In May and June the Equine team put on two educational events for clients. The events involved small group sessions with an interactive, horses-centred format and raised over £350 for World Horse Welfare.
Back to Health
This event focussed on care of the equine back with 3 sessions covering the veterinary aspects of back health, understanding saddle fitting and physiotherapy’s role in back care.
Vets Charlotte and Katie presented a session on the functional anatomy of the horses back, common diseases and treatments. They used Wendy’s homebred horse Orla as an anatomical model to demonstrate the position of the bones within the living horse and how they alter during trot, canter and jumping. Oral is just starting a career in eventing and is proving to be a bold, talented jumper.
Helen Stone, Master Saddle Fitting Consultant of Midland Saddle Fit ran a very popular session covering features of saddle fitting and the importance of considering the rider’s conformation as well as the horse’s. She discussed types of saddle, length and suitability for different disciplines and types of pony or horse.
Nurse Siobhan was having problems with her saddle and her pony, Billy, was our equine model for the demonstration, after which he had a full assessment and was subsequently fitted with a new saddle.
Tamsyn Lafferty, ACPAT physiotherapist discussed how physiotherapists assess a horse’s back and demonstrated mobilisation techniques which can be used to improve flexibility and strength to avoid back problems. Tamsyn was assisted by her gorgeous coloured Sports Horse, Poppy and Shetland, Dolly.
The small groups allowed clients to ask questions and kept the sessions focused on what they were interested in finding out.
From the Horse’s Mouth
This event included sessions from our own Vets on bitting, dentistry and equine gastric ulceration syndrome.
Rhiannah presented the session on bitting, using Billy to demonstrate bit position in relation to teeth and how the different types of bit act on the horse’s head. Discussion of the different bits and mouth pieces, sizing and fitting allowed clients to consider which bits might best suit their horse.
Kate was assisted by Argo, a miniature Shetland who demonstrated dental endoscopy, allowing clients to view the inside of a pony’s mouth and discussing common conditions that can cause mouth pain and poor performance. Argo suffers from diastemata (gaps between his teeth) which allowed food to enter his sinuses via his tooth roots, resulting in sinusitis. Kate has placed fillings in between his teeth to prevent this problems and Argo competes at local shows and visits care homes to brighten the residents’ day.
Finally Jacqui discussed signs, diagnosis, causes and treatment of gastric ulceration, with the help of Jimmy who demonstrated the anatomy of the horse’s stomach, in relation to the rest of the gut.
Both sessions were supported by Scarsdale’s Nursing and Client Care teams and clients received a goody bag to take home. We were thrilled with the response we received after the events and would be happy to run more events in the future. Suggestions for topics can be submitted through our Facebook page.