Who is Joëlle Steyt

If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you.
If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you.

Joëlle’s passion for horses is the key driver behind her practice. After successfully obtaining her Bachelor in Physiotherapy in Belgium in 1994, she moved to the UK to specialise in equine physiotherapy with several ACPAT members.

Joëlle was privileged to work 3 years full-time for Victoria Spalding, official British Team Physiotherapist.

Working daily alongside elite sports horses, trainers and outstanding equine orthopaedic specialist, broadened her experience and knowledge.

Joëlle completed her Masters in Science Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2006. This makes her the only Belgian Veterinary Physiotherapist holding a Master’s Degree.


Joëlle’s practice

An important prerequisite for a good assessment is the understanding of the biomechanics of all aspects of equestrian sport. This involves rider and equine performance as well as saddle fit.

This is why, after moving back to Belgium in 2010, Joëlle is continuing her professional development, focusing on rider physiotherapy, Pilates and Flexchair rider training.

Joëlle offers a holistic concept assessing and treating both horse and rider. Saddle fit is an integral part of her practice. A good fitting saddle is starting point to the success of any kind of treatment and training.

The result is a unique practice enabling to identify potential problems within equestrian performance and improving the welfare of the equestrian athlete.


Having worked in a variety of clinical settings within the equestrian sport, Joëlle could not fail to notice how big an impact a saddle makes to the horse and rider. The saddle is the interface between horse and rider, influencing the horse’s movement as well as the rider’s position. She experienced that she could help horses more efficiently by also adjusting the saddle fit.

This is how Joëlle became engrossed with saddle fitting and embarked on the internationally recognised Masters Saddle Fitting Course in the Netherlands. The course is of a very high standard and emphasises on the science and biomechanics behind saddle fitting for both horse and rider. Joëlle pursued her saddle fitting experience in the UK at the Cumbria School of Saddlery and with Albion Saddle makers.


Joëlle set up her own practice in Yorkshire in 2006. Her practice expanded quickly, and soon she was working with riders in the UK, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

The dressage world became Joëlle’s playground and she travelled on the international dressage circuit with several elite riders. This is where she learned the positive effects of in depth rider-analysis and rider-training.

She invested in the Quintic Biomechanics software and the Novel Pliance Saddle pressure system. These objective assessment tools helped her to increase her understanding of the effects of saddle and rider on equine performance.

What riders say


  • " Joёlle`s treatments have had a significant and positive impact on my horses in competition. I have used a lot of physical therapists over the years but I have never seen such a remarkable change in my horses as when Joёlle works on them. Cadillac loves her! "

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    Catherine Haddad-Staller

    International Dressage rider, Team US
  • " Joёlle is integral to the training and well being of our horses and sees them regularly to keep them fit and healthy athletes. Joёlle is a highly qualified physiotherapist and also a fully trained saddle fitter. With these skills and her general enthusiasm for the sport we feel she would be a great asset to any competition yard. "

    Maisie Scruton

    International dressage rider of team GB
  • " Joëlle is highly talented in her job and she knows what she's doing. She already made some big difference with horses at our yard. We are very happy. "

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    Stefan Van Ingelgem

    International dressage rider Belgium team
  • " I am a Belgian dressage rider and member of the Belgian Young Riders dressage team. My trainer is the Belgian top dressage rider Jeroen Devroe. Joёlle is regularly taking care of our successful horses. For the last few years I have been selected for the European Youth Championships together with Noémi Goris and Mieke Mommen also stabled at Jeroen Devroe`s yard. We all have had top results winning gold, silver and bronze medals at the Belgian Championships. Dressage is about the complete picture. Joёlle has been an important part of that team helping our horses to compete at top level. The horses benefit from her treatments. At the Europeans in Broholm I even received the `Classical Style award` among other things because of my horse looking like a happy athlete. "

    Tahnée Waelkens

    International dressage rider, young riders team Belgium
  • " Ms Steyt is a credentialed Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree from the Royal Veterinary College in London. She is also a Certified Saddle Fitter. In such capacity Ms Steyt treats high level competition horses of many disciplines in the UK and Europe. The services she provides are unique and valuable to the Sport Horse Industry. "

