Another lockdown…. another quiet few weeks for the yard with a pause to point to pointing. Only positive is under rules racing and of course the comeback of the blog takeover.
Hannah Ashton is our fantastic equine physio who works closely with Indiba UK. Hannah rehabilitated Cloudy Joker from a bad tendon injury before he came to MCR and still owns a share.
Over to hannah
‘These days it is not uncommon to see a physiotherapist running on to the a football or rugby pitch to help a stricken player, or in the players box at Wimbledon, in fact, it would be more surprising not to see that, however, in the horse world, we still often hear ‘what, horses get physio, why?!
We ask a horse to carry a rider, jump obstacles or perform intricate dressage moves but in some cases it is forgotten that their tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones can suffer damage just like any human athlete. Years of research has proven the benefit of physiotherapy and rehabilitation exercise to get horses back on track, maintain strength and suppleness and help prevent injury or re-injury.
I have worked as a Veterinary Physiotherapist around the Cotswolds for almost 12 years. After completing a 3 year degree, a 2 year post graduate qualification in Animal Physiotherapy and spending over 2 years working in clinical practice I am fully equipped to work alongside vets and owners to keep their equine partner in the best of health. I also have to complete a number of hours CPD (continuing professional development) each year which keeps the brain cells active and keeps me up to date with how the equine veterinary world is progressing.
My hands are my most valuable tool when treating a horse. Animals can’t talk but they can react in ways that tell us something isn’t right, whether that is pain, stiffness, immobility or resistance. Therapists have to trust what they see when looking at movement and what they feel when working on the horse. It is also common to see therapists add electro physical agents (EPA) to their routine to complementtreatment.
I am a proud owner of INDIBA radio frequency, an electromagnetic radiofrequency device. Although it has been around for over 30 years, it is still relatively new to the UK equine world. There are over 300 research papers to prove it’sbenefit and my clients are most definitely seeing the results when I use it on tendon and ligament injuries, muscle tears, strains or spasms, splints, back issues and post surgicalrehabilitation. Having worked with many EPA’s over the years, this really is a game changer and the results speak for themselves.
Over the years I have become more and more involved with racing, which I love, and now work with a number of yards within the Cotswolds. I started working with Max a couple of years ago and thoroughly enjoy seeing the horses develop. Max has a talent for identifying subtle issues in horses and if treated promptly we can more often than not resolve the issue and keep the horse on track for their next run. It is always a pleasure to visit the friendly yard and of course see our horse in training, Cloudy Joker. A more mature member of the team and one that has most definitely benefited from regular physiotherapy.’
Cloudy joker and Hannah with fiancée Alex Steedman
Cloudy Joker getting treated
Hannah in the paddock at Stratford with Izzie Marshall
Indiba treating a hock