For the Rehabilitation department, we are very pleased to have met Kati Paakkolanvaara, who after years of experience at international showjumping stables, has now chosen to take care of the rehabilitation of our patients.

She guarantees optimum care of your horse. The intention for a recovery program is that it will be drawn up in consultation with the referring veterinarian. Daily monitoring of the recovery of the original injury takes place. The rehabilitation program and the responses are always discussed with the people involved. We have shockwave, laser and cryotherapy available for rehabilitation. VIA NOVA cooperates with excellent physiotherapists and osteopaths. We will soon also have a saltwater SPA for horses.

Laser (Sound Eklin Smart RLT)

Laser therapy is used to promote the healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles and wounds. This technique uses light with a specific wave length and intensity. If this light is absorbed by the cells in the tissue to be treated, it results in a cascade of physical effects that stimulate tissue repair. For example, the inflammation process is inhibited and the creation of scar tissue is also limited. In addition, the ingrowth of new cells, circulation and lymph drainage are stimulated.

Shock wave therapy

Shock wave therapy uses focussed sound waves that stimulate the metabolism and blood circulation at the site with the aim of promoting healing. This treatment also has an analgesic effect. Shock wave therapy is mainly used for adhesion problems with tendons and ligaments. It can, however, aid the healing process of a variety of tendon, ligament or bone problems. For an optimum result several treatments with an interval of two weeks are recommended


Osteopathy is a form of treatment that aims to restore the body to a state of balance. This balance can be disturbed by, for example:

  • A fall, a sprain or other trauma
  • A rider, who rides the horse one-sided
  • A young horse that has exceeded it's limits
  • Cramping as the result of fear, or a bad experience in the past.

The first task of the osteopath is to listen to what the horse’s problem are and then to identify where the problem lies. The osteopath does this by checking the muscles and the joints for tension, flexibility, limitation of movement, etc.

From this examination the basic cause of the problem can be identified. This is then treated by means of generally gentle, manual techniques.

No devices or injections are used in an osteopathic treatment; all the healing comes from the hands of the osteopath.

An osteopath uses a number of manual techniques.

By relaxing certain muscles, freeing a joint or manipulating a vertebra, the balance of the horse’s body is restored so that it can heal itself naturally.

The main advantage of an osteopathic treatment is therefore that a horse is able to perform better, and the owner does not have to worry about a possible doping test. Nothing is added to the horse’s body; the osteopath manipulates the body’s healing systems so that you can get the best out of your horse.
Er wordt immers niets aan het lichaam toegevoegd, de afstelling wordt alleen verbeterd en een betere afstelling geeft meer rendement.

Cryotherapy (Metrum Cryoflex)

In addition to cooling with cold water or ice packs, we also use cryotherapy. This treatment involves cooling a specific region at a very cold temperature for a short time using liquid nitrogen. It alleviates pain, reduces inflammation, stimulates circulation and therefore promotes healing.


A spa is a cold water bath with salt water. It is a very effective means to reduce inflammation in the legs and accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. Because of the hypertonic effect of salt, water is drawn out of the cells and swelling is then reduced. The jet stream in the spa adds extra oxygen to the water and stimulates lymph drainage.