Michael graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 1995. He had a practice in Harley Street and has also been practicing in Kent and East Sussex since qualifying. Michael is a specialist in women’s health and lectures internationally throughout Europe, Japan and New Zealand. He also established the first undergraduate women’s health osteopathy teaching clinic anywhere in the world.
After discovering a love of horses, Michael has taken additional training as an animal osteopath, with a special interest in equine cases. Michael brings many years of clinical experience and has been able to apply these skills to animal cases.
Michael said “I’ve always wanted to treat horses, but because I lacked a horsey background didn’t think I’d be suitable. I attended an open day and was so impressed by the incredible changes osteopathic treatment brought about in both horses and dogs , I knew I had to learn. I started learning to ride and general equine care soon after the open day in preparation for my training and absolutely loved the challenge. I’ve found working with horses an amazing experience; their grace, gentle manner and willingness to co-operate is incredibly humbling. I think I benefit from the interaction as much as the horses do!
Abbey has a love and passion for horses and has been riding since she was 3 and still rides regularly. In her youth, she did "a bit of everything" with her horses, from pony club events, one day events, hunter trials and dressage to trying polo. However, her main love was competing and she competed at County Level with affiliated working hunter ponies and subsequently small show hacks. She has a natural rapport with horses and dogs and a very calm, gentle manner.
Abbey has an organisational background, working as an Executive PA in London for many years. After that she successfully ran her own home dog boarding business for 8 years, which was a lot of fun, prior to going into partnership with Michael.
Abbey said "being able to work with horses, whilst putting my organisational and business skills to good use is my dream job! Horses are such calming and beautiful creatures and I have always had a love and affinity with both horses and dogs. I never get bored of watching Michael work on animals and to see the results he can achieve in such a short space of time is incredible. You can often see a change in the animals' expression and see them visibly relax when he treats them, because he has relieved them of pain or discomfort."
Experienced Health Professionals
In Hand Equine Osteopathy, based in Kent, offers a broad array of animal osteopathic services geared to address today’s most common equine injuries. We know there is no such thing as a "one-size-fits-all" treatment, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to your horse.
A Personal Approach
Our goal is to improve and maintain your horse’s overall skeletal health and to empower you with an understanding of your horse’s musculoskeletal health. Let's get started today on a path to your horse's life-long comfort.
Our mission is to provide you with personalised, high-quality care. We are dedicated to improving and maintaining your horse’s musculoskeletal health through preventative care and treating chronic strains where appropriate.
Training & Qualifications
An Equine Osteopath has to undertake a minimum of 5 years university training to become fully qualified, starting with 4 years to become a Human Osteopath, prior to training in Animal Osteopathy. To become an Equine Osteopath, they have to embark on a year-long specialist post-graduate training course in Animal Osteopathy. All Osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council to be able to use the title of Osteopath. Animal Osteopaths can then register with additional governing bodies for their animal work. They are required to carry all necessary insurances for both their human and animal work.
When should I contact an Equine Osteopath?
We recommend that all horses in work should be checked at least four times per year as preventative care and preferably every eight weeks for horses in heavy work or for competition horses. Additionally, contact us if your horse displays any unusual problems or develops different patterns in their behaviour, or are simply not performing at their best. Often “difficult” behaviour is an indication of underlying pain. We recommend a veterinary consultation prior to consulting us, although a vet referral is no longer required unless your horse is lame or showing other signs of disease or ill health. Osteopaths are now permitted to carry out treatment for loss of performance, maintenance and competition preparation without veterinary referral.