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.

Dr Gillian Tabor investigates and discusses whole-body vibration for horses. This is a hotly discussed topic in the Dr David Marlin Members’ Facebook Group. As members have asked us to look into the therapy practice, Dr Gillian Tabor has produced this webinar about it. Within the webinar, Gillian discusses: What is vibration? TheraPlate, Equivibe, Vitafloor – what is different about them? How is whole-body vibration explained as working – and what is the theory claiming What is the science and research associated with it? What is the difference between whole-body vibration and vortex wave circulation plates? And is vibration therapy…

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Dr Gillian Tabor reviews her highlights from the three day International Canine and Equine Locomotion Conference (ICEL9) held in Utrecht in August 2023.  All the recognisable names from biomechanics research were there, which makes for a very exciting meeting to be at. If you have ever written an essay or a dissertation that refers to equine movement, you will have referenced at least one of these experts – Hilary Clayton, Rene van Weeren, Filipe Serra Braganza, Lars Roepstorff, Thilo Pfau, Marie Rhodin or Russell Mackechnie-Guire – that were there this year. On the first two days, there was the opportunity to…

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Dr Gillian Tabor reports on a study investigating the effects of a device to improve lymphatic flow in the legs on healthy horses, which has the potential for use in horses with injury or chronic progressive lymphoedema (CPL). Koch, D.W., Schnabel, L.V., Reynolds, J. and Berry, C.R., 2023. Pneumatic compression therapy using the EQ Press accelerates lymphatic flow in healthy equine forelimbs as determined by lymphoscintigraphy. American Journal of Veterinary Research, 84(4). https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/64d21e1fc3589f0011bb55e4.mp3 CLICK here to head over to the main Podcast page to see the complete list of podcasts available.

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At this time of year, many people are starting to use studs if they are eventing, show jumping on grass or concerned about their horse slipping in grass arenas etc. It is an often contested subject with lots of opinions and anecdotes, but sadly very little research. In this podcast, Dr Gillian Tabor will review one research article about using screw-in studs. https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/64c0e808495c9f0011816ae4.mp3 The Dr David Marlin Team are currently running a survey – Use of Screw-in Studs for Competition Horses – What do you think? In this short survey, we are interested in understanding how and when studs are…

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UPDATED: FRI 4th AUGUST Studs are often fitted to horse shoes to improve grip and reduce slipping however, there is very little research into the use of studs considering how frequently they are used in competitions. In this short survey we are interested to try and understand how and when studs are used. Finding out how stud holes are maintained, the perceived benefits of using studs and if there are any concerns relating to horse injury.This anonymous survey consists of 14 questions and should take no more than 4 minutes to complete. The results will be shared on our website DrDavidMarlin.com…

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Following a succession of questions and interest in microcurrents in our Facebook Group Gillian has compiled this presentation to help us understand more about what it is and how it works. This was originally a webinar and the audio is used here as a podcast. To watch the webinar, head over to the website – https://drdavidmarlin.com/webinar-microcurrent-therapy-dr-gillian-tabor/ Dr Gillian Tabor discusses: What microcurrent gadgets and equipment are on the market, and what are their marketing claims? What is the research available to help us determine whether these microcurrent products work? What is microcurrent? And how is it proposed to work? What…

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Following a succession of questions and interest in microcurrents in our Facebook Group Gillian has written this webinar to help us understand more about what it is and how it works. Dr Gillian Tabor discusses: What microcurrent gadgets and equipment are on the market, and what are their marketing claims? What is the research available to help us determine whether these microcurrent products work? What is microcurrent? And how is it proposed to work? What is Bioelectricity? What is the effect on bone, skin, tendons, muscles and wound healing? What studies and research can we draw upon? Application – what,…

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What is core stability? What is the core considered to be, and what also could be included? What is the anatomy of the core? What do we mean by stability? What research is there on core stability in horses? https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/649597a7750ac200117cd52e.mp3 CLICK here to head over to the main Podcast page to see the complete list of podcasts available.

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In this podcast, Gillian covers the development of technology for assessing gait and speaks about how reliable visual assessment is. Gillian covers the basics of what the technology is able to measure and some of the key papers that report on research looking into the amount of movement asymmetry seen in normal horses, and how treating with NSAID affects it. https://open.acast.com/public/streams/636a2ad585c2b00011dbf45d/episodes/647d7d94d859df00113fdba7.mp3 CLICK here to head over to the main Podcast page to see the complete list of podcasts available. Objective gait assessment and movement asymmetry – Dr Gillian Tabor References to the papers discussed: Bragança, F.S., Rhodin, M. and Van…

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