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, Manager
Kerry-Anne was appointed Manager in May 2016 and is in charge of running our yard of in-patient horses and managing our student volunteer population.

Jess Lambourn, Assistant Manger with Horses
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.

Megan Rees, Equine Therapy Assistant
Megan is our Therapy Assistant with students and work experience and graduated at Hartpury in Equine Science. She previously completed a years placement with us in 2015 then became the Therapy Centre Barn Mentor for a year before getting the Equine Therapy Assistant role.

Izabella Motyl, Rider Performance Assistant Manager
Performance Izabella started by being a volunteer alongside her Fdsc in Equine Performance in 2012 she then became a casual member of staff which led her onto becoming full time in 2016 after finishing a master degree in Equestrian Performance. Izabella is now assisting with the Rider Performance centre and the Therapy Yard.

Fran Gorni, Barn Mentor
Fran is our Therapy Centre Barn Mentor who is studying Equine Business Management. In return for working for us for a set amount of hours she gets her stable free this is a year long contract. Fran was a volunteer with us for a year before she got offered this job role.

Merlin Perlo Research Assistant
Merlin has been at Hartpury since 2012 and has completed an Equestrian Sport Science degree. Since graduating he went on to work with Three Counties Equine Hospital for a year. He has now returned to do a masters in Equestrian Performance.

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.

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

Kelvin has been shoeing for over 30 years, and has been working with the Equine Therapy Centre since its opening in 1999.  He was one of only three elite farriers selected to travel to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and has been the Endurance GB team farrier since 1992.

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.
Sarah Price
Sarah Price (MSc BSC hons MCSP ACPAT Cat A) is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has specialised as a Veterinary Physiotherapist since completing her MSc at the Royal Veterinary College in 2004. She now owns and runs one of the busiest private practices in the region ( She specialises in the rehabilitation of horse and rider following injury and maximising equine and rider performance and biomechanics throughout the competition season.
Following veterinary referral, Sarah works alongside your vet as part of our therapy team to maximise your horses potential.  In addition she is able to assess and treat any musculoskeletal injuries you may have or provide you with  a rider bio-mechanics assessment and strength and conditioning programme to ensure both you and your horse are fighting fit. On discharge from the Therapy Centre, Sarah or one of her team can also continue your treatment at home to support you and your horse back to a full recovery.


John Campbell BVMS 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.

Becky Wall BVMS CertAVP (DI) MRCVS, Partner
Becky qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2005 and spent 18 months in mixed practice in Cornwall prior to travelling to Australia where she completed a 2 year internship at Scone Veterinary Hospital. It was here she gained vast experience in neonatal medicine, anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging.

Becky joined Three Counties Equine Hospital in 2009 and furthered her interest in diagnostic imaging, lameness investigations and sports medicine. Becky gained her Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice in equine diagnostic imaging and currently helps with many of the Scintigraphic and MRI examinations.

Outside work Becky is a keen runner and has recently started a very novice triathlon career! She also enjoys skiing and spending time at the coast in Devon and Cornwall with friends and family.

David Blakey BVetMed MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
David grew up in Somerset and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2010. He spent 18 months working in mixed practice in north Worcestershire before joining TCEH in 2012, initially as one of our House Surgeons and then, on the ambulatory side of the team. He has a keen interest in anaesthesia and wound healing, and is hoping shortly to gain a postgraduate certificate in Advance Veterinary Practice, with a view to continuing his studies in Equine Medicine. He is an FEI permitted treating vet and is one of our regular faces at Hartpury College.

Outside of work, David plays hockey for Gloucester and occasionally rides a horse mainly in the pursuit of a little white ball - when time and money allow.

Helen Mancey BVetMed, MRCVS, Veterinary Surgeon
Helen graduated from the RVC, London in 2010. She spent three years in mixed practice in South Wales before joining TCEH in October 2013 as part of the House Surgeon team before moving into the Ambulatory side in 2016. Her areas of interest are anaesthesia, medicine and lameness, and she's hoping to start her certificate soon.

In her spare time Helen is often found exercising her dogs Tilly and Mabel. She enjoys riding but has yet to find time to commit to owning a horse, but hopes to rectify that soon.

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