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An initial bodywork session with Happy Horse Sports Therapy takes one hour. Follow up sessions can often be completed in less than an hour.

Kate will assess your horse – standing still, at walk (and trot if required) in straight lines, on circles and backing up. After assessment, the therapist will test the movement of each joint in your horse’s body, noting where restrictions in mobility lie. Responses to cranial nerve stimuli will also be recorded, for the cranial-sacral component of the session.

Osteopathic techniques (learnt in the USA and Germany) form the bulk of the session, with techniques from other modalities (including massage, stretching, myofascial release, Masterson Method, acupressure, photonic therapy and TENS) being employed as needed.

Why use Happy Horse Sports Therapy?

The points of difference between us and our competitors is that we’re thorough and we take the time. Having been educated in America and Germany, a HHST therapist has a different skill set to any other therapist in Australia.

We take the time with you and your horse to get to the heart of the issue. We aim to deliver the best service possible so that you can see and feel a difference in your horse straight away.

We care about your horse as if it’s our own and constantly check in with you to see how you and your horse are going – after the session, with the homework that was assigned, a few weeks later, after a competition… Our view is that we’re part of the team of professionals responsible for your horse’s well-being – it’s not a once-off, “take-your-money-and-run” session – we’re with you for as long as your horse needs us.


Payment is required at the time of consultation and can be made in cash, via EFTPOS or credit card or by bank transfer. Receipts can be emailed to clients for tax purposes.


A travel charge of $10 applies for horses 30-45 minutes drive from Thornlands QLD 4164, and $20 for horses 45-60 minutes away. The travel charge is halved if there are two horses in the same vicinity and waived entirely for three or more horses in the same vicinity.


For cancellations with less than 24 hours’ notice provided, the full fee will be charged. An invoice will be emailed for payment.


For instances where payment isn’t made at the time of consultation, an invoice will be emailed for payment via bank transfer. Overdue fees and interest on late payments is charged as per the Terms and Conditions of the consultation.


“When there is asymmetry in the body or limbs, there is compensation.
When there is compensation, there are postural changes.
Where postural changes exist, locomotion will be affected.
When locomotion is no longer symmetrical, performance and eventually soundness will suffer.”

Dr Kerry Ridgeway