Resources

Here are a selection of resources for you to enjoy. There are various written articles below and plenty of videos on my YouTube Channel.

So, whether you have a horse or a dog with an issue you’re looking for some guidance on or you just want to know more about their bodies and how everything works, I hope these resources are helpful.

If at any point you have any questions or would like more detailed advice please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Blog Articles

Luxating Patella – What’s in the Skip?!

Patella luxation is a really common pathology, with certain breeds more prone than others, such as Pomeranian, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise, Pug, West Highland Terrier, Jack Russell Terrier, Shit-tzu, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Di Dona et al. 2018; Boge et al. 2019). However it can also be caused …

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Sporting Dogs – How and Why to Warm Up

As mentioned in a previous blog, sport dogs can get a variety of injuries, such as: Agility – shoulder muscular injuries such as biceps brachii tenosynovitis, medial shoulder instability, and carpal injuries (Baltzer, 2012), and iliopsoas muscle strain (Markley et al. 2021) Flyball – chronic ligament laxity and achilles/calcaneal tendon rupture (Baltzer, 2012) Racing Greyhounds – general …

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Horses – Breeding for Sport or Breeding to Break?

There is often 2 types of horses in this modern world, leisure horses and competition horses. Both types can get injured just being a typical horse and spooking at that scary tree! But as we have developed the sporting world, we have developed the horses within them, and this in turn has improved performance, but …

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Your Dog Breed – What Can Go Wrong?

So you have had your dog for a while…they suddenly get a limp or start moving oddly…you go to the vet and find out they have ruptured their cruciate ligament, or they have intervertebral disc disease…and you find out this is “common” for your dogs breed…and you wonder why you didn’t know about this before…. …

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The Importance of a Sit

Did you know a sit can tell us a story?! 🐶 Does your dog sit squarely, with hind legs “tucked in”, equal weight through the forelimbs with elbows tucked in and nice and straight theogony the back? Or do they sit with the hind legs rotated out so you can see the hind paws? Can …

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10 Tips for Spotting a Lame Horse

Lameness is a gait abnormality, a type of asymmetrical movement caused by structural or functional issues of the locomotor system. It is usually a symptom, and a manifestation of pain. 1) Check for heat and a pulse or any sign of obvious injury to a limb Forelimb lameness 2) A forelimb lameness can be identified …

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The Physiotherapy Journey….

So previously I have spoken about the use of Physiotherapy, and a therapy “journey”…. and I just wanted to create a little update based on comments of other therapists and their experiences. Many go in to this job because they love animals, and really want to make a difference. And it can be disheartening when …

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Pole Work for Horses

As I have mentioned many times before, pole work is great for improving proprioception (neural ability to know where your limbs are in relation to the world) and coordination, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, core stability, joint range of motion and health, and dynamic stretching of muscles.You can increase proprioceptive challenging by arranging sporadic poles …

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Let’s Talk Animal Obesity

Let’s talk obesity! It is a huge issue in horse and dog welfare in the UK. Being overweight puts huge strain on the body systems, particularly the joints and can predispose to conditions such as osteoarthritis. Body condition scoring can be a great way to monitor your animal’s weight. Weigh tapes are not accurate as …

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Core Stability in Horses

Core stability is an important concept to ensure appropriate biomechanical function. Core stability assists with the dorsal ventral chain, and by achieving core stability, contraction of the long back musculature is reduced (de Oliveria et al. 2015), which assists with back function by allowing greater ventral flexion rather than extension (figure 1). Core engagement involves …

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