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Static assessment

We perform a full clinical exam for all new cases, including static and dynamic musculoskeletal assessment and clinical palpation.

Static assessment involves looking both at the horse’s conformation and posture. The conformation is the animal’s fixed anatomy and cannot be changed. The posture is influenced by many things, primarily the horse’s musculoskeletal development – strength, conditioning and training, but also the horse’s temperament, current attitude and pain status. Beware the popular before and after photos which show huge differences, many of which can be heavily influenced by stance and attitude (eg relaxed vs alert) and therefore may not be significant. Muscle symmetry is really important, and we always take time to ensure the horse is standing square on a level surface for this to be usefully evaluated. Dorsoventral balance, limb straightness, joint alignment and foot balance and symmetry are all assessed. These can yield important clues for the horse’s biomechanical patterns, areas of weakness, tension and current or potential pathologies and unsoundnesses.

***Equilibre*** Bespoke equine veterinary physiotherapy from a qualified veterinary surgeon and veterinary physiotherapist. Promoting movement through freedom and balance.

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