Author: Gillian Tabor

Dr Gillian Tabor with horse

Gillian Tabor MSc ResM MCSP HCPCreg Chartered Physiotherapist Cat A member ‘Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy’ Gillian has been working as an ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist for over 15 years. She specialises in physio for horses and riders, with a focus on treatment and rehabilitation of competition horses. Gillian is the programme manager and lectures on the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Hartpury University and is undertaking research, both her own equine projects and supervising students.

Lorna Cameron is a senior lecturer at Hartpury and here she discusses their work I female equestrians and specifically, Body Image. Body Image has been investigated in diverse sports, yet not in equestrian where a high proportion of female participants. Does this mean it is not an issue? Or just not talked about. Why may BI be an issue?What do you think?Subjective judging? LOG IN TO WATCH THE FULL WEBINAR BELOW:

Loading

Read More

Headaches in horses. Why do we think horses get horses?What can we do to help elevate the discomfort? Dr Gillian Tabor looks at the following: The equine skeleton and confirmation – what can cause discomfort and generate headaches? How do posture and training affect the body, neck and affect the head What should we look for – across and around the face Behavioural changes Vets and their assessments Treatments, comfort and restoring range of motion and quality LISTEN HERE https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/63f8d095d6d59700118a29c2.mp3

Loading

Read More

Rounding reflexes, the sternal lift, the belly lift, the pectoral lift – there are many names for them, but how can you ask your horse to lift its back? When is this appropriate, and when isn’t it appropriate? Lifting the horse’s back – Sternal lifts and rounding reflexes. Methods to lift the horse’s back by stimulating reflexes and muscle contraction are often recommended as part of managing the health of your horse’s spine or as part of a therapeutic treatment plan. When aiming to lift and round the back in the saddle region, these exercises are called sternal lifts, pectoral…

Loading

Read More

In this podcast, Dr Gillian Tabor reviews a paper that investigates the size of the deep spinal stability muscle, multifidus, in relation to chronic lameness. Whilst admitting a positive bias as to the topic of the paper, Gillian discusses the validity of the methodology and the results, as well as the outcome and the key take-home messages. Research Review of Paper: Sullivan, H.M., Acutt, E.V., Barrett, M.F., Salman, M.D., Ellis, K.L. and King, M.R., 2022. Influence of chronic lameness on thoracolumbar musculus multifidus structure in the horse. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 117, p.104053. LISTEN HERE https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/63e9e992b4191e0010658fa6.mp3

Loading

Read More

Rounding reflexes, the sternal lift, the belly lift, the pectoral lift – there are lots of names for them, but how can you ask your horse to lift their horse’s back? When is this appropriate, and when isn’t it appropriate? Dr Tabor shows us how to do rounding reflexes safely and correctly on your horse. LOG IN TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO BELOW:

Loading

Read More

Dr Gillian Tabor meets Emily Plummer from @wisewomeninsport, and together they open the discussion of how women in sport and specifically equestrianism tackle various challenges and health implications of riding. Together they delve into the health of women touching on physiology, age, menstrual cycle, body changes following pregnancy and body image. Under discussion in this podcast: Menstrual cycle and the reproductive cycle Recent body image discussions at Riding Clubs and Pony Club The limitations of a lot of sports science research in regard to women Female rider performance and how it can be affected by monthly cycles and what you…

Loading

Read More

Paper: O’Sullivan, S., McGowan, C.M., Junnila, J. and Hyytiäinen, H.K., 2022. The effect of manually facilitated flexion of the thoracic spine on the interspinous space among horses with impinging dorsal spinous processes of the thoracic vertebrae. The Veterinary Journal, 289, p.105909. Gillian discusses the effects of a technique commonly applied to horses to lift and round their backs. This movement is often used as part of therapy treatments and prescribed to owners to repeat with their horses on a regular basis. Whilst it is possible to see the ‘lift’ and flexion of the back, this paper evidences the effect on the vertebrae and discusses…

Loading

Read More

2023 Where to start? Planning for a great year! Dr Gillian Tabor Gillian shares her ideas and thoughts on how to make 2023 a great year for you and your horse! Gillian compares your horse’s plan to a car sat nav. Where to start What to look at What you can do for your horse Planning ahead – building a strategy If this topic is of interest and you would like to learn more, watch a webinar that goes into greater depth, then check out this on the Dr David Marlin website HERE. https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/63c9169787d5680011e0485d.mp3 CLICK here to head over the…

Loading

Read More