From Head To Tail Equine Therapies & Rehabilitation

From Head To Tail Equine Therapies & Rehabilitation Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle hands on therapy that may have a positive impact on nearly every system in the body. Used alone or with traditional healthcare it has proven clinically effective on facilitating the body's ability to heal its self.

Craniosacral Therapy often produces extraordinary results. CST helps normalize the environment of the craniosacral system, a core physiological body system only recently scientifically defined. The craniosacral system extends from the skull, face, mouth down to the sacrum and coccyx. It consists of a compartment formed by the dura mater membrane, the cerebrospinal fluid contained within, the syste

Craniosacral Therapy often produces extraordinary results. CST helps normalize the environment of the craniosacral system, a core physiological body system only recently scientifically defined. The craniosacral system extends from the skull, face, mouth down to the sacrum and coccyx. It consists of a compartment formed by the dura mater membrane, the cerebrospinal fluid contained within, the syste

Operating as usual

Photos from Australian Equestrian Team's post
25/08/2021

Photos from Australian Equestrian Team's post

25/08/2021

𝗧𝗢𝗞𝗬𝗢 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬 | 1️⃣ Day until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 💚💛

In April 2013 Emma Booth Para Equestrian was travelling home from an event then a truck jack-knifed and slammed into her car and horse trailer. The collision was catastrophic and two of the horses in the attached trailer were killed. Emma sustained horrific injuries, including bleeding on her brain, fractured sternum, punctured lung, a severely damaged spinal cord and her back shattered, leaving her a paraplegic.

Emma spent 4 months in hospital, undergoing intense physiotherapy but all she could think about was getting back on a horse. On 30th October, she was helped back into the saddle, and she says that “After nearly seven months of being unable to get out of bed or my chair, feeling the horse’s movement underneath me was extremely liberating."

Emma and her horse Zidane will be making history at #Tokyo2020 as the first ever Australian 🇦🇺 equestrian combination to compete at two Paralympic Games! 🤩

📸 Cara Grimshaw Photography




#Dressage #ParaDressage #ParaEquestrian #Paralympics #TeamAUS #AusEquestrianTeam #EAHighPerformance

18/08/2021

Seeking Expressions of Interest in a Barefoot trimming course after lockdown lifts (date TBA) with the Barefoot Bloke here in Dubbo.

Spots limited, you are able to bring your own horse to learn on or just come along as a spectator to learn the theory behind the practice (also plenty of spare horses here!)

Pm me to register your interest so we can book him in!

02/08/2021
Check out my post re Lola’s last treatment.  Thanks for the recommendation sueellen
28/07/2021

Check out my post re Lola’s last treatment. Thanks for the recommendation sueellen

Message from Tanya craniosacral therapist

You have heard Lola and the blind chick talk about her surgery for a twisted bowel well today I am going to explain what I can feel as a craniosacral therapist within her body as a result of this surgery. Restrictions under the ribs withers scapular girth area and top line in particular Affects saddle fit stride flex ion breathing behaviour just to name a few This is lola’s 3rd session and it has taken this time to be able to get to this depth into the body tissues with Lola as she had other symptoms issues that required addressing and releasing first before she was able to use the energy effectively on this area of trauma or incident. With her anxiety and pain at a manageable level within herself she was able and also willing to let me blend and meld into her body tissues encouraging the tissues to unwind or release restrictions such as scar tissue, adhesions, fascia, blood and lymphatic fluids that are crucial to tissue health and overall body performance. Most of the time it is what you cannot see going on inside that is the cause of poor performance behaviour and health of an individual. This is why I just love this therapy and even after 10 years of practicing no one horse is the same and each have a unique way of connecting to humans. To put this in plain English by releasing the restrictions in the fascia ( the very fine web like layer of tissue that covers the muscles and organs of the body) underneath the rib cage this then opened up into the connecting fascia under the scapula then opened to withers allowing the muscles ligaments etc to glide over and under each other and the muscles themselves to soften and plump back up with a better blood supply which then allows the body to reposition the skeletal part in this area to move back into it’s natural alignment. When this is done for all of the restrictions in the body the individual will be able to rebalance itself naturally and because the restrictions in the internal body tissues have been removed the horse is able to take a deeper breath in meaning more oxygen and body fluids for the organs and tissues to convert for a better conversion of feed, increase in performance including stamina, strides, flex ion, behaviour but most of all less injuries. Training time can also be reduced as the horse is able to move correctly and more responsively to an aid which it may not have physically been able to do prior due to the restrictions in the body that you cannot see from the outside. Changes within the body can be seen at the end of each session and continue to occur in the individual for some days afterwards. So if you are interested in helping your horse give you the best it possibly can. Why not give them a craniosacral treatment? They will love you for it. I know Lola loves the blind chick every time I visit.

