Dr Kerry Ridgway, Equine Therapeutic Options

Dr Kerry Ridgway, Equine Therapeutic Options The Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options - whole horse health www.drkerryridgway.com

It is our thought that we want to approach equine health via the entire horse. That includes not only the usual things that we think with Integrative Medicine, such as acupuncture, chiropractic, etc. but also what goes on the horse affects its soundness and health, That means saddles, head gear as well as iron, plastics etc. on its feet. There are times when the very best option may be an allopathic approach including medicine and surgery. Optimizing health is not an either or between "holistic" or and an allopathic approach.

Mission: It is Dr. Ridgway's mission at the Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options to enhance and maximize overall equine health and performance through Integrative Medicine. Our goal is to provide ongoing education for equine health care professionals as well as riders, trainers and all other people involved or interested in equine health related fields.

Check this detailed collaborative article on the complex subject of saddle fitting evaluation. Thanking Equine Veterinar...

Check this detailed collaborative article on the complex subject of saddle fitting evaluation. Thanking Equine Veterinary Education for allowing us to post the full article
Saddles and feet evaluations were major components of any horse/rider assessment in our practice. Kerry started teaching extensive saddle fitting courses in the 90s mainly for Equinology, Inc. He also produced the DVD "Saddle Fitting from A to Z".
Anne Bondi, PhD one of the main researcher in the study is now teaching for Equinology, Inc.

Manolo Mendez Dressage

Manolo Mendez Dressage

All the theories in the world do not change what bones (and muscles when it is alive) reveal about how a horse lived and was ridden.

This thoracic vertebra shows how the facets remodeled to compensate for this horse's crookedness. This bone was presented by Dr Kerry Ridgway, Equine Therapeutic Options at a symposium in 2012 but his lesson stand today.

Understanding the horse’s spinal alignment and how to create good posture is how a rider can truly benefit his horse's health and well being, and thus improve his/her performance.

To create good spinal alignment requires we understand and work on independent balance, suppleness and straightness without over flexing the horse’s spine horizontally (neither inverting nor hyperflexing it ) or laterally or generally riding it crooked, blocking it or torquing it.

Straightness means even-ness, symmetry, ambidexterity: the even development of both halves of the horse which allows it to use all its muscles and joints equally without taxing one more than another.

Spinal health requires the rider remain aware at all times of the inner structure of the horse, of its bones,joints, nerves, muscles, tendons,ligaments and fascia and the need to maintain or enhance their integrity, strength, flexibility and stability.

Think about what happens to bones, healthy and not so healthy when you add the concussive force of movement. This will be the subject of another post.

To learn how to develop good posture and movement in-hand and under saddle, visit www.manolomendezdressage.com and have a look at our downloadable free articles and introduction to in-hand work dvd.

Repost from 2013.

Beyond Fascia…A bigger question?Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and a pioneering researcher in how fascia relates to...

Beyond Fascia…A bigger question?

Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains and a pioneering researcher in how fascia relates to the structural health of the body, wants to explore further the concept of “biomechanical auto-regulation” as being bigger than fascia itself.
Whether it is understanding the true role of gravity, the response of cells to biomechanical forces, or even just grasping the influence of stress, the relationship between cells and their response to external and internal factors, might be a key in understanding what allows us to, not only function in an optimal way, but also to heal!

Tom Myers - Fascia as a System of Biomechanical Auto-Regulation
By Tom Myers

I am so over the word ‘fascia’. I have touted it for 40 years – I was even called the ‘Father of Fascia’ the other day in New York (it was meant kindly, but…) — now that ‘fascia’ has become a buzzword and is being used for everything and anything, I am pulling back from it in top-speed reverse. Fascia is important, of course, and folks need to understand its implications for biomechanics, but it is not a panacea, the answer to all questions, and it doesn’t do half the things even some of my friends say it does.

What is Biomechanical Auto-Regulation?

So let’s talk about ‘biomechanical auto-regulation’, which is a concept bigger than ‘fascia’. How do we build, maintain and adjust our bodies to meet the mechanical needs of gravity and the other forces that come in from the outside, as well as the forces we generate inside with our muscles? (And of course it all has to work thermodynamically – to maintain temperature – and hydrodynamically – everything needs to be wet – as well.)

Compounding the problem – but also the key to its understanding – is that it all has to be built cell by cell. You are somewhere around 100 trillion cells somehow working together to produce the event called you. It’s a bleedin’ miracle. Read this.

Up until recently, we were satisfied with the ‘muscles attach to tendons that cross joints between bones to produce movement (or stop it), limited by the length and strength of the muscle, its attachments, the shapes of the bones, and the limiting ligaments’ – something like that was the working theory.

