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Equine Bowen Technique

Equine Bowen Therapy (EBT) is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique. It is believed that Tom Bowen initially worked on greyhounds and racehorses, having a remarkable result with one horse who came second in the Melbourne Cup.

This hands on treatment is not entirely new; many similar techniques have been used on animals in different countries and cultures: Acupressure, Shiatsu, Stress Point Therapy, Myofacial Release Therapy, Equine Touch Therapy, to name a few. EBT is an amalgamation of elements from established practices whose roots go back thousands of years.
All Equine Bowen Therapies are qualified human Bowen Therapists. This is vitally important to ensure that practitioners have a complete understanding of the Bowen Technique.
What is it and how does it work?
EBT is a gentle, non-invasive and effective hands-on technique which promotes healing, pain relief and energy rebalancing. Like the Bowen Technique for people, it addresses the whole central nervous system, helps to release muscle spasm, relieve congested kidneys, and stimulate the lymphatic system. It is suble and relaxing for the horse.
Using fingers and thumbs on precise points on the body, the practitioner applies a rolling action which affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
During the treatment, there are two minute intervals when the horse is left to rest, while the body absorbs the information given in the gentle moves, allowing fine adjustments to take place.
There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue. A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes and two or three treatments, usually at weekly intervals, may be required to achieve lasting relief
Conditions which responds well to EBT:

  • Unlevelness disunited gait or irregular action
  • Uneven wear or shoes
  • Muscle atrophy or uneven development
  • Stiffness on one rein
  • Cold back or sore back
  • Sluggish lymphatic system or weakened immune system
  • Uncharacteristic change of temperament or deterioration of performance.

  • Horses can also injure their backs by getting cast, pulling back when tied up, slipping on tarmac or icy roads, and from poorly fitting saddles or rugs. Many older horses that have been retired due to stiffness have returned to gentle hacking following EBT.
    Sports Therapist Jack Meagher says: "No athlete should have to wait to be hurt before getting help!". All horses will benefit greatly from a Bowen Therapy treatment; like tuning musical instruments to play a sweeter tune - your horse will have more elevation in his stride by freeing the shoulder and more power from his hindquarters.
    Equine Bowen Therapy allows the horse to perform his best for his rider. Likewise, by addressing any muscular stiffness in the rider with the Bowen Technique, the horse will appreciate a balanced weight on his back. Any correction of a horse's problem may not hold unless the rider is also in complete structural balance.
    As with many holistic therapies, the body is treated as a whole, without referral to named disease. Bowen Therapists will treat the complete body, horse or human, and not a specific disease.
    Always consult your veterinary surgeon before arranging Equine Bowen Therapy treatment. It is illegal for anyone to treat your horse without the veterinary surgeon's consent.
    Equine Bowen Therapy is approved by The European College of Bowen Studies; supported by Nigel Dodman, BVSc, Cert.Ed, Cert.Vet.Ac, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon and Bowen Therapist.
    A list of qualified Equine Bowen Therapists and information on training is available from:
    Beth Darrall   Tel: 0775 943 971