You may be alert to behavioural changes that can indicate back pain in your horse, but do you know how to prevent back pain from occurring? Many performance problems stem from back pain1. Painful muscles are very common, but frequently not recognised1. Horses’ backs are not designed to carry riders, so it’s vital to do all that you can to reduce the impact of riding. There are many factors that can impact on the horse’s back, including hoof trim and saddle fit. As well as educating yourself about these two important topics, other steps you can take are:
Riders sometimes feel that something just ‘isn’t right’ in their horse’s movement. Subtle performance problems are often the reasons I’m called to treat horses. These issues are the most difficult to diagnose1 and treat with biomedicine, but tend to respond very well to acupuncture2.
An Interview with Cat Walker Ollie, affectionately nicknamed Ollivander, paws at the arena surface and nudges his owner, equine bodyworker Cat Walker. He may not realise it, but we’re discussing how lucky he is to be alive. “His number was up,” Cat puts it bluntly. “He was meant to be a dissection horse.”
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Equine acupuncture is steadily rising in popularity amongst equine healthcare pracitioners as a proven modality for alleviating pain and preventing and treating disease. Originating from China, but developed separately from human acupuncture, qualified equine acupuncturist Dr Steve Bobis shares the immense benefits this therapy holds for horses. What is acupuncture?
Equine acupuncture is steadily rising in popularity amongst equine healthcare pracitioners as a proven modality for alleviating pain, and preventing and treating disease. Last month, equine practitioner and veterinary acupuncturist Dr Steve Bobis introduced us to this traditional treatment. This month, he continues describing equine acupuncture and explains the health areas where equine acupuncture has proven to be most effective. Is there more than one ‘system’ of equine acupuncture?
As an equine physiotherapist with a research background in the sacroiliac joint, I am often asked to treat horses that are suspected to have an injury in their sacroiliac joint region. Sacroiliac joint injury can be acute and/or traumatic, such as injury following a fall onto the pelvis, or from jumping out of racing barriers. The injury can be low-grade, or more chronic, sometimes resulting from ‘microdamage’ due to repetitive forces being transferred through the joint, as in dressage and show jumping.
Developed in Australia by Dr Brian McLaren, a clinical scientist and veterinarian, Photonic Therapy is a scientifically-advanced form of using red light, instead of needles, to stimulate recognised acupuncture points and promote healing by altering the electrical field potential in the skin.
All riders want satisfaction, but sometimes it plays hard to get. They want to be satisfied that they’ve done everything they can to make sure their horses are free from pain. Sometimes, however, it can be difficult to determine whether reluctance to perform a certain movement has physical or psychological causes.
The veterinary chiropractor or osteopath will deal with stifle pain in horses almost on a daily basis. Stifle pain is very common in the equine, be it a primary pathology of the stifle joint or secondary to other influences on the body. In this article, veterinary chiropractor Dr Grant Harris discusses the chiropractic and osteopathic approach to treating stifle pain and disease.