Regenerative laser therapy

Regenerative Laser Therapy has been used in horses for a number of years with reported success in treating orthopaedic injuries.

Currently the AHT is the only referral centre in the UK offering laser treatment using the Smart RLT machine, which has the greatest number of documented follow-up of treated horses.

How does it work?

The Smart RLT machine delivers pulsed high intensity laser therapy, which has been demonstrated to aid repair and remodelling of ligament and tendon lesions, reduce scar tissue within and around tendons, aid normalisation of muscle fibres and function, have anti-inflammatory properties, promote collagen production and cell proliferation.

What injuries can be treated?

Any horse with tendon or ligament injury is a potential candidate for treatment. We are particularly looking forward to treating horses that have injuries for which we currently have no effective or long lasting treatment, such as suspensory branch injuries with periligamentous fibrosis, deep digital flexor tendon lesions of the fetlock, pastern and foot, chronic proximal suspensory desmopathy and proximal lesions of the accessory ligament of the deep digital flexor tendon. We are also hoping that RLT will help our cases that have multiple injuries and are therefore not suitable candidates for certain treatments, such as horses with a combination of hindlimb proximal suspensory desmopathy and sacroiliac joint region pain that are poor candidates for the otherwise successful plantar neurectomy and fasciotomy because of the severity of sacroiliac joint region pain.

Clinical research

Every case that undergoes RLT at the AHT will be closely followed in order to be able to scientifically document the effect of RLT on various injury types.  Results will be shared with the veterinary and equestrian community and will therefore benefit horses and referring practices.

How can I arrange RLT treatment and how long does it take?

We are happy to accept cases for RLT that have been diagnosed by the referring veterinary surgeon as well as offering treatment to horses that have been investigated and diagnosed at the AHT.  Horses need to be treated 2-3 times a week, for approximately 8-10 weeks, depending on the type, severity and chronicity of the injury.  We are happy to hospitalise horses for the treatment period and offer a rehabilitation programme (including exercise and physiotherapy if indicated) or treat horses on an outpatient basis.

AHT rehabilitation facilities include:

24 hour veterinary care

Coordination and strength training to prevent further injury

Remedial farriery

Rest and recuperation in large stables

Turnout paddocks

Full size 20m x 60m floodlit Charles Britton Geltrack arena

Claydon horse walker

Alternative treatments under veterinary guidance


If you would like more information about RLT please contact the Equine Referral Centre.