Back in Balance Equine Bodywork

Back in Balance Equine Bodywork I use a combination of techniques to improve mobility and comfort as well as being out the strengths, willingness and potential of your equine partner.
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Back In Balance uses a unique method of bodywork that recognizes and follows the visual responses of the horse to touch, to find and release accumulated muscle and structural stress in key junctions of the horse's body that most affect performance.

01/19/2020
Equine Studies on tour - KFPS 2020

Good work being done by this group of educators about equine anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. Hope to get a chance to meet with them some day to learn and share information.

A short video impression of the demonstration of team Equine Studies at the KFPS Royal Friesian Stallion Event 2020. Enjoy! The following team member contrib...

“ Who are we? We were born loving horses.  We have arranged our lives into a horse shaped world.  I wish we would all le...
01/18/2020
January 2020 – Mid Month Update | Blogging from Madalyn Ward, DVM

“ Who are we? We were born loving horses. We have arranged our lives into a horse shaped world. I wish we would all learn to be students of the horse forever. Discerning students who build a deep understanding with a bit of brain science thrown in. Then we just have to listen, horses will always tell the truth.”
http://blog.horseharmony.com/january-2020-mid-month-update/

Holistic Horsekeeping How to have a healthy happy horse. ================ The Future for Horse-Keepers: Isolation or World Change? by Anna BlakeOnline Class For Horse Temperament Typing ================ 1. The Future for Horse-Keepers: Isolation or World Change? by Anna Blake Madalyn's Introduction....

Ridiculous pony cuteness today.....and then Charlotte squealed at Gandalf😂
01/16/2020

Ridiculous pony cuteness today.....and then Charlotte squealed at Gandalf😂

The relationship between the tongue and a horse being heavy on the forehand is the hyoid apparatus.  If these little bon...
01/15/2020
My Toughest Dressage Training Challenge: Curing a Tongue Problem

The relationship between the tongue and a horse being heavy on the forehand is the hyoid apparatus. If these little bones are restricted or sitting incorrectly it will affect the motion of the shoulders and front limbs. Clamping the horses mouth shut with a tight nose band will only add more stress and discomfort and exacerbate the biomechanical struggle. If a horse cannot engage the thorasics sling muscles to elevate the shoulders, the back will then suffer and so it goes. https://dressagetoday.com/theory/toughest-dressage-training-challenge-curing-a-tongue-problem-anja-beran?utm_source=DressageTodayNL&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletter&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--9rFwigEvvoR-399YuZKeBu39CUisrkcDTNVdgm7m3EN8n4BfpvMRlD8tXYyOE6PRihEwW1FWjKl3OnZQErJB1VV2Xkg&_hsmi=81859113
“There is real drama in training horses today when what we need is patience and old knowledge. Not draw reins, Swedish nose bands or hyper flexion.”

European dressage trainer Anja Beran, who has spent a lifetime studying classical equestrian ideals and applying them to training horses, tackles an often-stubborn problem with a surprising solution.

More photos from today's clinic!
01/12/2020

More photos from today's clinic!

Thank you to Michele Arana of In Stride Equestrian for organizing this  group of open minded horsewomen for a clinic wit...
01/12/2020

Thank you to Michele Arana of In Stride Equestrian for organizing this group of open minded horsewomen for a clinic with Pam and I at the Learning Center. We covered a lot of ground in regard to basic anatomy, biomechanics, pathologies and genetic malformations.

We lectured to a great group of interested & interesting horsewomen during our half of the Immersion Clinic, hosted by In Stride Equestrian!

I had the pleasure of meeting Michele this fall  and touring her facility.  She is passionate about her work and helping...
01/11/2020
Above-Ground Burial for Horses – The Horse

I had the pleasure of meeting Michele this fall and touring her facility. She is passionate about her work and helping making a difficult time for animal owners a little easier.

Disposing of a horse’s body is becoming more challenging with tightening burial and landfill regulations and fewer rendering plants. Learn about an alternative solution.

