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The Sale Corner:

  • Lovatts & Ricketts hand-crafted all purpose saddle.  Sylvan model with X-Grip Water Buffalo with Ultra-Tack Calf Skin seat and knee pads.  Excellent condition. 17" seat. $1,900.00.  Call Irene Fotino at 978-996-8075. PHOTO

  • Continental PRI Dressage Saddle Pad quilted cotton; sage green   $10.00 Please contact Irene at ElegantEquineMassage@comcast.net or 978-996-8075.


Yummy Recipes (always be aware of your horse's special dietary needs or restrictions)
Tri-Color Apple & Carrot Salad   (from The Original Book of Horse Treats)
1 large handful of hay
2 carrots with the tops, sliced
2 red apples, cut into sixths
2 green apples, cut into sixths
2 yellow apples, cut into sixths
Cut hay with scissors and arrange into pieces approximately 10 inches long, in a crisscross pattern,
making a circle flat on the bottom of the feed bucket.
Cut the tops off the carrots and tuck the green tops around the edge of the hay.
Arrange the carrots and apples in a decorative manner, alternating colors.
Garnish with a sprig of carrot top in the center of the "salad".


Easy Carrot Cake  (from The Original Book of Horse Treats)
12 carrots
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 apples, finely chopped
Sesame or shelled sunflower seeds
Process carrots through food processor, set aside any juice.
Place carrots into a large bowl with apples and sugar.
Add enough juice to moisten mixture.
Press mixture firmly into a greased load pan and refrigerate 1 o 2 hours.
Flip pan over and remove cake.
Garnish with a sprinkle of sesame or sunflower seeds.

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Horse Health & Trivia: (Check back for more Horse Trivia)

Back pain is prevelant in horses, but most treatments haven't been researched much or at all. Results of a study designed to measure the effects of massage, chiropractic, and phenylbutazone (Bute) on back sensitivity were presented at the December 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention. Researchers used a spring-loaded device with a rubber-tipped plunger that tracks applied pressure to measure mechanical nociceptive threshold (MNT)--the pressure at which a horse reacts painfully. This method of objective pain assessment is also used in humans to evaluate pain due to fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. A higher MNT means more pressure is required to elicit a response, so the horse is less sensitive or painful.

Researchers theorized that subclinical back pain is present in all ridden horses, so therapy should lessen that pain and raise MNTs. Thirty-eight healthy adult horses with no history of back pain were used to see which treatment modality raised MNTs the most over the course of a week. The horses were treated with Bute, chiropractic adjustments and massage. There were two control groups - one received no treatment and continued to be ridden and another received no treatment, were rested and not ridden.

The results showed that the Bute group actually had a negative response, with efficacy decreasing as the days progressed, however on Day 7, this group had an 8% higher MNT. It was noted that bute is much more effective if given when active inflammation is present.

  • Only massage was consistently beneficial throughout the study period, with an 8% higher MNT on Day 1, 9% higher on Day 3, and 12% on Day 7.

  • Chiropractic intervention resulted in a slight (1%) decrease in MNT on Day 1, an 11% increase on Day 3, and a 27% increase on Day 7 on average.

  • Both active and inactive controls' MNTs fluctuated by about 1% across all days.

Source: Horse Health eNewsletter, April 01, 2008

Irene Collins-Fotino

Irene Collins received training and was certified by Mike Scott and Joy Falese through the Equine Massage / Muscle Therapy and Saddlefit Program

Continuing Education:

  • Equine Nutrition Therapy Seminar, Hamilton, MA January 2007

  • Lameness Conference, Myhre Clinic, Rochester, NH, February 2007

  • Physiology, Stretching and Neuromuscular Therapy, John Sharkey, National Training Centre, Dublin Ireland, Grafton, MA, April 2007

  • Equine Muscular Cadaver Clinic, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, Grafton, MA., April 2007

  • Parelli Natural Horsemanship in training

  • Clinic - Riding with Lightness, Mark Russell, December 2007
  • Myofascial Evaluation of the Compensation Phenomenon in the Horse, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, J.P. Hourdebaight, April 2008.
  • Centered Riding Clinic, Lucille Bump, May 2008
  • Apprenticeship - Equine Myofascial Release, Jim Pascucci, Longmont Colorado, May 2008
  • Workshop on Equine Hoof Care/ The Institute of Applied Equine Podiatry, 2009
  • Introduction to Equine Acupressure, Tallrass Animal Acupressure Institute, 2009
  • Equine Nutrition Plus, Eleanor Kellon, VMD, National Research Council - on-going


Irene Collins-Fotino, Certified Therapist