The Equine Therapy Centre

The Equine Therapy Centre offers treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions using a combination of the most up to date facilities, physical therapy and techniques in veterinary medicine. Since 1999, we have helped thousands of horses achieve their full potential, treating every case from out-patients to long-term rehabilitation livery and family ponies to Olympic medallists. Dressage world record holder, Charlotte Dujardin’s wonderhorse, Valegro, visits the Centre several times a month. You can find out more about the services we offer, meet our team and hear from our clients below.

For more information, you can contact our Centre Manager, Kerry-Anne Bourne, by e-mailing or calling +44 (0)1452 702123 

Our services

The Equine Therapy Centre prides itself on offering a range of rehabilitation services as well as routine veterinary care. With the support of Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP, equine athletes are in safe hands. Services include

  • Routine and emergency veterinary care from Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP - our resident veterinary surgeons. We have excellent facilities for lameness investigation on our non-slip 40m x 4m trot up, with 12m diameter trotting circle. Within the purpose-built diagnostic suite, examination can be made with the most up to date imaging tools.


  • Therapy and rehabilitation - the centre has been providing tailor-made exercise and treatment programmes on an in and out-patient basis for 14 years. We work closely with vets, therapists and farriers to ensure that horses referred to us are carefully monitored in their progress and that our facilities are utilised in the most effective way possible.


The mare had been diagnosed as having some minor cranial cruciate ligament damage in the left stifle and was treated whilst at Hartpury by Andy using PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection. She then underwent a controlled exercise programme on the high speed treadmill over the course of 6 weeks. Her development was supported by a muscle taping technique whilst working on the treadmill and the use of electrotherapy (neurostimulation). The owner is now able to look forward to the mare starting her ridden career. It is not expected that she will have any long lasting lameness.

Two-year-old KWPN mare Referred by Andy Richardson of Wessex Equine Ltd for controlled exercise following treatment of stifle lameness

Our facilities

The Equine Therapy Centre has extensive facilities which support the treatment of horses in our care. These include high speed and water treadmills – our Aqua-Fit water treadmill was the first of its kind to be installed in the UK - veterinary facilities and a trot-up area.

The Centre have a Sato high speed treadmill, an Aqua-fit water treadmill, veterinary facilities including an examination room where procedures such as nerve blocking, joint medication and radiography is carried out, and a 40m x 4m trot up with 12m diameter trotting circle.

Our resident cases benefit from a dedicated American barn with dust free bedding, isolated from the main equestrian unit. We have a separate treatment box where all our electrotherapy and Zamar treatment is carried out, weighbridge, solarium, indoor and outdoor Andrews Bowen waxed arenas*, off-road training track, Monarch horse walker and restricted turnout pens. Our undercover farriery area provides suitable surface and lighting for visiting farriers.


The Aqua-Fit water treadmill was the first of its kind to be installed in the UK. Water has a profound effect on the horse’s normal gait pattern, promoting hock, stifle and lumbar flexion. Contrary to popular belief, it is a much more effective rehab tool than training tool, as heart rates and lactate levels remain low throughout walking exercise. The Centre has produced research on the physiological effects of water treadmill exercise on horses and we can give expert advice as to how and when water treadmill exercise should be used as part of a treatment programme.

The Aquafit can be used very effectively as a regular part of the work regimes of performance horses, providing a low-intensity means of promoting hind limb engagement and a good range of movement of the back.

Sato High Speed Treadmill

The Sato high speed treadmill has a top speed of 35mph or 16 metres/second. It is used on a daily basis for the controlled exercise of our resident therapy cases and for the training and testing of racehorses referred for treadmill endoscopy.  

We get great results with our tendonitis and desmitis cases as we can provide a truly progressive work programme by precise control of the rate at which the speed, distance and incline is introduced. Large fans keep the horses cool as they work and a safety harness supports the horses during canter and gallop work.


The owner was experiencing problems with the canter and a general lack of power behind. The mare was diagnosed at Three Counties Equine Hospital in March 2013 with over-riding dorsal spinous processes and sacro-iliac pain. The over-riding dorsal spinous processes were treated surgically using interspinous ligament desmotomy and the hindlimb pain and dysfunction treated using a combination of sacroiliac joint injection and electrotherapy (neurostimulation). The horse was competing again successfully just three months after the initial diagnosis.

10-year-old ISH mare Used for riding club activities

Meet our team

The Equine Therapy Centre team prides itself on offering a range of rehabilitation services as well as routine veterinary care. Hartpury’s own staff are supported by Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP and a range of other professionals.

Dr Kathryn Nankervis, Principal Lecturer (Equine Therapy)

The Equine Therapy Centre is overseen by Dr Kathryn Nankervis B.Sc. M.Sc. CVPM. Kathryn studied Physiological Sciences at Newcastle University and Equine Science at Aberystwyth University.

Kerry-Anne Bourne, Assistant Manager

Kerry-Anne Bourne Assistant Manager Kerry Anne was appointed Assistant Manager in June 2014 and is in charge of running our yard of in-patient horses and managing our student volunteer population.

Hannah Slator, Equine Therapy Assistant

Hannah joined us in September 2014, having completed a BSc (Hons) in Equestrian Sports Science at Hartpury University Centre in June 2014.

Jess Lambourn, Equine Therapy Assistant

Jess joined the team in May 2016, having worked with us while completing her MRes in Equestrian Performance. Her research investigated the effect of uphill exercise on back kinematics.



Claire Gilbert MA VETMB MRCVS. Veterinary Surgeon

Claire originates from Worcestershire and saw practice as a student at Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP before graduating from Cambridge University in 2004.
Kelvin Lymer, Farrier

Kelvin runs a large farriery practice called Sandpitt Forge, covering Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire, specialising in remedial shoeing and trimming. 

Alan Bailey AFCL, Farrier

Alan is resident farrier at Three Counties Equine Hospital, working from a purpose-built forge and has been an associate in the practice for the past 17 years. .
He has been undertaking remedial farriery for the Equine Therapy Centre for 10 years.

Jim Slimming DipWCF, Farrier

Jim is a mobile farrier covering Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, regularly attending the Equine Therapy Centre to shoe horses residing with us for the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.

Liz Launder, Osteopath

Liz has been involved in the investigation and treatment of injury in horses for approaching 30 years and treats many of the Equine Therapy Centre’s in- and out-patients on a referral basis.

John Campbell BVM&S MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon

Originally from Northern Ireland, John qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1999 and is a Partner in Three Counties Equine Hospital.

The horse was diagnosed with over-riding dorsal spinous processes by Nikki Brown of Ashbrook Equine Hospital following a drop in performance at Grand Prix level. He was referred to Chris Rea at Three Counties Equine Hospital and underwent a interspinous ligament desmotomy at the their clinic. He was rehabilitated using a combination of high-speed treadmill exercise, ground schooling and progressed back to ridden work 8 weeks post-surgery. He started jumping again following discharge at 12 weeks after his operation and will contest the Sunshine Tour in Spain in the early part of 2014 as his return to competition.

Nine-year-old KWPN gelding Show jumping at Grand Prix level