialists in the field

  • Covers both treatment with and without sedation and general anaesthetic

  • Provides a working guide to the technical skills needed to perform osteopathic procedures