I am so excited (and albeit, slightly terrified) for what is in store for 2018. As of the end of February I will begin a 3 year journey to become an Equine Osteopath through the Vluggen Institute of Equine Osteopathy and Education in Texas. I will be able to continue living at home and working as I am now – just with scheduled weeks away and of course all of ...

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I am very excited to announce that I am now offering Class IV laser therapy under Dr. Jewell of Heartland Vet! Dr. Jewell has been seeing the benefits of laser therapy for a couple of years now from owning the only portable laser of its kind in Kelowna. Equines as well as any companion animal (and humans!) can receive relief from a variety of conditions including (but not limited to): ...

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Happy New Year! I, for one, am excited to move forward into 2016! I eagerly await new learning opportunities, to further expand my business, and to help as many horses and owners as possible. I have begun furthering my education on saddle fit, which is something that has grown to be a true passion of mine over the last few years. I feel like there is a true lack of ...

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NAME: Transverse Abdominal ORIGIN: Transverse processes of the lumbar vertebrae INSERTION: Xiphoid Cartilage ACTION: Compress abdomen OTHER INFORMATION: This large muscle overlaps two other major muscles that also support the horse’s topline: the external abdominal oblique and the internal abdominal oblique. When working on this muscle you are also affecting the others. We will look at these further on another blog post. Doing ‘cookie tests’ and belly lifts will help ...

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Ready for a two in one doozy today?? I figured we may as well do the Semitendonous and the Biceps Femoris together, as they (along with the semimembranous) make up the horse’s hamstring group!! This powerhouse group of muscles is very important to the horse – follow along to see just how they affect our equines. BICEPS FEMORIS   ORIGIN: Gluteal Fascia, Ishium INSERTION: Lateral Femur, Cranial border of tibia, ...

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My apologies for the delay in getting a New Muscle Monday post up again! We’ll be concentrating on the hind end for the next few posts. Enjoy! NAME: Semimembranous ORIGIN: Ishium INSERTION: Medial border of the femur ACTION: This muscle is a retractor of the hind limb. It extends the hip and adducts the limb. OTHER INFO: The semimembranous is a powerful muscle of the hind end and is the ...

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mandy of Amanda Batchelor Equine Photography recently when she agreed to take some photos to help showcase my business. I was impressed with her professionalism, her ability to catch moments that would be missed by many, her prompt communication and delivery of photos, and of course her kindness. She truly has a passion for horses and you can tell that she loves what she ...

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Happy dreary Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend, despite the gloomier weather around here lately. Up next for New Muscle Monday is a very important driving muscle of the hind! NAME: Middle Gluteal ACTION: Retract the limb and extend the hip. The Middle Gluteal is a major retractor muscle of the hind end and commonly mistaken as one of the three hamstrings (which are the semitendonous, semimembranous, ...

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Happy Monday everyone, here goes number 2! As always, questions and comments are welcome. Name: Rectus Abdominus Action: Flexes the spine Affected by: ill-fitting cinches, improper carriage whilst under saddle Other info: This muscle is one of the key muscles that are involved with rounding the back and achieving collection. When this muscle is too contracted, the horse will have a roach back. A good exercise to activate this muscle ...

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