How to book/ what to expect?
Step One: Veterinary Referral
All horses are treated following veterinary referral. We accept cases for investigation and treatment of lameness, back pain and poor performance investigation. You vet may choose to direct your horse’s treatment themselves and liaise directly with the Therapy Centre team, or, if you are further afield, they may opt to refer your horse to Peasebrook for the purpose of treatment within the Equine Therapy Centre. To discuss your requirements please contact Centre Manager Kathryn Nankervis on (01452) 702123. We welcome direct enquiries from veterinary surgeons and physiotherapists regarding the use of our facilities and services.
Step Two: Admission
Having made a booking, you will arrive at the Equine Therapy Centre where our yard staff will meet you and help you unload your horse. Once your horse is settled in a stable there will be an admission form to complete, where staff record all the essential details regarding your horse’s requirements for the duration of their stay, and take a full inventory of all rugs, tack etc. you intend to leave with us. We ask that you bring your horse with any rugs they may need for the duration of their stay and their own bridle (and saddle if necessary). We ask that you do NOT leave headcollars, boots, bandages etc as all these are provided. You will also be asked to complete a consent form for the treatment and/or exercise that your horse is due to receive.
On admission you will be introduced to the Therapy centre team and given a contact number in order to speak to someone about your horse within working hours, seven days a week. Any treatments or exercise your horse is going to have will be explained to you on admission.
TREADMILL ENDOSCOPY CASES DO NOT NEED TO HAVE SHOES REMOVED BUT PLEASE ENSURE SHOES ARE SECURELY FITTING.
Step Three: Reviews
Our resident cases are ‘reviewed’ on admission and thereafter at intervals determined by the vet and therapist in charge of the case. Owners are encouraged to attend these reviews if at all possible in order to fully understand, contribute to, and discuss the treatment process. If you are unable to attend, either the vet or the Assistant Manager will call you on the day of the review in order to update you on your horse’s progress and discuss the treatment plan with you. You will also be told when the next review will be. Whilst there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ case; the majority of our cases are with us from 2-4 weeks.
Step Four: Preparing for discharge
When your horse is nearing the end of its treatment, the requirements for exercise and and/or follow-up treatment will be discussed with you in order that you can make any necessary arrangements for changes in your management or competition schedule. If you need any help in order to continue your horse’s exercise following discharge, for example, we may recommend your horse works in a pessoa but you have not used one before, our staff will provide training for you and your horse prior to discharge.
Step Five: Discharge
Your horse will normally have its final review within 48 hours of discharge. You will receive full details of his weight on arrival and discharge, details of his current feeding, exercise and treatment, recommendations for exercise and turnout post discharge, details of any shoeing completed whilst resident and/or advice for further shoeing as well as an appointment for a follow-up review if necessary. Usually, follow-up reviews take place at your home or yard.