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JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101
AVAILABLE APRIL 20, 2011
Straight talk about dressage
from one of the best teachers and mentors
of our generation
JANE SAVOIE’S DRESSAGE 101
The Ultimate Source of Dressage Basics in a Language You Can Understand
Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of Jane Savoie’s Dressage 101 by internationally renowned coach, mentor, and motivational speaker Jane Savoie. This one-volume new edition of Jane’s best-selling books Cross-Train Your Horse and More Cross-Training provides a simple, riddle-free system of training that places a high priority on the horse’s physical and mental well-being. Beginning with the three golden rules of dressage training—clarity, consistency, and kindness—Jane walks you through her four stages of dressage education. Stage One is an introductory course in the basics; Stage Two covers the "nuts and bolts" of training, including transitions, school figures, and movements; Stage Three translates the secrets surrounding the half-halt, enabling you to put your horse "on the bit," and adding a whole new dimension to your training; and you’ll even be ready for some "fancy stuff " in Stage Four. You don’t have to be smart, rich, or a super athlete to master dressage fundamentals and have an enthusiastically willing, exuberantly forward, excitingly athletic horse—you just need this book.
Jane is as well-known as a coach, writer, and speaker as she is for her competitive accomplishments. She was the 1996 and 2004 Olympic dressage coach for the Canadian Event Team in Atlanta and Athens, and she coached several top dressage and event riders in their preparations for the 2000 Olympics. Jane is the author of a number of bestselling books and DVDs, including That Winning Feeling! and It’s Not Just about the Ribbons.
Jane Savoie is one of the most recognized names in dressage. She has been a member of the United States Equestrian Team and has competed for the US in Canada, Holland, Belgium, France, and Germany. She was the reserve rider for the Bronze-medal-winning Olympic dressage team in Barcelona, Spain. She has been long-listed by the USET with several horses and has won nine Horse of the Year awards and three National Freestyle Championships.
Cara McNamee, DVM
Omar Maher, DV, DACVS
This time of year, thrush is commonly seen as a foot problem as horses are often standing in muddy pastures all day. However, another more serious foot problem can result from the same environmental conditions. Canker is a chronic dermatitis of the foot that results in growth of moist tissue with a rotten smell. It is usually seen in Draft horses, especially in the hind feet, but has been documented in light breeds as well. It is caused by a bacterial infection that results in abnormal keratin production (the horn of the foot), that affects the frog and the sole. It is seen more in humid environments, and may initially be misdiagnosed as thrush, though thrush usually results in loss of hoof tissue as opposed to growth. Risk factors include standing in wet pastures or in unhygienic conditions.
Canker is usually not associated with lameness early on, and often originates in the frog as a small area of pink tissue that bleeds easily, progressing to a more proliferative cauliflower-like mass with a foul odor. If untreated, the infection can penetrate into deeper tissues and severe lameness can result, warranting more aggressive therapy. Canker is diagnosed by its characteristic appearance and odor or by biopsy of the affected area.
Treatment can be complicated and expensive, and may require multiple sessions of general anesthesia to debride the proliferative tissue. The horse will be anesthetized and after a tourniquet is applied to the affected leg, the abnormal tissue is cut away until normal tissue is seen. Then liquid nitrogen is used as cryotherapy to freeze the area. Topical treatments are then applied daily thereafter, using acetone and benzoyl peroxide to keep to the foot as dry as possible, with topical antibiotics as well. Systemic antibiotics may be used, however this may require the horse to stay in a hospital for IV treatments. Most importantly, the foot needs to stay as dry and clean as possible, and the horse must stay in a dry environment. Your farrier may be able to help by creating a hospital plate that can be removed daily with a drill for treatments. Horses with canker usually have well-cared for feet, which make the disease all that much more frustrating. Therefore, good hygiene and cleaning your horses feet daily will help prevent problems with canker or other issues affecting the sole during the mud season.
Connect with Your Horse from the Ground Up
Transform the Way You See, Feel, and Ride with a Whole New Kind of Groundwork
Transform the Way You See, Feel, and Ride with a Whole New Kind of GroundworkConnect with Your Horse from the Ground Up
PEGGY CUMMINGS with Bobbie Jo Lieberman
At a young age, Peggy Cummings noticed that many of the horses she rode and worked with were sadly inhibited—unable to express their innate curiosity, trust, and freedom of motion—and went about their work in a mechanical, stiff way. This inspired a lifelong search for real-world ways to achieve the "lightness" and "ease" promoted by top instructors and classical texts.
160 pp • 8 ¼ x 10 ¼ • 310 color photos and 35 illustrations • 978 1 57076 422 6 • $29.95 hc
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Now, in this long-awaited book, Cummings describes the essentials of her specialized groundwork—the prelude and foundation of her acclaimed Connected Riding program—along with over two dozen highly illustrated exercises to help horses and their handlers find a reciprocal "connection" on the ground so it is easier to establish in the saddle. These exercises, done both standing still and in motion, drastically change the way you see and "feel" your horse, and radically improve how your horse moves, responds, and goes about his work.
