Do you take vets referrals?
Of course I do. However if you want me to look at your horse without a specific vet referral then I still have to confirm with them that they are happy for me to continue. This is really important – most vets are fine with this and ask for a report to be attached to your horse’s details. This is of course, fine with me and I do it as a routine anyway.
Do I have to do anything special with my horse to prepare for the treatment?
Bowen needs to work on your horse without any outside influences. Ideally, you should try and organise your horse’s treatment so that it is not innoculated, wormed, moved yards, shod / trimmed or competed for at least 2 days either side of the treatment date.
Can I meet you at the yard?
Yes, of course you can. I am perfectly capable of catching your horse for you and treating it without you. However, there will be a small charge for doing so as it will take more of my time.
As with humans, it is ideal that there is no other type of bodywork for either you or your horse whilst on a course of Bowen. Your horse will need to concentrate on the work done during a treatment and other body work such as physiotherapy and osteopathy can provide mixed messages and dilute the effect of the Bowen treatment.
Do you travel to do horses?
Yes. There is a small mileage charge and to make things more cost effective I try and group visits by area. However, I am flexible so the best thing to do is to contact me to discuss.
What do I need to do with my horse after the treatment?
Ideally horses need to be turned out post treatment, rugged appropriately for the weather. If this is not possible then please give them some light exercise – walking in hand for ½ hr every couple of hours for example. They will more than likely drink a lot of water and they may want to roll and some might want to gallop around. Again, this is all very normal as each animal will react differently.
How is my horse going to react?
An interesting question. As with humans, every horse will react differently. We are not able to discuss a treatment with the animal and rationalise what is going on with them. I can only guess how they are feeling by their immediate reaction – for example their coat might start to ‘stare’; they might start biting themselves; and they might swish their tail and show signs of impatience.
Most horses settle into the treatment and will start to show signs of great relaxation – for example, their eyes will soften or their head will lower. They might also lick and chew and throw some amazing jaw crossing yawns. These are all signs of release and are all good.