Before first treatment
Immediately after first treatment
After third treatment
S was a 9 year old gelding that had been getting cold backed and tense at shows. On checking his saddle I found that it no longer fitted him and appeared to be causing the problem. Immediately after the first treatment S was full of energy and cantered round the field before settling. After the second treatment S lay down in the stable during the day (which he had never done before) and was much more playful with his owner. By the third treatment he had put weight on and seemed much brighter. His owner was able to ride him again with no problems with a new saddle.
|Osteo-chondrosis diseccans – OCD
W was a 1 year old colt that had been diagnosed with OCD. His owner had been told to keep W’s weight down and restrict his
exercise to limit the problem. W’s hocks showed swellings up from time to time. Over the course of three treatments the
swelling disappeared and the owner was able to turn him out in the field, where he was quite boisterous. The swelling did not
recur and W received a further top up treatment after three months and then after a further 6 months, when he had been out
in the field for most of the time.
Loss of use of foreleg
T was a 4 year old welsh cob that had been sent to stud to be covered for the first time. When the owner went to visit her it
appeared that she had had an accident in the field and had completely lost the use of her near fore-leg. As she was in foal it
was decided that she couldn’t be humanely destroyed and she was brought home. This was May time.
I went to visit T for the first time in the following August. She had muscle wastage around the shoulder and pectoral area.The
hoof of her good leg was growing too long as she would not take her own weight on the problem leg to have it trimmed. At
the first treatment she did not make any particular response but during the second treatment a week later she picked up
the problem leg and stamped it on the ground several times. After the third treatment she would momentarily take her
weight on the problem leg however not for long enough to trim it. Her owner put her in a sling and had the foot trimmed.
Over the following months I visited fortnightly and then monthly. Each time I went she had improved, and was able to lead an
active life out in the field and her muscle tone returned. By the time she had her foal in the following May she was 95% sound
much to the pleasure of her owner.
P was a 30 year old mare who had a fluidy swelling between her forelegs about the size of a large orange. This appeared to be
brought on by a reaction to flies. Immediately after the first treatment the swelling had reduced by a half. By the third
treatment it had gone completely. (Photos on left)
Tightness behind the saddle
C was an 18 year old gelding who had tightness behind his saddle area and two raised lumps of tissue in this area either side
of his spine. He had a history of bucking even after his saddle had been checked, was always a bit stiff and had problems
picking up his feet.Within minutes of starting his first treatment he started to sweat and relax. At the end of his treatment on
the way back to the field his owner commented that she has never seen him move that well before. By the third treatment he
was moving much more freely and was standing more squarely on his hind feet. C was now playing with the other horses in
the field and the lumps had reduced in size.
P was a 20 year old mare that had been on box rest following an injury. All her lower legs were swollen and hot. At the end of
the first treatment the swelling and heat had gone from three of the legs, it was reduced in the fourth and this leg was warm
rather than hot.This fourth leg went down completely two days after the treatment. P was of a nervous temperament and did
not seem to enjoy this first treatment. The swelling did not recur and by the third treatment she was much more relaxed and
fell asleep during the session.
PLEASE NOTE: The Bowen Technique is not intended as a subsitiute for medical advice or treatment. I recommend that you consult your doctor or veterinarian.