With the continuation of eased restrictions here in the UK I was able to travel to Lincolnshire two weeks ago to complete my third practical day.
It was SO great to be back learning in person and practising all that I have been recapping over the lockdown period. There were some extra rules in place to remain safe during these times, with group numbers reducing to just 4. Nonetheless, there were only 2 of us on the practical day and we were able to get through LOTS OF WORK!
We worked through the whole of the dynamic assessment (walk, trot and circles). We then were able to run through the entire equine anatomy, starting at the neck and finishing at the hindquarters and hamstrings. We produced massage routines for every part of the body and discussed issues and things we may encounter when treating a variety of horses.
We also spent some time to complete a lot of stretches. I found this really useful as these are the
types of ‘homework’ we give to clients to top up on the treatment that we do as therapists. This was really beneficial and I came away producing a little ‘stretching programme’ booklet that I can give to clients outlining the stretches that best suit their horse & its current condition.
I actually was allocated a horse that was particularly new to bodywork, and this was a great learning curve. I think in the thick of learning I forgot that sometimes, hands on treatment can be so very new and unfamiliar for many horses. I was able to touch upon some innate methods that I have developed over the many years of having my own horses. This was a great learning experience for me, and I was pleased to be able to think on my feet and reassure the horse, who then really enjoyed her therapy.
Some stretches are hard to give as every horse is different however, if your horse is experiencing a tight neck and head area, why not try these generic carrot stretches to help alleviate the tension felt;
I now plan to complete my module 4 assignment now that I have had a bit more guidance and assistance. I’m hoping once passed I can schedule my final exam and be one step closer to qualifying.
Thank you for taking the time to read this short blog. I hope you continue to stay safe during these times.
BSc Hons Sports Therapy MSST
MSc Strength and Conditioning
Wolds Student Equine Sport & Rehabilitation Therapist