01/09/2020
Front limb

Having fun with rearticulations

You expect your horse to respect your boundaries, but do you respect theirs?
01/08/2020

You expect your horse to respect your boundaries, but do you respect theirs?

Herd Sense...

People still seek validation through touch with horses. But is it done with respect for the animal?

Seeking permission for any interaction is important. Focus your intent and explain what you want to do. Ask with grace. Interact as you would like to be interacted with.

You wouldn't just walk straight up to a friend and pull them away from what they were doing without asking. (Unless perhaps it was an emergency and then you'd need connection and trust first.)

You wouldn't greet a child you'd just met by sticking your hand out and planting it on their face.

Respect boundaries. You can still do this and maintain your own. In fact it will make your own more consistent.

Allow the horse to display affection first at times, if that's what they wish to do.

FYI if your horse rubs on you, that's not them being dominant. It's them doing what they do with other herd members. Mutual grooming, scratching, whatever. Their boundaries are different, but they are there. Heads are vulnerable areas to horses. As are legs. But rubbing against you is friendship or communication, not disrespect. If you don't appreciate it, let them know as other horses do, by simply moving through them, or away. Trust me, no bad habits will be learned through ignoring the 'negative'. (Because mostly that's our perception only.) Just reward the positive.

Remember to give as much choice as possible, and respect the no. Sometimes the answer will be no. But that's OKAY. Horses don't need cuddles. 'It's a relationship, not a love affair'. Sometimes they'll accept cuddles. But they can also connect/bond/feel affection for you from a distance. You can talk to your horse from a distance - via your body language. They get it.

Don't clutch at what you love. The more space you can give, the more connection you will get.

❤️🙏❤️

#wadifarmlife #gowiththeflow #livelighter
words & photos (c) KAW & KJW

The beauty of the digestive tract like only Ivana can dissect and photograph.
01/07/2020

The beauty of the digestive tract like only Ivana can dissect and photograph.

Happy New Year Equine Anatomy Enthusiasts!!!
I am in the middle of processing a lot of pictures from our recent two dissections in Holland. And I love this picture, the intestine is very photogenic :-) and it is a picture of Nature's art.

As of yesterday the hind limb articulation is done!  Complete with magnetized navicular bones, sesamoid bones, 1st and 2...
01/06/2020

As of yesterday the hind limb articulation is done! Complete with magnetized navicular bones, sesamoid bones, 1st and 2nd and 4th tarsal bones and patellas, (which are technically also sesamoid bones.) This allows them to be removed so the structure can be seen underneath. In the case of the tarsal bones, there are vascular channels that run under them through the hock and then to the lower digit. Inflammation, reduced mobility and fusions in the hock with disturb the flow of blood and possibly result in fluid collecting in the lower limb. Think of the fluid collection as a lack of nutrition in, so if you are rehabbing a lower limb soft tissue injury lack of blood flow is not helpful. It can also means a build up of toxins, also not helpful for healing tissue. And remember mobility loss in the hock will mean mobility loss in the stifle as they are connected thru the reciprocal apparatus. We are excited at the Learning Center to have the first articulation complete and will waste no time in articulating a front limb. Of course the whole horse articulation is the goal, but this is a learning process for us as well.

It's not every day one sees a budding Equine Osteopath trying to IMMOBILIZE a hind limb!

More fun in the Learning Center with Diane Dzingle!!

Another excellent write up regarding Apollo’s bones.  Please take the time to read and educate yourself.  Many horses ar...
01/03/2020
Equus-Soma Equine Osteology, Anatomy & Bodywork

Another excellent write up regarding Apollo’s bones. Please take the time to read and educate yourself. Many horses are struggling to do the tasks asked of them and are labeled naughty or bad when in fact they may have been born with skeletal abnormalities. These abnormalities or malformations may not bother them in life if unridden , but the demands of performing under saddle, in Apollo’s case started when his skeleton was still immature at 2 as a race prospect, being asked to balance and carrry the riders weight may be too much and may in fact exacerbate the original problem and create new ones.