Cheers and take care Tanya

A massive thank you to our wonderful Tanya for treating Lola oh my heavens the last treatment was massive and the most amazing changes in Lola‘s back keep in mind Tanya does travel and the craniosacral treatment is well worth a try for your horse and for yourself Johno loved his treatment and it helped him with his equine shivers and it is sure helping our beautiful Lola now and I have also had many treatments treat yourself give Tanya a call hope everybody is having a spectacular day keeping safe loads of love and hugs Lola and the blind chick

08/07/2021
22/05/2021

Clive really zoned into his treatment yesterday.

22/05/2021

Some great releases today from Moe.

How tight is your bridle?  Take a look at the amount of nerves in the head that your bridle can impinge on if not fitted...
07/05/2021

How tight is your bridle? Take a look at the amount of nerves in the head that your bridle can impinge on if not fitted correctly. Have you ever thought that this may be contributing to a problem occurring with your horse?

We've all heard the pony club guide of being able to fit four fingers width under the throatlatch, two fingers under the nose band and one under the browband but why is this and what else should you take into consideration when checking your bridle fit?

Is your browband too tight? Does it force the headpiece into the back of your horse's ears, impinging on the TMJ and Mandibular nerves?

Is your noseband loose enough that the horse can yawn? Or is it so tight that it's pressing on your horse's nasal nerves? Is it at least one finger's width away from the Zygomatic crest?

Are the cheekpiece buckles in line with your horse's eyes or are they up high putting pressure on your horse's TMJ and mandibular nerves?

Taking the horse's facial structures into consideration when fitting his bridle will ensure he is totally comfortable whilst working and therefore more willing to work for you!

I'm happy to take a peek at your bridle fit when I come out to treat your horse. Drop me a message on this page or alternatively call 07854106031 to book.

The thoracic sling, this is an area that i see compromised over and over during craniosacral sessions, but once released...
07/05/2021

The thoracic sling, this is an area that i see compromised over and over during craniosacral sessions, but once released the horse is able to then rebalance itself and the changes in behavior and overall performance is mind blowing. Is your horse on the forehand? Look what can occur when the weight distribution is uneven across this area - your horse becomes crooked leading to a number of other issues. Yasmin Stuarts diagram and explanation is perfect.

A while ago, I drew this diagram of the equine thoracic sling and I thought it's worth a reshare!

Horses don't have collarbones!

The thoracic sling’s function is to suspend the rib cage between the forelimbs and is responsible for lifting the withers during locomotion.

When a horse is crooked; whether caused by an asymmetric rider, saddle, or by injury (usually relating to asymmetric riders/saddles!), the weight distribution across the forelimbs is unequal. One limb will carry more weight and have more of an influence on direction than the other. To facilitate this unequal movement, the muscle development will be asymmetrical- the more dominant forelimb will have a ‘bigger’ shoulder and the opposing shoulder will be flatter in appearance and sit ‘higher’ on the ribcage.

Transferring this into ridden work, horses with thoracic sling asymmetries usually present by being difficult to circle in one direction, falling in on the more weight bearing limb and over compensating by bending too much in their neck.

In order to rectify these issues, the horse will need to improve their vertical balance- learning to carry weight equally on both forelimbs.

Yasmin explains this small but very important apparatus so well. please read.
07/05/2021

Yasmin explains this small but very important apparatus so well. please read.

