About Yorkshire Animal Physiotherapy

My name is Rebecca Walker and I operate under the business name of Yorkshire Animal Physiotherapy. I have been around horses from a young age and now they have become my life. In the UK I have worked and trained a variety of horses from general riding horses and performance horses to stunt horses. While in the USA I worked and trained ranch and barrel racing horses.

Throughout my working career I have always been very observant and notice small changes in the horses under my care. Noticing problems early and understanding how to manage them is the key to keeping the animals comfortable and willing to perform whatever task has been asked of them.
Also treating the problems early can prevent the problem becoming chronic.
I believe I am a good judge of animals and understand their behaviour well,
which is essential for a physiotherapist. From everyday pleasure horses to top level performance horses the welfare and wellbeing of horses is paramount.

I have had a lot of experience with dogs, as nearly every equestrian yard has one or more. Whether the dog is working or just as a pet it is important that they are pain free and enjoy their life.I have one dog: a young Labrador called Bracken. All my animals have ended up with me for varying reasons and I wouldn’t be without any of them. I understand how animals are important parts of our lives and that is why when our animals need help we need someone we can trust and someone that can make a difference. I guess that is why I chose to do physiotherapy, I strongly believe in its benefits because I have seen them for myself and I know what I do works.

I have my own horses, each of them special to me for many different reasons: Cowboy Jo my twenty-six year old quarter horse, Liesel my twelve year old Holstein Brood mare and Holly-May my home bred filly. Most recently Sandpiper, a thirteen year old, soured Grade A German warmblood, which I have bought as a physiotherapy work in progress.


Why use Yorkshire Animal Physiotherapy
I am a member of IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists)
I am fully qualified holding a BSc (Hons) Equine Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy.

I am highly experienced and confident with animals, having worked with performance horses including showjumpers, show horses, hunt horses and stunt/trick horses, ranch horses, young stock, stallions, abused and problem horses.

I am extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of animals from nutrition and management to training. I work with vets, farriers, saddle fitters, owners and instructors to get the best possible overall and long term outcomes.
I have professional indemnity and public liability insurance. I treat the whole animal, not just the affected area. I tailor my work to individual animals and their needs. All my methods and treatment are non-invasive.

All my work is conducted under a veterinary referral (either verbal or written). It is illegal for anyone to treat an animal without a vet’s consent. Most practices are aware of the benefits of complementary treatment for animals and will readily give their consent. (I will make contact with your vet, with your permission, and inform them I will be treating your animal. This does not mean the vet has to make a visit. I then follow the visit up with a written report. No veterinary cost is incurred for this).