Equine Touch Bodywork for your horse

Equine Touch Bodywork is the hands-on care of a horse or pony to address musculoskeletal problems or injuries. It is a form of non-invasive bodywork which uses gentle vibrational movements over soft tissue to encourage natural healing and bring about rebalance in the body. First developed by Jock and Ivana Ruddock in Scotland in 1997, Equine Touch Bodywork is now practised by vets and horse therapists the world over.

Just like taking your car to the mechanic to get serviced, it’s also important to get regular checkups for your horse!

How do I know if my horse is experiencing pain?


  • Muscle issues
  • Bucking
  • bolting
  • rearing
  • not bending or won’t flex
  • stiff
  • pushy
  • hard-mouthed
  • stubborn
  • dangerous
  • head-shy
  • spooky
  • cold backed
  • lazy
  • hard to catch
  • change of behaviour
  • reactive over the back to touch or brushing
  • girthy
  • refuses to hold up their leg for trimming
  • refuses to jump
  • refuses to go forward

 These signs of pain may lead to long-term issues such as muscle and top-line wasting, asymmetry and uneven muscles, lameness, sore muscles, sore back and poor fitting saddle damage.

Equine Touch can be performed on horses of any age and size, from a miniature pony to a Clydesdale, and is suitable for pregnant mares. Racing and dressage horses, performance and endurance, and pleasure and show horses all benefit from Equine Touch.

What are the benefits of Equine Touch? 

  • Deep relaxation
  • Physical release for hypertonic and traumatised muscles
  • Enhanced muscle recovery after injury or atrophy
  • Reduction in pain and stress
  • Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • increased circulation
  • improves recovery after competition
  • improves performance


An Experienced Equine Touch Practitioner


Belinda is a horse specialist and has been caring for horses, wildlife and pets for her own family and through her business, Belinda’s Natural Animal Therapy, for some 25 years. She qualified as an Equine Touch Practitioner in 2008 and has helped hundreds of horses at her own stud, and for clients.

Besides caring for your horse through Equine Touch, Belinda can identify many other factors which may affect your horse’s health, behaviour or performance.

  • Saddle fitting
  • Rider’s balance
  • Teeth care
  • Hoof care

It’s vital to consider all aspects of care which may be causing pain or discomfort, and Belinda has over 30 years of experience in applying this holistic approach, allowing you and your horse many years of health and well-being, performance and pleasure. Equine Touch is compatible with many other forms of natural therapy including Animal Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, chiropractic work, Aromatherapy oils and acupuncture.



Need some help?

Have a read of our frequently asked questions or reach out to Belinda below

100% improvement!! Very happy to have a ‘new horse’ after my horses first Equine Touch consult with Belinda. She is now moving faster and smoother out of rides, happier in herself and now calls out to me. Super pleased with the Results. Turned a non believer to a believer in Equine Touch. Just try ET!

Don Johnson

Bridport, TAS

Duke was ridden for the first time after Belinda’s been working on him. Wow – what an improvement! He was a totally different horse. No pig rooting, bucking or any other unruly behavior. Thank you so much Belinda for helping my horse. Highly recommend Belinda and the Equine Touch. 

Jemma Polglase

Pleasure Rider, Launceston, TAS

Before Belinda came to work on my pony with The Equine Touch, he would always hold his head very high & braced. He had a choppy trot and canter as well, after his first Equine Touch session with Belinda he is now chilled out and carries his head much lower and relaxed. His trot and canter are much smoother – he is like a New Pony! So happy with the Equine Touch and 100% recommend Belinda’s services.

Bridie Dwyer

Eventer Competitor, Longford, TAS

Thanks to Belinda for helping Theo out, the regular Equine Touch session make an huge difference in his performance at competitions. Theo came 1st in the 90cm and 2nd in the 1m on the weekend. He felt amazing after his Equine Touch. Photo credit Sarah Walker photography. 

Step Jolly

Showjumper , Rowella, TAS

Thanks to Belinda and the Equine Touch, my 17 year old thoroughbred who has had ongoing back pain and cold back problems for years is now 100 per cent pain free, happy and back in work!

India Woods

Westbury, TAS

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