A horse that is sore, no matter how much he tries to please, will not be able to work effectively and willingly with the rider to produce a relaxed and fulfilling relationship.

These are only some of the indications that there are pain-related issues going on with you or your horse.

If you have already had the vet look at everything and not been able to solve the issue, contact us. We can help determine what the issues are; we are very often able to help both a horse in distress and the rider too.

Pain in a horse (or dog, or human) can be caused by disease, the aftermath of an acute medical emergency, a fall, a bad step taken while out in the pasture, unbalanced riding, poorly fitting tack, emotional stress, mismatch between horse and rider, and the list goes on.

Patricia and Francis take the time necessary to assess both the horse and rider to find any physical and emotional issues that impact the relationship between the horse and rider.

Francis has extensive experience in biomechanics through his years as a massage therapist and his on-going study of osteopathy. He works extensively on the restoration of mobility to anatomical structures, and the free flow and normal functioning of all body tissues. It is a holistic approach to pain relief and improved function.

Patricia has completed a certification course in The Emotion Code, a technique for finding and releasing trapped emotions in the body. These trapped emotions can also be a source of pain and difficulty. She has had success with many people, horses and dogs, who demonstrate, with changed behaviour, the power of these techniques.

Patricia and Francis work as a team to determine the best course of treatment for a client, including whether or not traditional chiropractic or veterinary help may be the best solution. It is all about producing the best results for each client. We work with equine chiropractors, farriers and vets who are open to new modalities.

The horse of an accomplished dressage client recently had an issue with one-sided stiffness in the jaw and upper neck.  A few minutes with Francis to locate and treat the problem – a tight ligament – produced a noticeable softening in the horse’s jaw and neck. The owner/rider of this horse is what we call a “thinking rider”: when a problem does not self resolve in a short period of time, she seeks to identify and heal the cause of the problem and does not just treat the symptoms.  She told us after her next ride, she had had the best ride on her horse in some months!