As with any therapy there are always questions that you need answered before you commit yourself. Below are some of the most frequently asked—they are not exhaustive so please feel free to ask if you have any further doubts.
Yes, in April 2000 the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons made a provision that under their direction horses can be treated by qualified practitioners for all kinds of manipulative therapy including Bowen Technique.
This depends on the life your horse leads. Once the initial treatments have been carried out (1-3 over 1-2 weeks) treatments can be carried out weekly, monthly or when required.
Yes, most horses enjoy the treatment and with a haynet to nibble on relax quite quickly. The fidgety nature of your horse may be down to some imbalance that is making him uncomfortable, so the treatment should be tried.
Ideally no, the horse should be given the chance to move freely immediately after the treatment; this is when much of the self-healing work is done. Being turned out for the rest of the day will do him the best. If however, you have to ride then keep the movement as free as possible. Work can be increased to normal levels within a couple of days.
As soon as possible, this will make sure that any injuries he has suffered are being mended quickly.
During the treatment your horse might sigh, yawn, lick, chew etc—these are perfectly normal. However, if there is a major trauma you might see more dramatic reactions such as stiffness, coughing, nasal discharge etc. These are all perfectly normal and show that the body is realigning itself. In the day or two after a treatment the urine and/or droppings might change colour or smell—this is the release of built up toxins within the body—just try not to be the one mucking out the next day!
No, there are no known contra-indications.
Yes, to ensure that the treatment is appropriate for your horse you should tell your vet that he/she is going to have a Bowen treatment. I an not treat a horse until you have agreement with your vet, which can just be a phone call if your horse is healthy.