How many treatments does it take to treat a horse?

This depends on the severity of the problem, but Tim likes owners to feel the benefit of the treatment and to report back after one to two weeks, when a further visit can be arranged if required.

How soon can my horse return to work after treatment?

Horses can be slightly stiff or sore after a treatment and therefore two days rest/grazing is normally recommended followed by a few quiet days gradually building up the work. Straight line work to begin with, no tight circles or jumping, certainly in the first week. Each horse is given a specific aftercare program.

Is it recommended that horses have MOT/check ups even if there does not seem to be a problem?

MOTs are highly recommended as minor problems can be nipped in the bud early. Sometimes it helps owners to assess if a problem is physical or behavioural. MOTs help to reduce time off work and to sustain the performance ability of the horse. Most owners have check ups before and after a particular season.

How long does a treatment last?

Treatments normally take about an hour, consisting of:

- Full history taken on a duplicate record card (for owner and vet)
- Palpation (hands on assessment)
- In hand (walk and trot)
- On the lunge
- Ridden
- Explanation of findings
- Treatment
- Aftercare and exercise advice

Is vet authorisation required before treatment?

Veterinary consent is required before treatment. This can be obtained direct from the vet as a referral or consent can be given via a fax once an appointment has been made.

What are your qualifications?

- Post-Graduate Diploma in Animal Manipulation using the McTimoney Technique
- Animal Science degree with honours from the University of Newcastle
- Diploma in  Practical Aspects of Com