Horses with skewnesses or locked muscles do not thrive and can’t perform – and that’s a fact. The horse is not stupid (it’s NEVER stupid) but an amazing creature that will carry you through fire and water if you make sure it’s healthy and happy.
I’ve been working professionally with treatment of the myofascial lines on top horses as well as regular riding horses for 15 years; mostly in dressage, jumping and military. I’ve been an authorised FEI-therapist since June 2010, and I have full insurance.
Examples of conditions where A-Touch can help:
Distal lameness, old and acute tendon injuries, elbow- and shoulder injuries, pelvic- and neck injuries, jaw injuries/TMJ, kissing spines, Sweeny shoulders, ataxia and irregularities, and various other injuries and conditions in the locomotor system.
Check-ups are recommended every 6 months (especially with competition horses) in order to catch problems early.
The working horse:
Sports horses are subject to high athletic demands and frequently work within one specific sport. Therefore, different mechanical stresses on anatomical structures occur, resulting in a variation in pattern of injury between different sports and between elite and lower level of the same sport. But we still have two types of injuries, which can be divided into: accidental injury and training related injury.
Studies show that 23,5% of all sports horses have suffered from lameness within the last 2 years. 20% of these came from back pain. These injuries/pain sites in the back: shoulder 38%, thoracolumbar 28%, pelvic 21%, sacroiliac 11%, neck 2%.
The risk factors for injury are: weak muscle development, saddle fit, rider, management, pain, injury/lameness-altered movement and repetitive overload injury.
Problems I can help with (apart from treating the rider’s injuries/skewness): uneven steps when hindlegs don’t swing out or in, flinching and soreness across the back/neck and major muscle groups, stiffness, decreased movements or lack of mobility, lateral stiffness, holding the tail to one side, reluctance to canter on one lead, lack of poll flexion and bend, uneven stride length, hollow-backed, high-headed, head shaking, bucking, rearing, cold-backed when tacked up, head tilting, excessive rolling, lameness and poor performance syndrome, pinned ears, tail swishing, stumping, etc.
It is important for me to restore these horses’ movements to rhythmic and repetitive, and A-Touch helps them develop smoothness, balance and soundness.
All sorts of crashes and falls (for instance in the trailer or on the stable aisle), the horse has been stuck in the stall or had a leg stuck somewhere.
Such as stall walking and wall kicking.
Adjustment of pelvis after foaling, muscular asymmetric and visible skewness, adjustment after faulty shoeing/trimming, faulty riding or after too fast growth.
I have never seen the point in buying a horse that breaks down soon after; therefore, I have become increasingly involved in physical checks before purchase.
Saddle assessment is often part of my job, and I have several saddle makers I can recommend, if needed.
Wellness for old horses, especially retired competition horses. All animals can benefit from A-Touch; also old animals, who are often those who is in most need of an adjustment once in a while.
It’s my experience that many skewnesses in horses can be corrected via the rider’s posture, and sometimes the rider needs to feel what happens with the horse during treatment in order to understand the difference. Therefore, I offer what I call horse/rider treatment. Often, we start on the stable aisle where I give both horse and rider a check before saddling. Then the rider mounts and warms up the horse. After this, the correction of both parties begins. The treatment is used in rehabilitation and on horse and rider that have already received treatment earlier. Used primarily on dressage horses and show jumpers on level medium and up.
When working with a horse, I concretise the session by dividing the body into 4 areas before slowly adjusting one area at a time (this takes about 25-40 minutes) and finally re-collecting to one unit.
This is basically a pleasant reset of the body with great chiropractic effect, without any direct manipulation of the joints. I provide a gentle muscular manipulation that triggers the body’s own healing energy (the neuro energy) to collect the threads and correct itself. For more details, read “What is A-Touch.”
I only drive out to groups of at least 5 horses; otherwise I have a stable next to my clinic where I can treat horses.
I use A-Touch and Fascia Release Therapy for horses. I use only my hands for these treatments.
Uneven croup: before treatment and 10 days after first treatment