Jack’s Bowen Therapy Experience

The other night, I sought out a Bowen practitioner who was in the area to work on Jack. I had seen how it made visible changes in a friend’s horse (even during the session), and was advised that in his pre-MRI state that it was a good time to have Jack checked out.

For those unfamiliar with Bowen (as I was myself), here’s how Horse & Hound describes it:

Equine Bowen Therapy (EBT), a less well-known alternative therapy, is a light, soft tissue manipulative technique. Practitioners say it promotes healing and pain relief by:

  • addressing the whole nervous system
  • releasing muscle spasm
  • relieving congested kidneys
  • stimulating the lymphatic system.

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How it works


  • Practitioners use fingers and thumbs on precise points on the body.
  • They apply a rolling action which affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons.
  • During the treatment there are two-minute intervals when the horse is left to rest.
  • There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue.
  • A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes.
  • Two or three treatments, usually at weekly intervals, may be required to achieve lasting relief.



Jack’s session, which albeit also was a little interrupted by working in feedback on the other client there at the barn, lasted almost 4 hours. But we had a lot of findings as a result of this head-to-toe treatment, including:

  • Not using adductor muscles near stifle on inside right hind, which may be related to a strain up the leg near the groin
  • An old injury to the sternum which has some scar tissue around it
  • Fluid and angriness on ribs 14/15
  • Knots in Longissimus Dorsi in base of neck and on lower back
    • making him very guarded/blocked over his trapezius muscles

The hope is that correcting many of these things, we can create a horse who is less likely to compensate for his current injury (LF) by abusing the rest of his body. A hopefully more comfortable horse, with a looser body, will heal faster. And I’m all for that.


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