The basic principles of osteopathy were established by Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 in America. These principles were later applied to horses, and since around 1950, they have been integral to equine therapy.
As A.T. Still once said:
The way is shown by the bones.
It should be mentioned here that osteopathy also includes the chiropractic treatment spectrum. However, I also want to warn against “bone breakers”. If too much abrupt force is used together with the physical laws of leverage, irreversible damage can very easily occur in the joints, ligaments and tendons.
To be able to perform osteopathic work, a strict knowledge of equine anatomy is a basic requirement.