An investigation into the relationship between rider pelvic asymmetry and equine pelvic asymmetry in relation to the use of physical therapy
Pelvic asymmetries can alter body mechanics which may affect performance.
Physical therapy to improve pelvic symmetry is increasingly provided for both horses and riders.
For horses and riders receiving regular physical therapy, the pelvic symmetry of both improves compared to horses and riders receiving no physical therapy.
This should be an encouragement to riders to not only look after their horses but themselves as well.
A preliminary investigation of limb coronal movement range in horses and relationship to pelvic symmetry
The lateral gait movement of horse’s limbs was sensitive to the symmetry correction of pelvic rotation
This may have implications when assessing and improving horse gait and performance.
Further study would be required with larger cohorts and effects over time to establish a relationship
A preliminary study to investigate the prevalence and progression of pelvic axial rotations among neonate foals.
The importance of symmetry and musculoskeletal well-being in the ridden horse is widely acknowledged
Pelvic asymmetries may be present in new born foals, or certainly develop very early in life.
Positive evidence of pelvic axial asymmetry from birth to 8-9 weeks of age in foals.
Pelvic rotation misalignment can be associated with reduced performance and lameness
Redistribution of locomotor forces to other limbs to off-load a limb is a compensatory mechanism
Evidence of a statistically significant relationship between the alignment of the pelvis and growth (length and width) of horse’s fore-hooves
Assessment of single horse and rider partnerships for misalignments and asymmetry of neck, spine, pelvis
Positive evidence of a relationship between the direction of the pelvic rotation of the horse and rider pelvic tilt.
Positive basis for further research into causal effect relationships of horse and rider asymmetries.
An investigation into the effects of McTimoney chiropractic treatment on axial rotation of the equine pelvis.
Quantitative assessment of the effect of chiropractic treatment on the axial rotation of the pelvis to reduce asymmetry.
Statistical evidence of postural pelvic asymmetry improvement with McTimoney treatment for at least a 3 week period