Bowen for your Four-Legged Friends

Bowen isn’t just for humans, it is a technique that is spreading into the equine and canine health worlds as well.
Why wouldn’t it help the whole body naturally rebalance, repair and heal itself, regardless of whether the body has two or four legs?

As it is with humans, when one area of our fascia (connective tissue) is compromised or injured, it can have lasting effects in other areas far from the original injury site. And this if left unchanged, can potentially be lethal for horses. So how does a left hind quarters injury respond by rebalancing the right shoulder? Through the study of fascia, we have found that by releasing the unsound memory habits of the body through Bowen, injuries in all areas of all body systems heal themselves faster.

By using Bowen on specific areas of a horse or dog we cause a minute disturbance to their system, or rather, a rebooting of that system. The natural healing process begins and if needed, adhesions and scar tissue can soften, a previously contracted muscle group can then move and reset, while the mind and body figure out together what needs to happen next.

Bowen breaks the cycle of protection that is trapped in the body and nudges it into a healing mode. As with humans, true healing occurs at all levels: physical, bio-chemical and emotional. The pain that an injured dog or horse feels is not just physical, it is also emotional.
We know that there is an emotion in every cell of the body, thanks to neuroscientists Dr. Candace Pert and Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz, whose research has proven how the mind and body are connected.

The following organisations offer training in Bowen for animals in the UK:

School of Canine Bowen Therapy

This course is the second Canine Bowen training course in the UK and has been developed by Pennie Clayton and Madeline Freeman, who are both qualified to treat people, dogs and horses.

Maddy is a canine First Responder Instructor.
Pennie is also a dog trainer, behaviourist and BHSInt/Teach(regd).


The Canine Bowen Practitioner course follows a similar format to the other Bowen training courses, and runs over the duration of a year, in modules. In between modules students will have to work on case studies and written papers, all of which will contribute to the final exam. During the training Pennie and Maddy will work closely with you, observing your interactions with dogs and owners and be on hand to offer our support, guidance and encouragement at all times either by email or phone. We allow plenty of hands on time with the dogs by keeping our class sizes small, which also gives lots of opportunities for question and answer sessions.

The course will give you the tools and experience to go out and treat dogs confidently, competently and safely. You will learn how to conduct successful treatments, and how to work with owners, vets and other professionals.

European School of Equine Bowen Therapy

The European School of Equine Bowen Therapy has set the standard for Equine Bowen training in the UK since 2000.

This course is the only Equine Bowen Therapy course in the UK that has a British Veterinary Surgeon and Bowen Therapist on the team.

Beth Darrall says “The Bowen Technique is the most user (and receiver) friendly modality that I have experienced. It can be anything you need it to be; a sports therapy; a  functional musculoskeletal therapy; a hormone/blood pressure balancer; an aid to comfortable respiration; a stress reliever; and energy booster; the possibilities are infinite!”

Following many requests for a professional approach to Equine Bowen training, Beth started planning and designing a training programme for Bowen Therapists wishing to take this versatile healing modality to horses.

Her aim was to produce skilled, knowledgeable therapists who would work along side other professionals within the equestrian industry. It was vitally important to ensure credibility and respect that this excellent therapy so deserves.