Why to use McTimoney & Equine Touch

Animals also suffer back pain but unfortunately can't tell us and can show it in some strange and sometimes dangerous ways. What starts as something small can soon cascade into a much wider problem and a decline in general health and well-being.

Zara - Horse

In the horse symptoms can include:

  • rearing and bucking
  • bolting
  • stopping - rooted to the spot
  • not going straight
  • abnormal gait; toe dragging, abnormal shoe wear
  • reluctance to go forward
  • rushing (to a fence also)
  • refusing to jump
  • swinging the hindquarters
  • biting when girthing up
  • leaning on one rein
  • stiffness on one rein
  • prolonged lameness (after a vet has ruled out other causes)
  • difficulty getting up
  • decline in performance


This can occur because of ongoing problems (like a poorly fitting saddle/bridle, being poorly shod, an unbalanced rider or excess weight) or by one-off incidents like a fall, slip, trip, getting a cast or kicked.

Dogs can show discomfort by:

  • reluctance to walk, play or jump up and down
  • difficulty getting up
  • discomfort having to put head down to eat/drink
  • hindquarters swing out
  • stiffness
  • crying out or discomfort when being stroked
  • prolonged lameness (when other causes have been ruled out by a vet)

These again can be due to prolonged problems like excess weight, playing with tug toys or other dogs, pulling on the lead, racing, being involved in a car crash, training for agility or obedience which can involve great speed, twists and turns and always being on one side of the handler.

Dogs with hip dysplasia will arrange their gait to manage this which can cause other problems as can older, arthritic animals.

Using McTimoney I can help to alleviate the discomfort caused by spinal misalignment and using Equine Touch I can also help to alleviate the muscular discomfort which inevitably arises from this.

Miller - Dog