Equine Osteopathy is a holistic, manual and very soft treatment. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still founded the art of osteopathic treatments in the 18th century in the US. The french equine vet Dr. Giniaux transferred this art to equines.
Osteopathic treatment requires a deep knowledge about the equine body and foremost its anatomy and biomechanics. Its goal is, to not only treat the obvious symptoms, but search for root causes. Therefore, a disfunction shown as a lameness does not necessarily have its cause in the very same leg.
For deciding for the right treatment for the patient, the therapist will observe the whole body, search with his eye for unusual patterns in the body, use his hands to feel into the body and its structures and his knowledge for connecting both.
Osteopathy is always soft and without any force. The holistic approach of body, mind and spirit as a whole is the guideline for both, Osteopathy and Academic Art of Riding. Therefore, these two are so much adding to each other.
Osteopathy cannot and want not replace a classical veterinarian treatment and support, especially in akut states of injuries, open wound, brocken bones etc. But it can work as a prevention, and it can add the healing process.
I do connect osteopathy with classical muscle massages, TCM (Traditionel Chinese Medicine) and Akupunktur.