About

I am an equine therapist. I love to help horses with their physical problems- which also usually include their psychological problems!
If horses could yelp, cry or scream when in pain, there would be many more every day ‘Olympic contenders’. As it is, horses will only show signs of dysfunction when they have been compensating for some time, and can no longer function adequately to carry a rider and move comfortably.
Why use an Equine therapist?
Ask Black Caviar and many other top performance horses that have regular therapy! Why do they perform consistently well, as opposed to other horses that just ‘don’t seem to make it’ – even though there appears to be no apparent reason for their failure .
Well there is a reason! ‘Soundness is the key to success’
If your horse is showing any of the following signs, or you just know she/ he is not himself/herself – then your beloved horse/pony may be able to be helped by ‘Equine Remedial Services’ (ERS):
Bucking, rearing, pig rooting, refusing to go forward, struggling with transitions, changing canter leads, a “bad attitude”- when approached or when ridden, something ‘not quite right’ … and many more symptoms that can indicate discomfort or pain.
What can you expect?
A thorough ‘hands on’ experience for your horse that may show up any old or new injuries, tight muscles, stressed joints, or ligaments. I am available to all owners/riders/ trainers to not only make an assessment of your horse, but to also help him/her to the road to recovery.
Other services available:
Continued daily treatment
if required at my property – a great alternative if you cannot attend your daily treatment needs for your horse
Remedial riding/training
once again on agistment, at my property. A slow rebuilding of your horse’s kinematics may be necessary after an injury, which can be a long slow process and it needs to be consistent. This is where a daily rehabilitation or re-education can come in handy by ERS.
Pre purchasing conformation and gait analysis
this is just the most amazing way to confirm that you are making the right decision in purchasing that new horse you want! I would never buy a horse now without using my own practise of being able to analyse the gait and conformation before buying. WELL WORTH IT!
Practical and Theoretical sessions
for Clubs and Associations. Discussing many topics including; Anatomy and Physiology of the Horse, Horsemanship, and Riding, and of course Equine Therapy.
** Please note I am not a vet and cannot replace the skills of a vet, always discuss your concerns with a vet first **
I have a standard fee, and will only charge a small travel fee if I have to travel more than 45 kms one way.
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5 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Kerryn, Great stuff! We’re on the same page. Wonder if you’d care to comment, or blog your thoughts on functional short forelimb. My (amazing) farrier told me she sees this often in big horses as a result of birthing injury. I am rehabbing that on my 6 year old mustang mare, who is a very big girl, simultaneously with lots of ground work, proprioceptive work and obstacles. No riding yet. She also paddles on the right front, and when I slowed down a video, you can see that she’s having to hoist her whole shoulder forward, which is causing the paddling. As I un-stick that shoulder, the paddling has decreased a great deal. She’s also being trimmed long on the outside on that leg, since she loads that more. She’s a bit clutz, probably has some Belgian, so she’s never going to be dainty, and the forelegs with always be vulnerable. I expect to use her for trail and take her as far in dressage/vaquero work as she is comfortably able and enjoys. It’s been fascinating, but I’m always looking for further insight. Would love to hear your thoughts.

    • Hi Kerry,
      I am so sorry that I have taken so long to reply! Your mail has only just shown up! Weird … anyway..
      It sounds like your horse has a morphological flaw, and by the sounds of it – you are doing a fantastic job with her.
      If she was my horse, when I rode her, I would keep everything slow and make sure she was aware of every placement of her feet – and take it real slow.
      Good job! I reckon she is one lucky horse to have you 🙂 let me know how she is going, Kerryn

  2. Hi Kerryn, thanks for the reply. You are absolutely right. Once we got a lot of bodywork, chiro and acupuncture done, and s-l-o-w-e-d everything down, asking her to move just one foot, things began to click for her. Also, having her discomfort alleviated helped a lot. Was introduced to Manalo ??? and have been working her with the bamboo pole, which helped her lower her head and get her butt under her. I recently returned from auditing a Buck Brannaman clinic, and he’s all about slow. And lots of circles, turns, serpentines, etc. at the walk. Actually it’s much the same stuff. And… we’ve had our third trail ride! For clod in the arena, she hasn’t missed a step. I shudder to think what would have become of her if someone had tried to cowboy her. She’d either have gotten mean or shut down entirely. Instead she is turning into a sweetheart with a great mind who impresses everyone. So if that’s any confirmation for you about going slow and moving one foot at a time, there you go.

    • HI Kerry, I am not a fan of the bamboo pole or lowering the neck. Lengthening the neck – yes…. lowering alters their basic kinematics.
      There just seems to me to be no need for a bamboo pole to help a horse how to get along in his natural cadence. The horse will be more focused on the pole than placing his feet. just unnecessary- just my thoughts on the matter 🙂

  3. Interesting. I can see your point. I guess it depends on the horse and his level. There are days when it does seem to get a very good result. Other days, if she’s not focused, not so much. I will keep it in mind. Thanks.

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