Ginger is a lovely sweet natured mare who was rescued by The Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies, Monmouth. When they found her, she was in a lot of pain and unable to walk properly due to her long hooves and severe laminitis. X-rays showed that her pedal bones had rotated.
She was on box rest for a long time whilst the lovely people at SWHP nursed her back into good health and their farrier undertook the massive job of improving her feet. Due to her trying to escape the pain and compensating for having long hooves, Ginger changed the way she walked and so this had an effect on her muscles and joints.
I see Ginger every 2 weeks and mostly use fascial release, massage, red light therapy and a tuning fork. There is still a lot of tension and tightness to unwind - a bit like peeling an onion, but she is making progress.
After just 3 sessions the farrier noticed how much better she was moving her shoulders and forelimbs, making it much easier for her to hold her feet up to be shod.
She loves her therapy sessions and comes to greet me as soon as I arrive, but very quickly into the session, she often falls asleep or dozes with her eyes open!!!!
Curly is a young feral Welsh Mountain pony and was rescued by The Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies in July 2016. When she was rescued, her hooves were so long they had curled up and over (hence the name), she was riddled with worms, extremely emaciated to the point she could not eat hard feed and her herd had left her. At some point, she had also had a foal, but no-one is sure exactly how long this was before she was rescued.
Just one week after she was rescued, she had a herbal choices session to help her come to terms with all that had happened to her and to help her to heal and progress, both physically and emotionally. These photos are from that session, (which lasted around 90 minutes).
As Curly was not used to being handled by or being around humans, the yard manager kept her in a head collar and long lead to begin with, but eventually the lead rope was removed as Curly became braver and accepting of us being in her stable.