Newsletter – June 2015


June has been a rewarding month. I had several owners' horses on medium and long term rehabilitation programmes that I had specifically designed for each individual horse, and supported owners and their horses along the way. It was therefore pleasing to see the hard work and dedication by owners over weeks and months (mostly undertaken through the cold winter and spring months) finally paying off and horses making successful returns to ridden work, following serious injuries, surgery and various veterinary treatments.

This month my clients have been very varied, and have included horses and dogs and an alpaca, and have taken me across Staffordshire and the West Midlands from Rugeley, Enville and Pattingham, to Bromsgrove, Sedgley, Stourbridge and Kinver. I have covered all corners of Shropshire in June from Oswestry, West Felton, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Telford, Shawbury, Newport and Edgmond to Ludlow and Leominster.


june-2015-horsesI have carried out a number of pre-competition and post-competition Physiotherapy checks and treatments for my carriage driving, eventing and show jumping clients this month. Making sure clients' horses are in tip top condition prior to competition is essential to ensure horses are performing at their best, and also post-competition to deal with injuries or problems arising during competition to support owners and their horses in maintaining horses at their peak during the busy competition season. This is particularly important for maintaining horses with joint issues coping with the hard ground during the dry summer months.

Tip Of The Month

During hot weather ride early morning or in the cool of the evening.
Take care to check horses for signs of heat stress which include weakness, stumbling, increased respiration, and a body temperature in the range of 102°F to 106°F. If you suspect heat stress, offer small amounts of water regularly, move horse to a shaded, well-ventilated area. If necessary, hose the horse with water, starting at the feet and working upward. If the horse's temperature stays above 106°F, contact a veterinarian immediately.

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