Arguably the most delicate bones in equine anatomy- the Hyoid Apparatus!

These bones provide anchorage for the horse’s tongue and larynx. And the musculature that inserts onto them have a huge role to play in moving the tongue, forelimb protraction and scapulae ROM.

Poorly fitted bridles- specifically tight nose bands and incorrect bitting, or restricted head/neck movement caused by bad hands or training aids will directly inhibit hyoid apparatus function, therefore affecting how your horse moves.

Symptoms of hyoid discomfort (which go hand-in-hand with TMJ tension) include; fussing with the mouth, drawing the tongue back, head shaking, unequal forelimb protraction and restricted shoulder movement to name but a few. Breakage of these bones can cause partial, or total tongue paralysis.

With this in mind, it’s quite logical to say that if these tissues are compromised then the horse’s whole musculoskeletal system will be compromised too.

06/05/2021

Does a young horse require body work prior to any work under saddle? asks Evelyn Bereton from Ev's Equine Services. Watch her video the answer is pretty straight forward.

Have had the most spectacular time here At José Mendez Equestrian for the past 3 days. Treating both horses and people. ...
01/03/2021

Have had the most spectacular time here At José Mendez Equestrian for the past 3 days. Treating both horses and people. Got to work with the most amazing stallion today ‘Stratford Mantorani’ now 24yrs of age but still looking as gorgeous as he was when he competed in the London Para Olympics. Just love it when I can give something back to such an amazing and talented equine #craniosacraltherapy#equinetherapy#naturalequinetherapies

This is so true.  Please read just by giving your horse one more year will give 10 more years of performances
09/02/2021

This is so true. Please read just by giving your horse one more year will give 10 more years of performances

Before backing your youngster please read -

A horse ages roughly 3 times faster than a human.

So a 90 year old human is a 30 year old horse. Both very old, usually arthritic, don’t have many of their original teeth left, and very likely retired and enjoying the finer things in life.

A 25 year old horse is a 75 year old human. Still works so far.

A 20 year old horse is a 60 year old human. At that point where the body doesn’t work like it use to but the brain is all there and wants to be active.

A 13 year old horse is a 39 year old human. Middle aged, prime of their life where their knowledge and physical ability are about equal.

So let’s get down to the babies and work our way up.

A 3 year old horse is a 9 year old child. A child. Not ready for work by a long stretch. We have moved past sending children down the mines.

A 4 year old horse is a 12 year old child. Often will do odd jobs for pocket money, maybe a paper round, mowing lawns etc. Basically a 4 yo horse can start a bit of light work to earn their keep.

A 5 year old horse is a 15 year old teenager. Think they know it all, cocky, and ready to up their work and responsibilities. Still quite weak and not fully developed so shouldn’t be at their physical limit but can start building strength.

A 6 year old horse is an 18 year old human. An adult. Ready to work hard.

Pushing your youngster too hard too young will result in failure of many body parts. Joints, tendons, ligaments as well as their brains. Waiting one year at the beginning can give a horse another 10 years of useful working life. Be patient with your pride and joy!

Written by Vicky Fowler

Do you think is always this obvious
04/02/2021

Do you think is always this obvious

Do you think is always this obvious

01/02/2021
Below is a short article on pain reaction and behaviour in the horse and something that I see quite often.  These man ma...
26/01/2021

Below is a short article on pain reaction and behaviour in the horse and something that I see quite often. These man made problems can be rectified by craniosacral treatments especially if your therapist has the experience to identify these hidden issues. With 15 years of experience in this area and based locally in Dubbo why not give me a call to discuss what’s going on with your horse. Get it early before it manifests into chronic pain and your horse shuts down completely. Appointments available now. Phone 0437452101.

What a lovely recommendation from Johmo
15/01/2021

What a lovely recommendation from Johmo

Last road trip before Xmas over.  Exciting responses to treatment. Bring on 2021.
21/12/2020

Last road trip before Xmas over. Exciting responses to treatment. Bring on 2021.

Last road trip before Xmas over. Exciting responses to treatment. Bring on 2021.