    Dr Gregory Staller

    DVM, Diplomate ACVS
  • " Reeds van kindsaf ben ik getroffen door het paardenvirus. Vooral de discipline dressuur is een echte passie geworden. Vandaag de dag rijden we op nationaal niveau richting Prix Saint-Georges en willen we telkens beter en bewuster gaan rijden. Een paar jaar geleden hadden we heel wat strubbelingen naar het zoeken van een passend zadel voor mijn toen 7-jarige merrie. Veel zadelpassers zijn over de vloer geweest maar elke keer opnieuw hadden we terug problemen. Paardenfysiotherapeute en MSFC zadlepasser Joëlle Steyt kwam toen op mijn pad en heeft mij enorm geholpen naar het zoeken van een passend zadel. Niet alleen het paard werd bekeken onder de man, maar ook de ruiter. Joëlle helpt mee zoeken naar een oplossing op alle vlakken, wat haar uniek maakt in haar job! We kunnen alleen maar positief zijn over de resultaten want nu, twee jaar later, loopt mijn merrie beter dan ooit. Ze heeft veel meer souplesse, rechtgerichtheid en werklust. Dat resulteert dan ook naar schitterende resultaten op concours! "

    Caroline Op de Beeck

  • " I almost gave up on finding a devoted, highly skilled professional with the welfare of my horses at heart, and not handling only in the pursuit of money like a lot of so called ‘therapists’. But then, some years ago, I was introduced to Joёlle and since our first conversation Joёlle has made me more conscious about teaching and training in a way that I could never have hoped for. The hard labour she sometimes does on the horses and riders is priceless. She's the no-nonsense type! Listen to her advice and accept your own and your horses' weaknesses and you will be gratefully rewarded! "

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    Natasja Van Den Bogaert

    Dressage trainer and rider
  • " Wij zijn bij Stal Vink altijd heel blij als Joëlle onze stal bezoekt!! Na een zoektocht gezien mijn paard onstabiel op de trailer stond, en ik me zadel ook niet optimaal vond liggen, ben ik in contact gekomen met Joëlle Steyt. Na één behandeling en een nieuw passend zadel was het trailer probleem snel verholpen. We zijn van de klasse Z2 nu een Lichte Tour combinatie en startgerechtigd in de intermediaire. En is me paard rechter, sterker en fijner dan ooit. Ik en me topper We’ll See, maar ook zeker mijn leerlingen, zijn dan ook zeer tevreden over Joëlle der hulp, der luistert oor en al haar advies. Om zo nog beter te presteren, maar zeker ook om onze paarden gezond te houden. Zowel voor de professionele maar zeker ook voor de amateur ruiter-paard een grote aanrader!! "

    Margretha Vink

    Stal Vink, Groede, Nederland

A taste of ...


20 years of experience treating sports horses & riders at national and international level.


  • Bachelor in Physiotherapy
  • PgDip Animal Physiotherapy
  • Master in Science Degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy
  • PgDip Master Saddle Fitting consultant


  • Physiotherapist
  • Equine Physiotherapist ACPAT cat A
  • MSFC Saddle fitting consultant
  • Official Albion retailer in Belgium
  • Flexchair trainingpoint
  • Pilates instructor


  • Functional equine biomechanics, JP Pailloux, Rouen, France
  • Manipulations of the spine, Belgian school of Osteopathy, Gent
  • Functional assesment of the equestrian athlete, ARI, Florida, VS
  • Equine rehabilition with Narelle Stubbs, ARI, Florida, VS
  • Flexchair-training, Veldon, Utrecht, NL
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation 4xT method, FysioPhysics, Utrecht, NL
  • Perfect Pilates, Utrecht, NL

Training & Internship

  • Animal Physiotherapy with Sherry Scott & John Warwick, N.A.A.T, UK
  • ACPAT carb training with Amanda Sutton Brittish team physiotherapist
  • ACPAT carb training with Maggie Turner McTimony Chiropractor
  • Equine Chiropractic techniques, Daniël Kamen, The well adjusted horse, VS
  • Low heel/high heel syndrome with Dr Kerry Ridgway, UK
  • Quintic biomechanics analysis, Centaur Biomechanics, UK
  • Saddle flocking and repairs, Cumbria School of Saddlery, UK
  • Precision saddlefitting, Albion saddlemakers, UK
  • Novel Pliance pressurmat training, Mark Fisher, UK