Research Projects

Success for British Eventing Team Member in Young Riders in 2015.

Ella Hitchman achieved terrific success in the European Young Riders Team winning 4th individually and a gold medal for the team. Congratulations to Ella and Rocky who both receive Bowen and Equine Bowen Therapy with Beth Darrall.



Research Project

A client (a rider) rang after his regular maintenance Bowen treatment with the following news; he had taken his own blood pressure and pulse before and after his treatment. Before Bowen, BP was 131/78, pulse - 66/min and after Bowen, his BP was 89/72, pulse - 56/min. A considerable change occurred. This information gave me an idea - wouldn't it be great to be able to research and gather evidence of a similar nature on horses, maybe with endurance or competition horses, where a veterinary surgeon was present to monitor the changes as they occur.

If any graduates feel they would like to explore this further as part of their CPD work, please contact Beth.

Beth hopes to work with the co-operation of her local Endurance group in the spring to further this research project


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More New Research in Progress!

A Hartpury Equine Degree student has chose to research into the effects of Equine Bowen Therapy on the length of stride. Following a successful course of Bowen treatment on her own horse when she noticed an increased range of movement and fluidity in his gaits, she decided to investigate Equine Bowen Therapy further as part of her final year dissertation.

Click here for pdf file of the project in full...

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4 Thermographs showing temperature changes to the equine body before and after Equine Bowen Therapy.

Taken on 25th August 2004 at the Avonvale Veterinary Group, Banbury, Oxon by kind permission of Mr. Chris Colles, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS


Rusty before treatment ...


Rusty after treatment ...


Thermographs represent physiological function and its response to disease, trauma or environment. They are taken in a temperature controlled room - at a constant 23 degrees C, free from draft, direct sunlight and moisture.

Each colour change represents approximately half a degree C. The colour scale below the scan shows the hottest temperatures on the right. In the normal horse, the surface temperature should be within one and a half degrees over the whole of the trunk, the distal limbs are normally several degrees cooler. A warm stripe is normally seen in the mid line of the back, the muscle either side being about one degree cooler.

Coat length or density or inflammation of the skin due to local infection or trauma of course occur, giving areas of increased heat, totally unrelated to musculoskeletal disorders.

For the purpose of these particular examples, the preferred temperature for the horse is shown as a light orange to yellow colour. The reds, greens and blues indicate a cooler temperature and therefore indicates reduced blood circulation in these areas.

On Rusty, you can see the green area over the sacrum and in particular the off side gluteal and biceps femoris muscles, in the "before" or "pre" Bowen thermograph pictures. In the "after" or "post" treatment pictures, you can see the green area has gone, demonstrating a rise in temperature and therefore increased blood circulation in these tissues.

On other areas of the horses' body, you can see the lighter colours in the post treatment photographs.