Find out about upcoming events and what Rachel has been up to this month....
Gosh it is February and I havent updated my News for ages! Christmas and New Year are a distant blur and we have finally got rid of all the snow :) This week has been very busy, and as well as all my equine and canine clients, my own horse decided he required some TLC! He was showing forelimb lameness under saddle following two weeks off due to the snow. There was no sign of any injury to the limb so I moved up to the shoulder and neck and sure enough on the lame side he was extremely tight and sore all in front of the shoulder with misalignments throughout his neck. It looked like he must have taken a bit of a tumble in the field. After five days rest I am pleased to say today his neck is feeling dramatically better and he is totally sound and very keen to be out hacking! Nice to be able to mend my own horse for a change!
The beginning of 2013 has been my busiest start to a New Year yet, I am thrilled to be booked up nearly every week and I am very grateful to all my loyal clients, and for those that sing my praises and recommend me to others. The days are starting to draw out and the main competition season will soon be getting started again. I look forward to many manically busy weeks and hopefully some dry weather! Hope to see you and your animal's very soon. Very best of luck for 2013 whatever your ambitions.
Yes, us Brits love to complain about the weather, but I think we have every right to at the moment....Is this rain ever going to stop? I managed to avoid hosing legs all winter, yet in June I am having to wash them! My giant nearly 5 yr old horse wouldnt stop stamping his foot yesterday, after washing and hibiscrubbing I found the smallest little scab...he was getting mud fever in June, ridiculous!
Despite numerous cancelled events and County shows many of my clients have been having excellent seasons so far. Including many double clears and placings in Open Intermediate classes, competing agaisnt Olympic horses! I am getting rather excited about the Olympics now, we managed to get tickets for the Individual Freestyle Dressage and medal ceremony, which will hopefully turn up soon!
June has been hectic with some very interesting cases; a teenage mare referred by the vet that literally could not lift her neck, she had misalignments all through her neck and severe muscle soreness around her poll and in the underside of her neck. She has now started light work again (with her neck and head back to its correct position!) and due a follow up in two weeks.
Another very interesting case this month was a young, hopefully event horse, with a very 'wonky' pelvis. He had been backed and ridden away and then turned away, he was due to start work again when it became evident he couldn't walk in a straight line!
He had dramatic muscle asymmetry throughout his gluteal muscles as well as a large misalignment in his pelvis in two planes (lower on the right and forward on the left). His owner was very shocked when I showed her the extent of misalignment.
He has now had a check up two weeks after intial treatment. I think you will agree there is a huge improvement skeletally and muscularly. His owner has noticed a massive improvement in his movement and he is now moving on two tracks rather than holding his hindquarters to one side. He is now beginning some groundwork to help strengthen his back and hind quarters. He will be reasessed in three weeks but I expect it may be more towards 6 weeks before he will begin ridden work.
Lastly, Happy 2nd Birthday to my beautiful daughter,
and Happy 5th birthday to my horse, who strangely
share the same birthday!
Best wishes Rachel x
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