10/12/2020
This week I am working with Sue Ellen Lovett and Johno whilst they are working with Adam Sutton in Maitland NSW.
08/12/2020

This week I am working with Sue Ellen Lovett and Johno whilst they are working with Adam Sutton in Maitland NSW.

From Head to Tail now a proud distributor for Natures Farmacy equine products.  All products are made from the highest q...
04/12/2020

From Head to Tail now a proud distributor for Natures Farmacy equine products. All products are made from the highest quality ingredients with no fillers. Get more value for your hard earned money and a quality product that has been formulated by an equine herbalist/nutrionist.
I have been using these products on my own horses for some time now and highly recommend them. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or you can look up the Natures Farmacy page for further information that will help you to select the correct product for your equine companion

From Head to Tail now a proud distributor for Natures Farmacy equine products. All products are made from the highest quality ingredients with no fillers. Get more value for your hard earned money and a quality product that has been formulated by an equine herbalist/nutrionist.
I have been using these products on my own horses for some time now and highly recommend them. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or you can look up the Natures Farmacy page for further information that will help you to select the correct product for your equine companion

Quality movement and temperament to boot.
03/12/2020

Quality movement and temperament to boot.

Check out our featured stallion of the week standing at "Rosebury Park" Dubbo, NSW.
Kolbeach Royal Print
Height: 13.3hh
Sire: Fernleigh Fine Print
Dam: Ardenhall Royal Secret (imp)
Photo: Julie Wilson
For more information visit: https://www.rpsbs.com.au/directory/stallion-directory/
#ridingpony

03/12/2020

Rules for dating/marrying an equestrian:

1) They WILL have layers of clothes and muddy boots....either provide a place for them to drop these things or don't whine about the mess.

2) Expensive tack is still cheaper than the horse and human medical bills that can result from cheap tack. Good tack also lasts longer than the horse. Don't question the tack.

3) One horse is never enough. Don't even question this. It is a law of the universe.

4) Caring for the horse is ALWAYS more expensive than the horse. Whining about the purchase price is pointless.

5) When they say, "I'm just going to stop out at the barn for a few minutes." you should probably just make plans on your own the rest of the day.

6) That not-a-morning-person that you are used to will completely disappear on the mornings a trailer must be hooked up for a horse-related event. They will be replaced by a bright-eyed super-intense type-A psycho who will NOT care that you need 5 more minutes for your coffee because they need to be at the barn at 5:45 am PRECISELY.

7) Vet bills for horses start at 4-digits and go up from there. If it's less than $1000, pay it quickly and run out of the vet's office before the horse suddenly develops another problem.

8 ) No matter how badly your significant other is injured, you should NEVER blame the horse. In fact, don't mention the injury or the horse if you can avoid it. Suggesting they should avoid riding until they are healed will probably get you a crutch upside the head.

9) If you don't know what to get for a holiday or birthday, a gift card to the feed store is ALWAYS a good option. If you have messed up somehow, this is an excellent way to get out of the dog house. The value should reflect how much trouble you are in. A bouquet of feed store gift cards is generally sufficient to cover very bad mistakes, such as burning down the house or crashing the truck.

10) Your equestrian will be fine if you have your own hobbies and interests. In fact, you had better get your own hobbies and interests. If you want to spend significant time with your equestrian, you need to develop a useful skill.....such as driving a tractor, shoveling, operating a video camera, leatherwork of any sort, or becoming a veterinarian.

11) Trucks are not optional. Yes, the truck and trailer rig will likely be at least half the cost of your house. Arguing about this is unwise, your equestrian will happily LIVE in the truck and trailer and suggest selling the house.

12) Horse craziness is hereditary, generally passed down the maternal lines, but can be present on the males side as well. Prepare for this when planning children.

13) If you need your equestrian to spend more time at home, we suggest building a barn on your property.

14) Dates should be planned in a different county from where the horse is located. If the equestrian gets within 50 miles of the horse, they will need to stop by. You will be stuck there, see point number 5 above.

15) Never make it a competition between you and the horse. New significant others generally cost less money and are faster to train than a new horse. Just saying.

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