Chloe Mabbutt

Lecturer in Equine
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Writtle School of Agriculture, Animal and Environmental Sciences

Chloe is a veterinary physiotherapist and equine coach (UKCC2) who works in practice alongside her lecturing role at ARU. She has over 25 years' experience with horses, and ten years' experience in equine therapy. Chloe has recently starting to expand her practice into the canine field.

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Four Amigos Veterinary Physiotherapy website and Facebook


Before joining ARU, Chloe worked in higher education establishments including Hartpury College, assisting with large events and the running of the student yard, and Moulton College where she started her teaching career. She has published research on the effects of massage on horses, and aims to expand her research to agility dogs following on from work done in the equine sporting field.

Research interests
  • Complementary therapies – controlled trials on different supplements to scientifically measure effects
  • Effects of massage on equine and canine performance
  • Biomechanical impacts of different agility obstacles and their links to injuries in sporting dogs
  • PGDip Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • PGCert in Higher Education Practice
  • MRes Equine Performance
  • Level 3 in Animal Massage
  • UKCC2 in Equine Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Science and Equestrian Psychology
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Member, National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP)
  • Registrant, Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP)
  • Fellow, Advance HE
Selected recent publications

Mabbutt, C., Yarnell, K., & de Godoy, R. F., 2022. A short-term hindlimb massage programme can improve gait symmetry in riding school horses. Comparative Exercise Physiology, 18(5), 419-426.

Media experience

Your dog breed: what can go wrong? (article), Animal Therapy Magazine

Posture vs conformation – in the bones or in the stance? (article), The Horse Hub

Training aids for horses (article), The Horse Hub

Training aids: the cotton lunge aid – is it more than just a rope? (article), The Horse Hub

Lunging horses (article), The Horse Hub

Training aids: resistance bands (article), The Horse Hub

Training aids: the pessoa (article), The Horse Hub