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
This month we look at care of the horse after strenuous exercise.
Cross country. Horses are athletes, they are built for endurance, speed and efficiency. Their muscles use a lot of energy, and a very large amount of that energy is released as heat. The heat causes the body temperature to rise and respiration increase.
Cold water cooling. Apply cold water to all parts of the horses body, paying particular attention to the large muscles. Ice cold water is great. Scrape and reapply cold water regularly. It is important that large amounts of water does not sit on the horses coat as ... Read More
This month we look at quarter marks.
Quarter marks are done on the hind quarters of a horse. They are really cool patterns and you can do so many designs!! Some people use stencils and some do them by free hand. You can get customised stencils to your liking, I.e a business logo, Union Jack, chamrock etc.
Tools: a firm small bristled brush , a spray bottle with fly spray, quick braid or something similar, water is always good.
These are probably the most common and easiest to do, and also my most go to of choice. ... Read More
Being a rider as well as a saddle fitter, I often face the same problems as many riders do - seeing the frustrated conversations in the warm up, listening to the reoccurring conversations of “Why can’t he just jump clear”, “Why does he always run through his right shoulder?”, “Why does he grab the left side of the bit?”, “Why can’t I control the straightness, the power?” and the question I’m always asked by clients over and over again is “Can the saddle affect the horse’s performance?” and my answer to this is always
“Yes of course.”
When we ask horses to ... Read More
Knowledge, has bred two foals. I first saw her whilst working on some horses at a dealing and livery yard. I caught a glimpse of this scrawny little horse in the corner of a stable, and for a brief second I thought it was a donkey.
Her body was so weak and frail, but her eyes were so bright and her ears pricked forward. From just looking at the shape of her muzzle, it was obvious that she had severe overbite, or parrot mouth, as we call it. I mentioned this to the dealer, but she seemed more concerned about whether ... Read More
When it comes to keeping your event horse looking and feeling his best throughout the busy season, Childéric Saddles ambassador and top international eventer Gemma Tattersall has some great tips and advice to ensure that your horse remains happy and healthy.
“One of the key factors when looking after the event horse is consistency and keeping a good regime. I cannot stress how important this is for any horse but especially event horses. Obviously this needs to fit ... Read More