In clinics worldwide and through her website and books, PEGGY CUMMINGS helps countless riders discover their own "aha" moments, helping horses and riders get "unstuck," regain their elasticity, and learn what it’s like to move without bracing patterns, compression, and counterbalancing. Her DVD
Trafalgar Square Books is pleased to announce the publication of
NH horse and rider struck by car
NH horse and rider struck by car
Equestrians speak out about road safety
It was about noon on Saturday, January 22, 2011, when Celia Donovan and her friend Evelyn Miller were riding their horses down Dennison Pond Road in Francestown, NH. According to the two riders, a car was approaching from behind at a speed they believed to be too fast. Despite Evelyn’s efforts to signal the driver to slow down, Celia Donovan and her horse Fritz were struck.
In the police report, the 19-year-old driver states, “I had been breaking so I could stop, but I hit a patch of ice and ended up hitting the horse and the lady. I was going only about ten miles per hour.”
The driver’s vehicle had damage to the windshield, hood and front bumper, where Celia Donovan and Fritz landed. Both horse and rider were injured.
“Believe me, she was not going 10 mph.” says Celia, “also, there was no ice; I had scrutinized the road on the way up. I would never take my horse on ice. There was good traction.”
The road conditions on the police report did not indicate the presence of ice, but the officer did state that the snow was slick, even though it was sanded. The driver was not charged with anything, nor did she receive a citation.
Insurance will cover the growing pile of medical expenses for Celia and Fritz, but Celia’s concern is for the lack of interest she feels the police had in her case. She says the police indicated that she shouldn’t have been on the road. She met with the Select Board on March 14 to discuss the accident and share her concerns. The board soon met with the officer on the scene to discuss ways to improve driver awareness in the matter of sharing the road with equestrians.
The officer told the Monadnock Ledger, “We haven’t come up with anything concrete.”
New Hampshire law states “Every person having control or charge of a vehicle shall, whenever upon any way and approaching any horse, drive, manage, and control such vehicle in such a manner as to exercise every reasonable precaution to prevent the frightening of such horse, and insure the safety and protection of any person riding or driving the same.” NH RSA 265:104
Equestrians posting on EquineSite.com’s Bulletin Board share Celia’s concern and outrage over the accident.
“This is not the first time an equestrian rider or driver has been hit on a road nor will it be the last,” explains one poster. “If anything, conflicts with inexperienced, distracted, and just plain rude drivers seem to be getting more frequent.” She goes on to suggest equestrians get the word out in any way possible… “online, in print, word of mouth, radio, TV, high school health and safety classes, driver's ed teachers…”
In recent years, that is just what the New Hampshire Horse Council has been trying to do with their “Share the Road” campaign. The NHHC uses education and leadership to act as a liaison among horse groups, the general public and the legislature. They submitted press releases through various types of media advising drivers,
“Please slow down and pass wide, and allow as much room as feasible between the horse and the vehicle. Slowing down allows the horse and rider (driver) enough time to realize a vehicle is approaching and to make sure the horse is prepared for the vehicle to pass. When approaching a horse from the rear, it is important to know that the horse and rider (driver) is going to be less aware of your presence, so please be cautious. Never sound the horn or create loud noises, as this might cause the horse to spook.”
Legally, horses are allowed on most roads, yet horse folk are getting the message that they don’t belong there.
Another member of the EquineSite.com Bulletin Board writes, “I've also, like many others, been yelled at to get off the road by drivers who are extremely ignorant of what the laws actually say.”
So despite the state laws and the laws of common courtesy, the roads seem to be getting increasingly more dangerous. Celia Donovan feels that the lack of action taken against the driver in her accident sends the wrong message. “Okay, yes we do have to educate, but if this girl has no consequence, she’s going to carry on doing what she’s doing.”
Riders who are concerned about their safety on the road can contact their state horse council to inquire about precautions they can take and steps they can take to spread the word about “sharing the road.”
Celia will have to put her eventing season on hold while her broken hand mends and Fritz’s hock heals. As many have expressed, she’s lucky they are both alive.
Osteopathy for Humans Crosses into Equine Realm
Osteopathy for Humans Crosses into Equine Realm
Written by Theresa Gagnon
Many horse owners incorporate chiropractic treatments, for themselves and their animals, into their health care regimens. Osteopathy is another branch of health care being applied to both humans and horses. As the health care field broadens its scope to include more modalities for human patients, many practitioners also want the benefits of these treatments to be available for animals. Stephen Schwartz, DO, is one of those practitioners.
Born in London in 1948, Dr. Schwartz graduated from the British College of Osteopathic Medicine at the age of 20 and has practiced in England, New Zealand, and Australia. He now resides and practices in Israel, and will soon be traveling to the United States to conduct his workshops.
