Well October and November have been particularly busy for me and because of this I am fashionably late with my blog this month. Oops! Keep an eye on the website and Facebook for upcoming news and events.
Starting in January I am very excited to announce we will be running Pawlates classes alongside dog trainer Tori Cartwright. These classes are a step up from general obedience and are aimed at anyone wishing to improve balance, flexibility, fitness and strength in their dogs whilst learning new exercises. The course is aimed at competition and family dogs and we will explain how each exercise affects the dog's musculoskeletal system. Pop along to our Facebook page, email or ring for more info.
It was the annual NAVP conference in October and a great day for learning and catching up with colleagues.
Dr Nicole Rombach gave some great lectures on The Equine Spine: Pathology and Dysfunction and Neuromuscular Functioning and Core Strength for Sports Horse Performance.
Caroline Gerdes MRCVS also gave an interesting talk on Poor Performance Investigation in Horses.
An interesting point that was brought up during these lectures was how do radiographic and diagnostic findings relate to clinical signs? It is interesting to see that some horses that have mild clinical signs can have advanced degenerative changes on imaging whereas other horses may show mild degenerative changes on imaging but can be severely lame. This is why each patient should be treated as an individual and their treatment plan whether that be medical, surgical or rehabilitation be tailored accordingly.
November saw me at the British Dressage National Convention. The theme this year was the Best of British and we had chance to see the paradressage riders train and have demonstrations off Laura Tomlinson, Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester to name a few.
The parariders horses are fantastic and it was great to see how they adapt to a rider that may not be able to give the same aids as an able bodied person. I definitiely learned a lot and have a great deal of respect for these riders.
It was good to watch the professionals warm up and go through their training process and encounter the same problems as everyone else. Laura Tomlinson explained that she always warms up in canter as it is more natural for the horses as in the wild they only use trot to get to and from canter. What are your thoughts on this?