There are lots of reasons for our horses to be asymmetrical. Asymmetries can be related to conformation, movement patterns, and even poor quality riding. Over time, these imbalances can leadContinue reading “Help Your Horse Find Balance”
Do you shorten one side of your torso while riding? If so, you could be struggling with flexibility issues. The good news is that with some hard work and a little patience, you don’t have to deal with flexibility issues. Sports physical therapy can help.
At first, physical therapists and veterinarians sound almost like two competing forces. But, in reality, these two essential services work together to help you and your horse achieve your equine fitness goals. Click to find out how they can work together.
As riders turn their focus to schooling, it’s important to use this time wisely to analyze last season’s events and see where you can improve. Sports physical therapy can not only help you identify the root of your problem but can also provide the solution as well.
Unfortunately, equine injuries happen to the best and worst of equestrians equally. Find out what NOT to do when rehabbing your four-legged partner, and how equine physical therapy can lead to a full recovery.
Is laser therapy a gimmick or miracle cure? Find out if it could become a part of your elite sports physical therapy program and help your equine reach peak performance.
Are you tired of riding while in pain? Are you and your horse struggling to reach your fitness goals? Ditch the generic exercise routine– build a custom fitness program with the help of a Doctor of Physical Therapy.
In order to be a good partner for your equine, a certain level of fitness is required. You need to be able to maintain balance and move fluidly with yourContinue reading “The Importance of Rider Fitness”
Meet one of Dr. Shields clients: a Grand Prix level jumper who suffered a suspensory ligament injury.
As equestrians, our toughness and dedication to our sport can be our downfall. Studies show that 60 percent of riders don’t seek medical attention after an injury and only 10 percent seek physiotherapy intervention. Treat yourself like the athlete you are.
There are times when you’re riding your horse and everything just seems to click. You and your partner are moving in perfect synchrony, dancing through a dressage test or goingContinue reading “Off Balance? Find Stability with Physical Therapy”
When selecting a veterinarian for your horse, you research online, look at reviews, their experience, where they went to school and listen to what other equestrians have to say aboutContinue reading “How to Choose the Right Physical Therapist for You”
My love of horses started as a kid growing up in Virginia riding for fun and then competitively in the hunter jumper world. Injury after injury my coach got meContinue reading “My Story”
Are you struggling to bend your horse in the corners or during shoulder-in and haunches-in? Do you find it difficult to create a balanced trot down the centerline? After tryingContinue reading “Is Your Horse Telling You “You’re Unbalanced”?”
Most equestrians that are serious about riding have a big support team. It can include a veterinarian, chiropractor, massage therapist, dentist, trainer, barn manager, and even a saddle fitter. DoubleContinue reading “Does your horse have a Doctor of Physical Therapy? Why Not?”
Did you know rider asymmetries are common? Even highly skilled riders have asymmetries! A functional movement assessment of the rider on and off the horse allows for a better understandingContinue reading “Interested in Hosting a Rider Physical Therapy Assessment Clinic at your farm?”
History of Horse Presenting Complaint and Nature of Injury Review treatments, injections, or surgeries previously performed by DVM for presenting complaint Standing Inspection of Horse (Observation, Palpation, Range of Motion)Continue reading “What to Expect with an Equine Physical Therapy Assessment”
Emily Shields received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Old Dominion University in 2005. She had been working at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level 1 Trauma center, in Washington,Continue reading “Dr. Shields, Physical Therapist for the Horse and Rider”
Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner can be a veterinarian, veterinary technician, physical therapist, physical therapy assistant, or students of these professions that completed a postgraduate certificate course offered by the UniversityContinue reading “What is a CERP?”
Equestrians treat their horse as “the athlete,” however consider themselves last on the list. Why don’t we take our health seriously? Every competitive athletic sport has a stretching program toContinue reading “An Insider’s Guide to Equestrian Pre- and Post-Ride Workouts”