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Bitting Clinic - What I can help with .....

Gail Johnson - Monday, April 22, 2019
Always worth reposting !

Here is a link to the consultation page giving more info : Bitting Consultation
What I can't help with is 1) eradicate long term habits in an hour, 2) make you ride like a top rider, 3) fix an issue that isn't bit related - although appropriate guidance will be offered, 4) heal a mouth that is damaged in an hour, 5) heal horse/pony (and rider!) psychological issues in an hour.....

Sometimes to help we have to go sidewards a little before we go forwards (not literally, but then again, sometimes possibly so);  If a back issue and an ill fitting bit has caused a bitting issue, and you get the back sorted, sometimes the back needs rechecking after I have sorted the bit ....What I am saying is that its the whole picture that needs taking into account.  I can fit a bit that is suitable for both horse and rider in the situation they have described needing it for....if the horse has shocking teeth these will need sorting before you can possibly see the benefits...other examples are available :-)
Happy riding people !!

HBH Woody needs the physio !

Gail Johnson - Monday, March 11, 2019
Never a dull moment her between work, the horses, Paddy pooch and Lady Cath.  HBH Woody recently had a few little stumbles when ridden.  This was noted and then obviously I decided investigation was needed.

Before my physio appointment Woody decided he wasn't broken enough so he was seen flying around the slippy muddy field at great speed and skidding to a halt a few inches from the gate....at least he didn't repeat Daisy's acrobatics of a few years ago and go over the gate taking out the gate post and part of the neighbouring fence.

Lovely local physio Catherine came out to see Woody and he was assessed and found that he had a few pelvis issues, tight hamstrings, tight neck muscles and stepping short in front on one side.  Pleased to report that she treated him and, even though his eyes were so wide at one point I could see all the white around them, he seemed to really enjoy his physio session.  He is now much more realigned and no permanent damage has been caused. Need to get back on board and start building up the core muscles in us both (!)