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Physical Therapy for Horses


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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bettina Hoy
Foreword (for 4th edition) by Victoria Max-Theurer

1. Introduction to Physical Therapy for Horses
2. The Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System
3. Biomechanics
4. The Nervous System
5. Observation
6. Palpitation
7. Massage - The Art of Healing With Your Hands
8. Mobilizing and Stretching
9. Stabilization and Strengthening
10. Physical Therapy
11. Rehabilitation
12. Preventive Measures

Anatomy Tables (Skeletal and Muscular)

About the Author

Helle Katrine Kleven was born in Norway but lived in Germany since 1988. Kleven began as a physical therapist for humans before training in England and Germany to apply her knowledge to horses. She pursued work as an equine physical therapist starting in 1996 and is now well known for her popular courses and lectures. Kleven supervised the horses of the German Eventing Team and the Endurance Team in an official capacity from 1998-2000.


"Readers will find practical how-to guidance in the most popular therapeutic modalities, as well as cutting-edge alternatives that are currently gaining ground: fascia work, stretching, massage, stability and strengthening exercises, laser therapy, kinesiotaping, and much more. With this incredible course in preventive and rehabilitative techniques, horse owners and professionals will be thoroughly prepared to ensure their horses' comfort and well-being." --Equine VIP "With knowledge about the correct movement patterns, riders and trainers will be able to recognize how to support the developmental success and physical resilience of the horse, and can adjust their conditioning and training plan accordingly. This applies to all branches of equestrian sport, from amateur riders to pleasure riders to top professionals." --Bettina Hoy, Olympic and World Equestrian Games Medalist in Eventing"...a well-illustrated introductory course on massage, stretching, and rehabilitation modalities. [The author] shows why, to help your horse feel and perform his best, the best and most important tools are your own two hands." --US Dressage Federation Connection

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