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
PRI Dressage Saddle Pad quilted cotton; sage green $10.00
Please contact Irene at
ElegantEquineMassage@comcast.net or 978-996-8075.
(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
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
Easy Carrot Cake
(from The Original Book
of Horse Treats)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 apples, finely chopped
Sesame or shelled sunflower seeds
Process carrots through food processor, set aside any
Place carrots into a large bowl with apples and
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:
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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.
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
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.
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.
Health eNewsletter, April 01, 2008
Irene Collins received training and was certified by
Mike Scott and Joy Falese through the Equine Massage / Muscle Therapy
and Saddlefit Program
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
- 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