Part Two of the Apollo Story is live. You're going to want to block out some time to read & absorb!
http://www.equus-soma.com/apollo-part-two/

This is part of why 2020 will be amazing! Come visit us, ask questions, discover and learn, for horses sake.  It is past...
01/01/2020

This is part of why 2020 will be amazing! Come visit us, ask questions, discover and learn, for horses sake. It is past time for a paradigm shift in our outlook of horses as beasts of burden and pieces of sporting equipment. The bones don't lie.

To all of our colleagues, existing and soon-to-become "friends" of the Learning Center, may your New Year be filled with "Research, Discovery & Education" for the health and welfare of our equine companions!!

2020 will be amazing, I have no doubt!
01/01/2020

2020 will be amazing, I have no doubt!

It's a process, this re-articulation, but it is happening slowly but surely!  Lots of laughs and a few cuss words🤣
12/27/2019

It's a process, this re-articulation, but it is happening slowly but surely! Lots of laughs and a few cuss words🤣

12/23/2019
The study of the equine hoof

Nice video showing the bones of the lower leg and hoof including damage to the coffin joint surface, ring bone and boney overgrowth on the navicular bone.

Here is a little video about ringbone and other “arthritis” that I have seen in the equine leg bones. It’s quite a log video- 16 minutes, but hope you can find the time to watch it.

And if you enjoyed this, there are lots more on my Patreon page.
Come over and learn with me!. Such an interesting subject and so much to learn about!

http://www.patreon.com/hoofstudies

12/20/2019
Sacred Horse Sense

Are you worthy?

Chris Irwin and his mare Tsunami on Sacred Horse Sense.

The preliminary write up about Apollo and some of the things his bones are telling us.  Excellent research by my colleag...
12/18/2019
Apollo-Intro – Equus-Soma

The preliminary write up about Apollo and some of the things his bones are telling us. Excellent research by my colleague Pam at Equus-Soma Osteology, Anatomy and Bodywork, reading endless scientific papers and going down many rabbit holes to put this information together.
.http://www.equus-soma.com/apollo-intro/

         After making the heart-wrenching decision to humanely euthanize her 8 yr old OTTB "Apollo" in October 2018, his owner Eva McGuire asked if I would recover his bones to see if they might provide some answers to the dramatic change in his behavior which had become difficult and someti...

This is a perfect read for the Day of the Horse.Enjoy.
12/13/2019
Training to Be a Late Bloomer - Anna Blake

This is a perfect read for the Day of the Horse.
Enjoy.

He was a bona fide dressage master. We were lucky to have him come for a clinic. It was the early 90s and I was signed up for three rides at $225 each. More than I’d spent on my horse and I knew the clinic would change my life. The participants joined him for dinner ... Read more

12/12/2019
Preserving sound biomechanics: The Bosnian Mountain

Such important research being done by Zefanja Vermeula and Sharon May Davis regarding equine biomechanics and the affect domestication and selective breeding has had on the modern horse. The Equine Osteology and Learning Center here in Aiken SC has many examples of how evolution and development has affected horses.

'What is good biomechanics?' The high prevalence of abnormalities or injuries in today's domesticates makes it somewhat hard to answer these questions. Furth...

The sharp end of the scalpel is pointing at the severed insertion of the hind suspensory ligament,  the deep digital and...
12/12/2019

The sharp end of the scalpel is pointing at the severed insertion of the hind suspensory ligament, the deep digital and superficial digital flexor tendons are spread out toward the bottom of the picture. Impromptu hind limb dissection this afternoon was fascinating! And I still have all my fingers😉.

We decided to get a closer look at the layers and layers of  fascia and the tendons before composting this lower hind li...
12/12/2019

We decided to get a closer look at the layers and layers of fascia and the tendons before composting this lower hind limb for the bones. Such amazing strength in these soft tissues!

Ask not what your horse can do for you, but what you can do for your horse.
12/08/2019
An Assumption Of Obligingness

Ask not what your horse can do for you, but what you can do for your horse.

