Equine Bowen Therapy

Equine Bowen Therapy (EBT), a less well-known alternative therapy, is a light,   soft tissue manipulative technique. It promotes self regulation and pain relief     by:

  • addressing the whole nervous system

  • releasing muscle spasm

  • relieving congested kidneys

  • stimulating the lymphatic system.

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A Vet’s view

Nigel Dodman, a veterinary surgeon from Radnorshire in Mid Wales, is qualified to teach the technique on humans and animals.


“No one knows exactly how it works,”he says. “But it can have a profound and penetrating effect on the animal.”


Nigel says it is particularly useful for soft tissue problems in the back or shoulder muscles or where there is evidence of imbalance, but no obvious lameness or internal complications.

“You don’t need a precise diagnosis because there are a number of moves which can treat a number of conditions. There are no known side-effects and the horses relax into it.”

And he says it can have “dramatic results in odd situations”. In one case Nigel used it as an adjunct to antibiotics to clear up a strangles case by promoting lymphatic drainage.


Conditions which may respond to EBT

  • Unlevelness, disunited gait or irregular action.

  • Uneven wear of shoes.

  • Muscle atrophy or uneven development.

  • Stiffness on one rein.

  • “Cold” back or sore back.

  • Sluggish lymphatic system or weakened immune system.

  • Uncharacteristic change of temperament

As the Bowen technique is classed by the Royal Veterinary College as a manipulative technique, a lay person can practise it, although there must be agreement by the owner’s vet.

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