The Extra-Cellular Matrix

Adding the extra-cellular matrix to the mix certainly produced some interesting new insights, many of which have been shown in the Fascial Research Congresses since 2007. Like:

Muscles attach to the muscles beside them via areolar ‘fuzz’ and inter muscular septa that transmit significant force and allow the body to be much more efficient than the ‘isolated muscle theory’ (origin – insertion – action) would predict. (Hiding et al)

Muscles attach to and affect the tension in ligaments, allowing ligaments to stabilize joints at all angles of us. (Van der Wal)

Hydraulic amplification is happening all over the body all the time.

And of course my favorite:

Muscles transmit beyond their attachments via the fascial fabric to structures both proximal and distal. (Myers, Vleeming, Franklin-Miller, et al)

How Cells Help Help Us Function

But below this macro-level of organismic or regional biomechanics is the underlying question of how cells – which are of course the actual engines of life – assess and respond to mechanical forces. How are the cells you are sitting on avoiding rupture? How will they adapt to the new stress when you stand up? What’s the mechanical component of cancer (exciting new arena)? How do we repair a strain, a wound, a break at the cellular level?

A lot is known, but much remains unknown, as this article admits at the beginning. What is known, and what is so exciting in this new world for both manual therapists and movement teachers is that the cells are ‘listening’ intently to what’s going on around them on a mechanical level (as well as the chemistry around them of course) and responding in a variety of ways.

Cells need to be in their mechanical ‘happy place’ to function. Too crowded can produce cell suicide; too stretched can stimulate reproduction, and every cell has a ‘Goldilocks’ tension – different for different cells – where they function happily. Organismic movement and stretching – yoga, pilates, training, manual therapy – can help cells to their proper tension environment by relieving pressure or strain, and this results in better functioning all over. Why should yoga help digestive problems, or some of my bodywork clients report increased regularity of their periods? This points the way.

A lot of you have asked about ordering and shipping overseas. You will find all of the information below. HURRY, Novembe...

A lot of you have asked about ordering and shipping overseas. You will find all of the information below. HURRY, November 1st deadline, for pre-launch price! Order TODAY!

The final advanced copy has arrived in all its glory. I am over the moon with the final product! It is 1.75 inches thick. BTW these are high quality sewn copies, not cheap glued books! Shiny! Instructions for ordering below. Please note that the low USD price in only good until the end of the day on November first, after that we go to 20% off for the month of November and then to the regular price in December. Please, only USA shipping addresses for the USA offer. PLEASE SHARE

We are offering the pre-print offer (they are printed and are in route!) of $99USD plus $10 shipping until November 1. 2018. We will then go to 20% off for the rest of November which will be $119 plus shipping. When December first hits, we will off it at the normal list price of $149USD plus $10 shipping. Orders can be placed with credit cards and paypal by going to www.equiinkpublications.com.

For UK orders, we have a pre-launch order special of GBP125.00 for UK orders, and GBP145.00 for mainland Europe orders - no additional postage. This special is valid until the 1st of December, 2018, when the books hit British soil - in time for Christmas!
From December 01, 2018, students attending Equinenergy courses can buy the book at the course course venue for discounted price of GBP85.00. All other offsite pre-print special off for UK: GBP 140.00 (UK) and GBP 155 (mainland Europe), which includes shipping costs.
Special promotion orders (before December 01, 2018) can be placed through https://equinenergy.com/product/equinology-course-manual/?fbclid=IwAR2FRYIxMwG6IJx7Da6bRcS6bJ4R-lW02vYACnj47zC_7IVXhQcQXIre5-4

Details are being sorted. Once done, EquiCanis South Africa will begin taking orders for the new book. If interested in being on the list for purchase please write [email protected] and she can let you know the costs.

Canadian Pricing will be as follows (in CDN$):
Regular Book price will be 215$
Launch Price will be 140.00$ with a 50.00$ deposit OR 125$ if paid in full at time of purchase
Shipping will be in addition to purchase price and Delivery is anticipated December 1, 2018.
Email [email protected] or PM or message me to get your name on the list!!! Here is the link to the page: https://www.ciecbweducation.ca/product-page/anatomy-of-equine-bodywork-the-equinology-approach?fbclid=IwAR0A_AOoBkttt9kSUSvurbrDrRmqjVkiDbKt9OQXWCjXtzC5B_HjWd28ENY

We now move into our normal pre-sale phase that is open to everyone. We will have something sparkly on the table for you to take advantage of until the presale ends.
Enter the code preSALE (case sensitive) for $30 off the normal retail price = $200 + gst + $15 postage
We hope that many of you are feeling pretty chuffed right about now for the $70 bonus you received for subscribing to our website and that this book delivers everything you hoped for and more (it will, we promise - Deb creates magic).
To any qualified EEBW in Australia, New Zealand or Asia and our friends at Manolo Mendez will continue to have access to their extra awesome $80 codes for the time being. Please write [email protected] with any questions.

