Archive for June, 2010

Kerry’s very first Blog Post

June 20, 2010

Colorado Clinic

WOW! after many years of swearing that I am going to start a blog, the time has finally arrived. Christine, my wonderful wife, has always accused me of having a major case of “verbal diarrhea” whenever I write something or give a lecture. Now at this moment of truth, I find myself at somewhat of a loss for words.

There have been so many neat moments and epiphanies in the last couple of years and even in this first half of 2010. We had a great lecturing trip in Canada in February and also a good teaching experience in Germany. But perhaps, I should start with this past month and our experiences and insights from lecturing, teaching and sharing some mutual interests in Colorado.

It came about because of an invitation to speak to law enforcement officers in a course on Equine Investigations Level 2 taught by instructors from the Equine Investigations Academy. The academy is sponsored by “Code 3” who call themselves “Riders of the Storm.”  Code 3  maintains and dispatches a tractor trailer combination with a 55 foot trailer rigged to handle rescue and treat animals in disasters such as Katrina, and the severe hurricanes in Florida, forest fires, earthquakes and a variety of other natural disasters.

Law enforcement personnel are often put in the position of having to deal with horses under some pretty tough conditions. Think about it – they may not have any background in horses, their management, their behavior (especially when under stress), etc. Yet, they have to make immediate major decisions as to what is the right action to take, given the circumstances.

Many of the attendees are also Humane and Animal Control Officers, and there are so many things and correct procedures that they must follow – especially if there is criminal or cruelty aspects to cases.

The wealth of veterinary information in terms of anatomy, physiology, behavior, etc by such individuals as Dr. Charlotte Robinson, and Nan Stuart of Code 3, was mind boggling to me. I was there to speak to them about such things as ulcers in the equine digestive tract and how they impact the behavior of horses. We also addressed the so called “Ridgway Trot” properly known as the “Cardiac Recovery Index” or CRI. This is of value to humane enforcement where horses can be overworked such as in “wild-cat” endurance rides, some gymkana events, and many others where knowledge and supervision are minimal. It is of value on movie set works where a train chase scene is shot over and over many times until it is deemed a “take”.

I also gave demonstrations on the effective use chiropractic and acupuncture and some forms of bodywork. It was also my goal to give them information on how they could discern a good practitioner in integrative medicine from, e.g. the vast number of people out there doing equine “chiropractic” who have no formal education and an incomplete knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics.

The attendees are taught in-depth body condition scoring to determine whether horses are adequately fed and cared for. I for one, would not put any veterinarian I personally know up against one of these people when it comes to accurate body scoring.

The group also had to conduct a mock rescue operation of 78 horses that were trapped in a forest fire. They had one hour advance warning of this task that required them to set up the command posts, assign an operations manager, an operational plan, assign jobs of catching, haltering, and identifying each animal and then getting them loaded on trailers and transporting them to a holding area. Once at the holding area they presented them to Dr. Robinson and myself to be checked for injuries, smoke inhalation, etc.

I mentioned that they had to identify each and every one. What I did not say, was that they had to provide a description such that any other member of the group could go and  pick out that animal from the description provided by the person who caught and haltered the animal. Their tasks in the drill (last year when I taught there) also included a mock heart attack of one of the personnel, a hysterical owner and a very obnoxious person from the media who was very much in the way (ably played by Nan’s husband, Erik) . Some challenge – you bet.

Yes, there I have done the first blog and yes, I did end up with more words than I intended. (Geez, I hate it when Christine is right.)  Oh, but there is so much more to tell you about the trip

Next blog, I want to tell you about meeting an incredible worker and teacher in the field of myofascial work. I will introduce you to Jim Pascucci!

Welcome to our blog!

June 18, 2010

In conjunction to the inception of our new website, we also want to welcome you to the blog aspect of the site. What we desire from this effort is an ambitious discussion that would lead us to healthier, happier horses who can perform up to their genetic potential without compromising their well-being. There is room too for the non-performing  horse’s health and welfare. We sincerely believe that through Integrative modalities and consumer awareness, WE CAN improve the level of care and life quality of our horses.

Though all persons who post on our site and blog have the goal of the welfare of the horse, there are some in every “modality” that have strong feelings as to how that modality should be applied. I want to open this blog to those diverse opinions, but will be very critical of “flaming” other contributors, including myself in that category.

We will post discussions on many various topics, because there is so much that falls into the category of “therapeutic options”, even such topics as dentistry, saddle and tack fit, etc…

Here are some of the topics that we hope to cover:

– Acupuncture & Acupressure

– Musculoskeletal manipulation

– Myofascial & Neuromuscular  release

– Massage

– Saddle Fitting/Tack Fitting

– Hoof Balance

– Dentistry

– Nutritional considerations