Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Equi-therapist and Diploma tutor, Level 3 Equestrian Coach Endurance career spans 27 years, training and competing a number of horses up to FEI 4* level.
Represented Team GBR at Championship level on 7 occasions including 2 WEG's and team reserve on 3 further occasions.
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Really worth a look- a lot of education here!
This is very interesting. Take a minute and have a read especially if you are training, re-training or have a horse that has been working from being a young age.
thehorsesback.com It's a surprisingly common problem if the examination of bones is anything to go by (and it is).
There are many benefits of Sports Massage therapy...
WARNING ⚠️ this is extremely graphic content but is a very interesting scenario and something we should perhaps all be aware of!
Some may need a sick bag!
❗️Warning: Squeamish video ahead!❗️
Case of the Day:
This 6yo gelding presented with a history of chronic, unilateral (one-sided) nasal discharge. The owner noted that clear discharge and sometimes mucoid/cloudy discharge would come out of his right nostril, especially after competing.
We call this sinusitis, a fancy word for sinus infection. Causes for this condition can be respiratory infections that fail to clear, dental problems, cysts, or tumors. It’s important to investigate the cause in order to make a diagnosis.
After scoping the upper respiratory tract and guttural pouches, radiographs were performed:
- Radiograph 1️⃣: Left side with clear nasal sinus.
- Radiograph 2️⃣: Right side with obstructed nasal sinus.
We decided to make a small hole in the frontal bone of the skull (called trephination) to access the nasal sinus compartments. A catheter was placed and the sinuses were flushed. An unbelievable amount of pus was drained and we’re sure this guy will feel better after getting all that pressure off!
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How’s your horse today? After a long year and an unplanned step back I am once again booking in appointments for your equine friends! Equine Sports Massage treatments including full assessments available. Contact for more details.
EQUINE SPORTS MASSAGE: BENEFITS
As with human athletes, horses can develop strains, muscle tears, adhesions and fatigue as a result of regular or strenuous exercise.
In all aspects of modern horsemanship, owners are finding that massage therapy is beneficial not just to the physical aspect of the horse, but is also improving the horse’s mental well-being.
Techniques used during a massage therapy session range from basic cross fibre friction to the complicated myofascial release (specialised physical and manual therapy used for the rehabilitation of soft tissue and fascial tension).
Below lists 8 areas in which massage therapy can improve and maintain your horse’s performance:
1. Increased flexibility
Poor flexibility is usually caused by muscle fatigue, tightness or inflammation. Massage therapy improves flexibility through stretching techniques, designed to ensure correct alignment and rehydration of muscle fibres following a work-out. Hydrated muscles have more elasticity, and a greater ability to stretch, thus improving flexibility.
2. Improved suppleness
Suppleness is a combination of unrestricted movement in the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. Therapists combine massage with skeletal mobilisation to increase the range of motion in joints, allowing the horse to be more free-flowing and expressive in its movements.
3. Relieving poll tension
The horse’s poll is an area in which a lot of tension manifests itself. Stretching and massaging the horse’s poll can relieve a whole plethora of built up tension, usually culminating with the unlocking and stretching of the jaw through uncontrollable yawning.
4. Tackling psychological issues
Gentle myofascial release work around the horse’s poll and neck can transform the most ill-treated, timid or fear aggressive horse, after just one session of massage therapy.
5. Aiding muscle recovery
Massage therapy will ensure pathways to and from muscle bodies are free of adhesions, allowing the effective expulsion of acids which cause fatigue and cramp, as well as giving access to oxygen rich blood cells to replenish depleted stores, and repair torn fibres.
6. Harmonising horse and rider balance
A good massage therapist can tell a lot about the rider from the physical tensions felt when palpating the horse. Often, a horse will be one sided through it’s back, if the rider is uneven in their seat.
7. Increased muscle conditioning
By eliminating tight muscles, massage therapy removes restrictions which would hinder the recovery period. Unrestricted muscles are more easily reached by nutrients which allows them to more easily grow and adapt to their workload.
Used in between techniques and at the end of a massage, effleurage is the sweeping motion used to guide toxins towards the lymph nodes, where the body can easily expel them as natural waste. Removing toxins prevents cramping and fatigue, and promotes the hydration and suppleness of muscles.
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New Year! New Career! Why not practice in Equine Sports Massage Therapy. Diploma course taught at Alkborough with Beccy Broughton Equine through Equi-therapy 🇬🇧.Pre-requisite qualifications required. Visit Equi-therapy U.K. Ltd for more details or message through contact us!
horsetalk.co.nz The science behind Kissing Spine and avoiding it with simple exercises to improve your horse's gaits.
[01/19/15] Great start to the Equi-Therapy UK diploma week although very wintery! Thank goodness for the heat lamps in the massage box!!!!
Looking forward to teaching for Equi-Therapy UK at Willowcroft Livery this week. Let's hope the snow holds off!
Jean-Marie Denoix is the world s leading equine musculoskeletal system anatomist and has become one of the foremost equine diagnostic ultrasonographers. There is therefore nobody better to compile a reference atlas of the clinical anatomy of the foot, pastern and fetlock, correlated with images obtained by radiography, diagnostic ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging. Advanced imaging techniques require in depth knowledge of anatomy for accurate interpretation and especially when using magnetic resonance imaging this must be a 3-dimensional concept of anatomy.This book provides a unique contribution and is an invaluable reference text. The image quality is extraordinarily high and the multiple views of each area of the distal limb provide an extremely detailed evaluation. Each part opens with a characteristically superb anatomical drawing by the author. Each spread of pages deals with a single dissection viewed by means of colour photographs, labelled black and white equivalents, plus x-rays, ultrasound and MRI scans as required. The book is designed for maximum clarity using a generous page size. The atlas is essential for anybody involved in detailed anatomical study, complex lameness evaluation or advanced imaging techniques."
The equine foot as never seen.
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[10/15/14] Lindum Group training 26th October. Come along to this great autumn training day at Willowcroft taking a look at winter training for both horse and rider ready for 2015 season.
2015 Equine Sports Massage dates are now available at www.equi-therapyuk.com . For more info hit link below.
www.equi-therapyuk.com ETUK Equi-Therapy UK offer Equine Massage Courses to the horse owner & professional a like, with tvenues in Wymeswold, Willoughby Waterleys & Alkborough.
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[03/04/14] Great Diploma Course last week with Leah Appleton. Well done for passing your exam with flying colors- just your portfolio and final assessment to go now!
[03/04/14] Thank you to everyone who helped with Wotton on Sunday! It was a great ride and although the weather was not quite as good to us as it promised it was still a fab day. Three ponies round and sound which makes it even better. Well done to everyone else too. Great kick off gor 2014!!!
Looks like the weather is going to be kind tomorrow. Cold but kind! Welcome to north Lincolnshire! ;-)
[02/27/14] Entries in for Wooton finally. 3 horses competing in preparation for Kings at the end of the month. Hopefully it won't snow!
What an interesting and meaningful story...
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.
Remember the five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.
2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.
3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.
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Theddlethorpe beach on Tuesday.
Great 'masterclass' today with Katherine Mills and Your Horse. Thanks to Katy and Nico! Looking forward to seeing the result!!!! Will let everyone know which issue it will be in. Thanks again to everyone who applied, from all ove the Country.