It's coming, it's coming. You will be offered the same special discount codes as the Aussie release on your own allocation and we will post about this when it all goes live. Please write [email protected]

The mysterious world under the skin | DW Documentary

Fascia: is it just a new buzzword? Please take time this weekend to check this new documentary that presents the latest scientific findings findings by international researchers and provides new surprising insights. 40 minutes of fascinating information!

Under the skin, the human body has a connective tissue called fascia that contains muscles and nerves. But what does the fascia do? [Online until: 21.08.2018...

Rehabilitating the Lame Horse: Mind, Body & Spirit (Part four of a four part series)

The final video of the series is focusing on the various aspects of rehabilitation. Rehab is more than just healing a tendon or a ligament...Understand what is involved in a successful rehabilitation program. And pay special attention to Dr Carol Gillis's question (www.equineultrasound.com) toward the end of the video!

Cutting edge rehab techniques featuring ROCK STARS of the vet world… Dr. Sue Dyson (lameness / orthopedics expert), Dr. Carol Gillis (developed rehab protoco...

Recognizing Facial Expressions of a Horse in Pain: Part three of a four part series

3rd video, same message, creating awareness for early detection of lameness. Develop the ability to discern discomfort before overt lameness. Manolo Mendez, Manolo Mendez Dressage is an expert at recognizing subtle signs that would indicate underlaying pain!

Don't wait for the head bob! Learn to see pain on your horses face before damage gets worse. After studying hundreds of horses, world renowned equine orthope...

Diagnosing Subtle Lameness: Part Two of a Four Part Series

The second part of this series reminds you to NOT take shortcuts: perform a whole body evaluation and assess the horse at the barn, in motion, over soft and hard surfaces, in straight lines and on circles, etc...
Understand the inflammation process, recognize when there is compensation and multiple lamenesses, and be aware of the changes in neural pathways when pain is present.

www.EquitopiaCenter.com follows world renowned veterinary lameness specialist, Dr. Sue Dyson, as she shows how to systematically determine - not just the sub...

Recognizing Subtle Lameness - Part One of a Four Part Series

Recognizing subtle lameness... Something we have been fighting our whole professional life. Make the owner or trainer notice the toe drag, the shorter front phase of the stride, the irregularity in the rhythm, the slight asymmetry, etc... Most riders don't want to hear it and nobody wants to stop the training...until the horse is actually LAME!
A good video series to watch for the GOOD of the HORSE!

Equitopia speaks with world renown lameness specialist Dr. Sue Dyson as well as other internationally acclaimed horse professionals to point out the signs of...

Wonderful news! Don't miss the launching of this masterpiece in Equine Anatomy and Function.  Great anatomical illustrat...

Wonderful news! Don't miss the launching of this masterpiece in Equine Anatomy and Function. Great anatomical illustrations, a very complete and precise masterwork that will become for sure a reference book for all equine professionals, or horse lovers.
Please check this page for the latest information on how to purchase your copy!

THIS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PREPRINT USA ORDERS. Ordering for other countries will be available too, hang tight. Special preprint price $99USD (normal list $149) plus $10 shipping (USA only please). Add 7.67 if a California resident. Payment instructions at the end.

This text is available to the general public and will complement any techniques you offer your horse (or want to learn to offer your horse). Over 750 pages with illustrations, photos and of course the painted horse.

Topics and Chapters supported by text, illustrations and photos within this book include:
Equine Anatomy and Physiology by Dr. Kalyani Premkumar, MBBS, MD, MSc (Med Ed), PhD
Individual Sports and Riding Disciplines Issues by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
The Skeletal System by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Surface Anatomy and Landmarks; palpate like a pro! By Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Equine Movement and Understanding Gaits by Dr. Peter Flood, DVM with Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
The Skeletal Muscular System of the Horse by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW (supported by illustrations and the painted horse!)
The Lame Horse; locomotion, adaptation and standard diagnostics by Dr. Nicole Rombach, APM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD
Neurological Diseases by Dr. Nicole Rombach, APM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD
Spinal Dysfunction in the Horse by Dr. Nicole Rombach, APM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD
Safety Guidelines for Bodywork by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Equine Conformation by Dr. Barb Crabbe, DVM and Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Static and Dynamic Observation for a Session by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Equine Bodywork Techniques and Guidelines by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Stretching and Activation Exercises by Dr. Nicole Rombach, APM, MEEBW, CCBW, MSc., PhD and Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Follow-Up Exercise After Bodywork by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Concepts of Rehabilitation and Considerations by Dr. Carrie Schlachter, VMD, ACVSMR
Saddle Fitting by Dr. Kerry Ridgway, DVM and Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, CSFT, CIT
Building Your Business and Maintaining Professionalism by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Marketing by Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Individual Muscle Section: Origin, Insertion, Innervation, Function and Issues by Dr. Peter Flood, DVM and Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Introduction to Equine Myofascial Release by Ruth Mitchell Golladay PT, EEBW and Debranne Pattillo, MEEBW
Understanding Equine Dentistry

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omg, this is Kirtstens dad!! :) he use to live in Santa Rosa