by Sherry Scott MBE
An extract from her upcoming Biography.
As physiotherapy began to be recognised by the veterinary profession, we certainly needed more qualified people. I didn’t want to disappoint vets asking for help, but the cost of travel became an issue. Mary Bromiley had her physio centre where horses needing attention came to her; and also made visits. She was well-placed for the racing fraternity. Race horse owners are used to paying for training and keep costs. Normal horse owners and riders would put horse costs and their keep through the housekeeping budget (and costs were therefore not necessarily accounted for). If a horse goes into physio livery, you must consider mucking out, grooming, feeding, putting into and out of fields, even putting rugs on and off – all need paying for. So we price ourselves out of the market even before any treatment. Insurance will pay for treatment but not keep as that has to happen at home. New physios bear this in mind – we can travel to horses far more easily than they can come to us, but we need paying for our travel. This of course limits the amount of cases we can see. There is also the riding to be taken into account if stabled with the physio.
Meeting with vets – time is an issue.
I am sure I have spent more time in my life waiting for vets than sleeping at night. I have also had some of the greatest shared moments when together we have managed to repair what we thought would be impossible.
Seeing a well-known and loved vet being chased by a duck stays with me. Having a tree fall into the stable where I was working on a horse was a bit trying. The owner just disappeared; she said, “to a darkened room for shock”. The horse and I managed to get out (just). I believe we should make a collection of all the extraordinary and funny times that happen to a Physio. We will not match the Farrier’s calendar but it could be amusing.