With the Eventing season now well underway, we are starting to speak to more people about related injuries. Common injuries in event horses range from bumps and bruises to torn tendons and damaged joints, with less frequent but no less serious problems including fractures and trauma to the structures of the hoof. Due to the very varied musculoskeletal requirements of eventing, there is also the potential for damage to the limb ligaments, degenerative changes to the structure of the skeleton and tears to muscle groups almost anywhere in the horse's body.
Managing both the ... Read More
The season is here, which means it's time to start preparing your horse for the demands of competition, if you haven't already done so. Besides the obvious need to primp and preen your horse, it is important to think about internally preparing it with appropriate supplementation for support through the season.
Showing and competition pressure, together with increased travel and new environments, produces heightened nerves and flightiness which can affect your horse’s performance and health. To counter this, forward-thinking is essential. Perhaps you and your horse have seen many show seasons and have a ... Read More
Magnesium based calmers are by far the most common in the equine supplements market, yet experience from client feedback tells us that magnesium fails in far more horses than they help. A small trial we conducted in 2008 suggested that magnesium calmers will only work in approximately 25% of horses – a pretty high failure rate!
So, why are magnesium calmers the market leaders? Probably because they work better than the other calmers on the market based around ingredients such as tryptophan, B group vitamins and herbs. Surely there must be something more effective? ... Read More
What is massage therapy and when is it needed?
Did you know that muscle tension is one of the most common causes of poor performance in horses? This can be caused by a number of different things, including high levels of work, periods of box rest, travelling, and following bouts of injury or back complaint.
By reducing tension and improving the flexibility, mobility and relaxation of the muscles, your horse is less likely to show signs of stiffness, hollowness, shortened stride or, in more extreme cases, rearing up and bucking. Injury and muscle fatigue ... Read More
The ArcEquine delivery unit is light, portable and simple to use. No specialist training is required. Simply attach the delivery unit to the leg strap and select from the pre-programmed options using the two buttons. Once programmed, place the strap on the horse's leg, and it will run for 3 hours.
Attach the strap with the unit positioned to the side of the cannon bone
Do not strap to an injured leg
Do not over tighten
Rotate leg strap between sound legs for 3 hours each day
The ArcEquine is very simple to use and has ... Read More
With the lighter evenings and the occasional sunshine most of us are finding a little more time to spend with our youngsters. Noticably the winter coats are falling out and the summer coats coming through . So too are the baby teeth falling out as the permanent teeth push through into the mouth.
I receive many calls from worried owners finding what looks like a broken tooth in the stable/yard, or that the youngster looks like it has just walked in to a wall, teeth first. Don't panic this is normal. Between the ... Read More
What is it?
The ArcEquine is the smallest, wide spectrum Microcurrent Therapy device in the world!! It is a drug-free therapy primarily used for pain management and tissue repair and can therefore help recovery from a wide range of equine injuries and conditions. The ArcEquine is a completely portable and non-invasive device that requires no specialist knowledge to operate, meaning you can use it in the comfort of your own yard.
How does it work?
The body has a complex electrical system associated with its normal function. This internal electricity is small - very small in ... Read More
McTimoney practitioner, Dr Emma Punt presented a ground-breaking concept for post-trauma care last week at the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) conference at the University College Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California.
Emma shared her vision for how vets and McTimoney therapists should rethink how they approach post-trauma care following transportation accidents with her ‘Golden Time’ treatment concept. In the UK 52% of transport incidents involving horses result in a horse being hurt and of these 30% are left with chronic issues.
“In recent years I’ve seen increasing numbers ... Read More
This month we look at clipping.
The time of year has come to think about clipping your horse. When your horse is worked you will find that he will get hotter quicker and sweat more, therefore will take longer to dry. You may also find your horse may loose weight if hairy and working hard.
Before you begin clipping, make sure your clippers are in good working order and have been regularly maintained. Make sure you have a sharpened set of blades and spare set to hand. Before using your clippers on your horse just run them so the horse gets used ... Read More
Being a McTimoney Animal & Equine Touch Practitioner, no two days are the same. Every day brings new challenges and we are forever learning and evolving with the animals we see.
McTimoney is a chiropractic technique which is very gentle but extremely effective. It uses low force, high velocity adjustments to realign the skeletal sustem including the pelvis and shoulders to maintain health and aid correct function if the nervous system.
The Equine Touch is a soft tissue modaility using vibrational moves over muscles, tendons and ligaments. I work along ... Read More