Author: Gillian Tabor

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.

Influence of Stretching Exercises, Warm-Up, or Cool-Down on the Physical Performance of Mangalarga Marchador Horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, 106, p.103714. Mangalarga Marchador are a Brazilian horse – like an Iberian. Here is a link to learn more about the Brazilian Mangalarga horse. Research Review – Information Research review – Influence of Stretching Exercises, Warm-Up, or Cool-Down on the Physical Performance of Mangalarga Marchador Horses Authors: Farinelli, F., de Rezende, A.S.C., Fonseca, M.G., Lana, Â.M.Q., Leme, F.D.O.P., Klein, B.D.O.N., Silva, R.H.P., de Abreu, A.P., de Jesus Damazio, M. and Melo, M.M., 2021.Publication Date: 1 Sept 2021Access: Abstract available and open…

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Should you measure your horse’s heart rate and speed? There are an increasing number of sensors and apps on the market that will give you information on how hard your horse is working, how much time you spend in different gaits, information on symmetry, stride length, etc. But why would you want this information and how can you use it. And more importantly, how easy are these systems to use and how accurate are they? Dr Gillian Tabor and Dr David Marlin have evaluated 4 systems – Equisense, Seaver, Enduro Fit and Polar which are all under £400 and will…

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Dr Gillian Tabor is a ACPAT Charted Physiotherapist and in this video, she offers some general advice. Please consider this general guidance as it is not individualised or from a vet and if you have any concerns then please do call your vet immediately. Gillian runs through what to look for, and how to assess what you are seeing and feeling. It is important that you maintain a good level of evaluation of your horse so you can quickly spot if anything is changing or abnormal for your horse. https://vimeo.com/715523723

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Did you know you should check your horse’s legs regularily, and do you know why? It is a really sensible idea to get to know what is normal and when there may be a problem. But, do you know what you are looking for? In this short video, Gillian demonstrates what bone and soft tissue areas you should be checking and explains what to look out for and why. https://vimeo.com/707964109/a5e346f540

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Control of flexibility, mobility and stability of the back have been widely investigated in horses. These concepts are integral to the equine core, which includes the body axis (spine and its associated soft tissues like ligaments and muscles from the cervical region to the pelvis) and extrinsic muscles of the limbs. The equine core is essential for maintaining body posture and for providing suppleness in the generation of locomotor forces. Could this be a study looking into alternatives to carrot stretching? Research review – Effectiveness Of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation And Dynamic Mobilization Exercises On Equine Multifidus Muscle Cross-Sectional Area Research…

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Although training aids aren’t compulsory, they are useful in the right context with the right horse, at the right time and set up correctly. Gillian talks about the Equiband a specific system made by a company called Equity Core concepts.

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Dr Gillian Tabor discusses a rehabilitation exercises paper by Ellis & King. Dr Gillian Tabor, a Chartered Physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of horses, takes a look into a journal article that was published last year by Ellis & King. Discuss what they did, how they measured it and what they found. The article references the rehabilitation exercises that Gillian also recommends that you can do with your horses of different ages and experiences. Here is a link to read more about the specific study – CLICK HERE CLICK THE GRAPHIC BELOW TO START LISTENING. To find…

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Have you heard about the Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation Blanket, known as BEMER?It is a relatively new equine therapy device and in the Dr David Marlin Facebook Group, we have questioned the claims made by the manufacturers and reps. But now there are two new studies published, using BEMER in horses! I will review the papers and look to see if there is evidence to support their claims. Research review – Effects of a Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation Blanket on Thoracolumbar Epaxial Muscle Pain in Horses – ScienceDirect Research Review – InformationAuthors: Melissa R.King, Kathryn A.Seabaugh & David D. FrisbieAffiliations: Gail Holmes…

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