Many riders don't enjoy the process of training or learning to ride dressage. Many problems come from riders demanding performance instead of appreciating effort. Learn how to enjoy learning and doing dressage by believing that it shouldn't work!

This is how we look at things Osteopathically.  Great visual and explanation from Dr. Tom Beech, the Osteopathic Vet.  L...
12/03/2019

This is how we look at things Osteopathically. Great visual and explanation from Dr. Tom Beech, the Osteopathic Vet. Looking forward to Module 9! at the Vluggen Institute for Equine Osteopathy starting tomorrow, taught by guess who? The Osteopathic Vet!

☆☆☆ ORGANS AND THE SPINE ☆☆☆
(eg Back problems causing colic and guts causing back problems)

A great image to show how the guts (and other organs) as well as blood supply are so strongly related to the spinal cord and the vertebrae.
It is this neurological connection that makes the organs such an important aspect to consider during any treatment process.
Not considering their role in the reduction in mobility of the body results in a reduced quality of treatment. This is because a large factor has been overlooked.

The digestive system, the reproductive system, the urinary system and respiratory system all must be included within the treatment thought process.

In this image it shows the relationship between the spine, the spinal cord and intestine plus it's blood supply.
ANY changes to the mobility of the spine can increase the risk of digestive disturbances including colic....
It also goes the other way in that ANY problems with the gut can reduce mobility of the spine...

All food for thought...

NB I found this image in the depths of my phone. I have no idea where it came from...

Moore Equine Dental Services
12/01/2019

Moore Equine Dental Services

There are still many practitioners that proclaim incisor work is not necessary. Does that mean it is acceptable practice to place a metal speculum in this horse's mouth without an incisor adjustment? I would hope not.

Yes, this is an extreme example to demonstrate a simple concept. Imagine if incisor adjustments had been routinely performed on this horse over the last several years.

Don't abandon common sense if someone is telling you something that simultaneously defies the laws of physics and basic logic.

11/27/2019
Haddes Hovslageri och Fysiologi

A nice explanation of what we are looking for Osteopathically in an internal examination in a mare. The mobility or lack of mobility in the organs including the ovaries can create a great deal of internal strain and discomfort. Palpation is more than feeling the exterior of the organ, it is looking for mobility in all directions and freedom within the fascial layers. Jeanette Adler is an Equine Osteopath EDO and instructor from the Vluggen Institute.

Tack alla som deltog i helgens behandlingar med Jeanette Adler, veterinär och osteopat. Det var en lärorik helg med många aha upplevelser. Jeanette kommer tillbaka 30+31 jan, 1:a, 2:a februari. Som det ser ut nu är det nästan fullbokat men är ni intresserade så hör av er till mig så bokar jag in er alternativt sätter upp er på en reservlista.

Skicka sms till mig på 0722-208756.

Bifogar en informativ video på hur äggstockar som blivit inbäddade i fascia kan påverka stoet.

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Just wanted to let you know that your hard work is paying off. Rubicon is now even, or square as we say in ASB world, when going to the right. His croup angle is better and his top line continues to improve. So thank you from the bottom of his hooves. We still have work to do but boy are we now headed in the correct direction. 🦄
I just wondered if you could shed some light on tension in the face. I have a horse that I noticed today had tension in his face straight after work during the walk off. Is this a sign of pain/tightness somewhere. Or is it due to exertion? He 19 no obvious signs of stiffness for his age. Saddle done. Bit specialist just been. He’s got anatomical bridle which is loose. Teeth just done. This occasion he had been lunged a over a couple of very low jumps. So no rider interference.
Can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than helping a fellow equine anatomy geek clean and inspect her new bones!!!
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I am so grateful for Diane Dzingle and her expertise in keeping our ponies feeling good and performing great! Diane is highly recommended whether you're having a problem or just wanting your horse to perform their best. May-B Tango and Clarwood City Slicker say thank you! ❤️