Physical Therapy for Horses

Physical Therapy for Horses


A practical and easy to follow guide through the different physical therapy options available for horses and the cutting edge alternatives – supports the horse owner in keeping their horses sound and at the top of their game by examining the anatomy and biomechanics with valuable advice on preventive and rehabilitation techniques.



In recent decades, knowledge in the field of equine physical therapy has accrued as different types of bodywork have steadily gained acceptance in the horse world. An understanding of anatomy and biomechanics, and a grasp of the variable options available to both keep the active equine healthy and rehabilitate following an injury or layoff have become integral aspects of general horse health management. Equine physical therapy expert Helle Katrine Kleven understands the need for a reference that supports the horse owner as she strives to keep her horse sound in body and mind, and at the top of his game.

In this highly illustrated book, she begins with a comprehensible introduction to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as well as an instructive conversation covering biomechanics basics, then explores the major areas of therapy in detail. Readers will find practical how-to guidance in the most popular therapeutic modalities, as well as cutting-edge alternatives that are currently gaining ground: fascia work, stretching, massage, stability and strengthening exercises, laser therapy, kinesiotaping, and much more. With this incredible course in preventive and rehabilitative techniques, horse owners and professionals will be thoroughly prepared to ensure their horses’ comfort and well-being.


Helle Katrine Kleven was born in Norway but lived in Germany since 1988. Kleven began as a physical therapist for humans before training in England and Germany to apply her knowledge to horses. She pursued work as an equine physical therapist starting in 1996 and is now well known for her popular courses and lectures. Kleven supervised the horses of the German Eventing Team and the Endurance Team in an official capacity from 1998-2000.

Book Specifications

Additional Information

Sub Heading A Visual Course in Massage, Stretching, Rehabilitation, Anatomy, and Biomechanics
ISBN 9781570769382
Author Helle Katrine Kleven
Binding Hardback
Extent 248 pages, 248 x 191mm
Illustrations 422 colour photographs and 38 colour illustrations
Ebook No
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