Staff profile

Sue  Tracey

Sue Tracey


Senior Lecturer in Equine Science and Veterinary Physiotherapy
Course Manager for BSc (hons) Equine Sports Therapy


Having worked in many different equine disciplines including showjumping, dressage, eventing, hunting and point to pointers, I developed an interest in the structure and function of the horse. As a qualified British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor I was also very aware that the rider had a huge impact on way of going of the horse. I was lucky enough to work in two excellent stage IV centres and trained with Jo Ackland and later Jo Garside-Bates both of whom had endless experience and where I learnt an immense amount. Then, I worked freelance for some years teaching various levels of dressage and showjumping and also backing and breaking young horses. As a mature student I attended Writtle College. Whilst studying for my degree I taught equitation and stable management to the first and second year students and on completion of the degree I was lucky enough to be offered a full time role in 1997 working with Further Education students at Writtle. By 2000 I had enrolled on an MSc and specialised in Nutrition and Parasitology and progressed onto lecturing degree students. However, my passion for structure in relation to function of the horse was always with me and thus I began my journey as an Equine Therapist. I trained as an Equine Body Worker with Equinenergy in 2003. I was lucky enough to take many courses with Equinenergy including advanced massage, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, acupressure and intensive anatomy. In 2004 I began my second MSc in Animal Manipulation with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic qualifying in both dogs and horses and have since concentrated my interests on the rehabilitation and performance of the horse and the dog. I developed the unique BSc (hons) Equine Sports Therapy in 2008 which offers both a professional and an academic qualification. I feel it is very important that professional experience underpins academic learning and as a result I have a small and exclusive client base so that I can maintain my professional standards. I have also played a prominant part of the team who have recently developed the MVetPhys and the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy in conjunction with the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists.


1978 British Horse Society BHSAI

1994 British Horse Society - Stage IV Care
1995 British Horse Society - Intermediate Instructor
City & Guilds D32/33
NVQ Level 3 Internal Verifier – Equine
1997 BSc Equine Studies - Science pathway (first)

2000-2002 MSc Equine Science
2003 Equine Body Worker (massage)
2004-2007 MSc Animal Manipulaton (distinction)

Subject Areas

Physiotherapeutic techniques
Equine and Canine rehabilitation
Equine and Canine Therapy
Rhabilitation aids
Gait Analysis


Sports taping for performance and rehabiliation

Spinal Manipulation for body balance


Conference proceedings

Brown, E., Tracey, S. and Gowers, I. (2013) β€˜An investigation to determine the palatability of steamed hay, dry hay and haylage.’ British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting 2013, 16-17 April 2013, Nottingham, UK .

Lawrence, C. Blackie, N. and Tracey, S. (2010) The effects of soaked and un-soaked high fibre pelleted feeds on chewing times in the horse with regard to oesophageal obstruction British Society of Animal Science Annual Meeting 2010, Nottingham, UK .

Ellis, A.D., Tracey, S.V. Owen, H. C. (2005) Equine Science Education in the United Kingdom Proceedings of 56th Annual meeting of the European Association for Animal Production June 5-8, Upsala, Sweden, Wageningen: Wageningen Academic Publish .

Dunnett, M, Tracey S., Coats, J. and Lees P. (2004) (Melanin Content of Equine Hair and its Effect on Drug Deposition, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of Racing analysts and Veterinarians, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 0

Dunnett, M, Tracey S., Warboys K. and Lees P. (2004) Drug Deposition in Equine Anagen and Telogen Hair, Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of Racing analysts and Veterinarians, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 0

Hill, J., Tracey, S.V., Jones, L. Willis, M. and Ellis A.D. (2002) Yeast culture: Its role in equine nutrition. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Symposium of Biotechnology and the Feed Industry. 214-220.

Tracey, S.V., Dunnett, M. Redhead, M., Langridge, K., Wood, A., Kennedy, M. and Lees P (2002) Effect of breed and environment on mane and tail growth in a mixed group of horses proceedings of BEVA Congress, Glasgow 11-14 September 199.

Newman A M, Blackie N, Tracey S V (2012) Equine fore limb and hind limb stride kinematics: A response to dynamic stretching Proceedings of British Society of Animal Scientists .

Tracey.S., Blackie, N. and Ellis, A. D. (2011) The effect of a passive stretching programme on flexibility and range of motion in riding horses Proceedings of the the International Society of Equitation Science .

Tracey., S., Verwijs R., Whitaker T.C. and Bland. I. (2005) Social organization and dominance in relation to resource ascendancy within a selected group of weaned foals Proceedings of British Society of Animal Scientists, Applying Equine Science: research into business. .