ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist providing specialist physiotherapy care for horse and rider




Equine Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy can help your horse by relieving pain, increasing mobility, promoting healing and can help to achieve and maintain optimal performance levels. Often horses only display subtle signs of pain or discomfort such as a change in behaviour, a change in performance, stiffness or a change in their normal movement pattern.


Rider Physiotherapy

As the horse and rider is a partnership, any stiffness or pain in the rider will have an affect on how the horse moves and vice versa. Maeve is an expert at assessing where the issue lies in the partnership and treating this to ensure the optimum performance from both horse and rider.


Activate Your Seat

A physio designed and led exercise programme specifically for horse riders. There is little point in having a strong core if it sits on a foundation of weak hips and pelvis! This exercise programme, working into the resistance of the butt bungi, targets the seat muscles and will lead to a more secure seat, a more supple and stronger seat and ultimately a more independent seat.

As a Chartered Physiotherapist, I adhere to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy's regulations and standards of practice and have professional and public liability insurance. 


What I Do

Maeve Sheridan is an ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist based in Edinburgh, providing specialist horse and rider physiotherapy assessment and treatment in central Scotland.

Animals, like people, respond to physiotherapy. The purpose of physiotherapy is to restore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance.

Physiotherapy treatments used by Maeve include:

  • Exercises – to improve strength, stability, flexibility and balance, both during the treatment sessions and an individually tailored exercise programme to be done at home.

  • Manual therapy – may include soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilisation, massage and myofascial release techniques.

  • Electrotherapy - may include electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and pulsed magnetic therapy.

  • Advice – on how to manage and improve the condition and adaptations to the home environment to help your horse.


Activate Your Seat

A physiotherapy designed and led exercise programme specifically for horse riders.

A rider's job is to absorb the natural movement of the horse, and to give aids through their seat to control and enhance this movement. The rider's pelvis and hips are the interface between the partnership yet most rider specific exercise programmes seem to only target the abdominals. There is little point in having a strong core if it sits on a foundation of weak hips and pelvis!

This exercise programme, working into the resistance of the butt bungi, targets the muscles of the seat and will lead to a more secure seat, a more supple and stronger seat and ultimately a more independent seat.

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 Questions often asked


If there is a question that you have that is answered below, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


The equine assessment involves discussion with the owner regarding the horse's history, routine and any specific issues. Then Maeve will assess the horse's posture, comformation and muscle tone before moving onto a movement assessment. Movement assessment will involve walk and trot in a straight line and tight circles at walk. On occasion it will be neccessary to see the horse lunged and/or ridden. Then Maeve will carry out a full palpatory assessment looking for changes in muscle tone, pain reactions, joint range of movement, etc. Problem areas are then identified and a treatment plan is made, treatment will be carried out, and appropriate exercises and advice will be given.

Maeve is registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the Heath and Care Professions Council (HCPC), is a Category A member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) and is a member of the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practicioners (RAMP). These member bodies ensure regulated practice and up to date continued professional development. Maeve has full professional and public liability insurance coverage to assess and treat horses and riders and to take students for placement days.
Veterinary physiotherapy is covered by most insurance companies.

This is a standard legal requirement for all veterinary physiotherapists and musculoskeletal practicioners and anyone treating your horse without veterinary consent is breaking the law. Maeve has a close working relationship with all equine vets and farriers in her area, and this collaborative multidisciplinary approach benefits the horse and the owner.

As a Chartered Physiotherapist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of horse and rider, Maeve has developed an assessment screening process to reveal a rider's imbalances and cheats. Through a series of functional movement tests, breathing assessment and strength and stability tests, Maeve can highlight where any weaknesses, tightness or restrictions are and then uses a sequenced series of neuromuscular activation treatments to make instant, measurable changes to muscle length, strength and function. Each rider will then receive a personal, tailored exercise programme.

Payment can be by cash, cheque or bank transfer. All payments are due on the day of the appointment.

Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel or change your appointment. Cancellations with less than 48 hours of notice may be charged for the full appointment.