Clever Ernie features on McTimoney Animal Association FB Page

One of my clients - Sharon Little and her ex-racehorse Ernie were used as a case study recently to illustrate the effectiveness of the McTimoney treatment (with some massage as always!). It went a little like this....

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This is Ernie, a 9year old Tb owned by Sharon Little for the last two years. Ernie came out of racing due to a wind problem and although he had an operation, it wasn't successful enough for his racing career to continue. When Ernie first came out of racing, he and Sharon did some team chasing at novice level but Sharon really wanted to event him, so she and Ernie started to do more schooling.

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Sharon has been working him slowly to build him up properly and has done some riding club competitions. Finally they were ready to start to do their first combined training competitions together. However, although Ernie was going really well, his canter on the right rein was always difficult and as he did more schooling it became obvious something else was needed. Sharon had used a McTimoney practitioner in the past with good results, so she called on local McTimoney Animal Practitioner Jess Harkness to treat him. Two treatments later and Sharon said " Ernie has changed so much since his treatment. Even my instructor said wow! He feels so much stronger and is jumping better too."

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Jess says "I found Ernie tight in his back muscles with significant muscle spasm in his lumbar area behind the saddle, a 'roached' lumbar spine, and a reduction in spinal mobility where the saddle sits. Crucially, he had an asymmetry in his pelvis with his right hip being lower than the left - something that is often found with horses that find it difficult to canter on one rein. He also had asymmetrical muscle development in his hindquarters, with the left side having to work extra hard. As a result the left hindquarter was particularly sore, with very tight hamstring muscles. Sharon and I discussed the best work regime for Ernie to help him strengthen up correctly. I am really pleased that he is feeling so much better."

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Sharon and Ernie entered their first combined training last weekend and Sharon was pleased to report, "Ernie and I won so we are both extremely pleased: he jumped really well , like a different horse. I had my lesson with Pat Wakefield the day before and when we began jumping we were meeting our fences completely different about a stride out. Pat said it was because he has learnt to canter better giving him a bigger stride, hence the change. When he jumped a bigger fence he gave a little buck and again Pat said he is feeling a difference in his back and thinking wow whats happening here. At the competition he felt amazing: he kept an outline easily and when it came to our showjumping he met the fences perfectly every time. Im so pleased with him and I feel that this is just the beginning."

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To see lots of other lovely stories about animals who have been helped by the McTimoney treatment visit www.facebook.com/McTimoneyAnimalAssociation

Last modified on Thursday, 11 July 2013 18:54

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