Osteopath vs. Chiropractor
In the United States, an osteopath must attend post-graduate medical school for 4 years and then complete a three-year residency, the same as any MD. In contrast, a chiropractor goes to post-graduate chiropractic school for 3 years and then does a one-year internship. Osteopaths are able to prescribe medications (chiropractors cannot) and have privileges at hospitals.
Osteopathy was founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who started the first American School of Osteopathy (now Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) in 1898. Still made two important statements: “Structure governs function,” which means that a living organism cannot function normally if its supporting structures have lost part of their mobility; and “The rule of artery is sovereign,” which means that impaired blood circulation may weaken an affected organ. When an organ does not fulfill its function correctly, it cannot fight the nesting of bacteria or viruses, which take advantage of its weakness.
The four major principles of osteopathy are:
1. The body is a unit – an integrated unit of mind, body, and spirit.
2. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, having the inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself.
3. Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.
4. Rational therapy is based on consideration of the first three principles.
These principles are not held by osteopathic physicians to be laws, but are the foundation of the osteopathic philosophy on health and disease. The broad theory is that most pain and disease processes are caused by structural misalignments in the skeletal or muscular systems. By manipulating the body, the alignments can be corrected, allowing the fluids to flow properly, releasing entrapped nerves which in turn allow the body’s recuperative process to “heal itself.”
Manipulation aimed at mobilization of joints, muscles, or fascia helps to release restrictions. The manual osteopathic treatment makes use of an array of techniques, normally used together with dietary, shoeing or hoof trimming, saddle fitting and exercise advice, in an attempt to help horses recover from illness and injury or to minimize or manage pain and disease.
AN OSTEOPATHY SESSION
The process that Dr. Schwartz teaches begins when a history is taken, involving questions about diet, turnout, exercise or training routines, and any injuries or illnesses. Treatment of the horse begins with an overall evaluation of observing the individual. Does the horse stand square with weight placed evenly on all four feet? The horse is then observed moving in a straight line and then in circles at a walk. Here the practitioner is looking for deviations from normal movement, such as shortened stride length, landing on one side of a hoof, legs that do not track in a straight line, etc. All this information gives the practitioner information about possible restrictions in joints or soft tissue.
In osteopathy, the key to health is mobility. Restrictions in either joints or soft tissue can hinder movement and in turn create dis-ease, either directly (such as calcifications in the joint itself) or indirectly (fascia compressing blood or nerve supply).
Once the horse has been observed, the hands-on treatment begins. The horse is examined by palpation, with the practitioner looking for areas of muscle tightness, reactivity, and areas that feel unusually hot (inflammation) or cold (lack of circulation). Soft tissue restrictions may be treated with a variety of manual techniques, similar to what one would use in massage, such as effleurage, percussion, friction, or petrissage. The manual techniques in soft tissue are aimed at restoring movement of fluids. Then the joints are passively mobilized by slowly moving them through their available and comfortable range of motion. A joint may be flexed and extended, circled, and laterally or medially flexed. The joints are manually frictioned with soft circling of fingertips as they are mobilized to break up any calcifications that may have formed. Then the entire limb may be stretched to release any restrictions in soft tissue as well. All the techniques taught are non-invasive and low impact.
The process taught to riders and owners does not include performing an “adjustment,” a manual technique aimed at restoring motion. Osteopaths may perform manual adjustments of joints using one of a variety of methods. High velocity, low amplitude treatment uses force quickly applied to a discrete area. The key to removing the restriction is in the direction the force is applied -- at an angle that will cause the bones to realign. Another method is called percussion. The use of percussion was pioneered by Robert Fulford, DO, and developed over many years of practice. This involves using a Foredom percussor, commonly called an activator, over precise areas of the body at just the right speed (and correct length of time) to help the body treat itself. The activator is a spring-loaded metal device that releases a small rubber tipped plunger at low velocity. The plunger “thumps” the body and stimulates nerves that will then create a cascade of activity in the body that causes the restriction to release. These techniques should be undertaken only by chiropractors and osteopaths.
Equine osteopaths are common in many countries; however, they are limited in number in the United States. The “Find a Practitioner” link at the International Association of Equine Osteopaths website (www.theiaeo.org) lists just 15 states with certified Equine Osteopaths. The only institution in the US approved to provide certification training in equine osteopathy is the Vluggen Institute for Equine Osteopathy & Education, located in Austin, TX, and approved through the International Association of Equine Osteopaths.
Theresa Gagnon, a Certified Veterinary Technician and Licensed Massage Therapist, is the Director of Animal Programs at the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA, and a partner with Jodi Clark in Mending Fences Equine Wellness. www.HorseAndDogMassage.com, www.FreeMovementMassage.com, www.MendingFencesEquine.com
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