I took on Milton, a 7 year old racehorse for barefoot rehabilitation. He was extremely sore in his off hind, shoulders and poll. Milton had laminitic feet, poor hoof angles in his hinds and his regular stance was constantly camped under front and back to relieve the pressure on his heels and lower back.
After regular body work, dietary changes and trimming, Milton showed improvement in his posture and increased soundness on his feet. However, after about 5 months of rehab he began head nodding and was not responding as well to his usual body worker.
I then brought in Sietske to get a second opinion and see if she could discover a reason for his head nodding. Sietkse’s first treatment used a combination of essential oils, acu-pressure, red light therapy and bowen. Milton responded incredibly well to this session. His movement freed up and his head nodding was reduced. We were able to pin point that the head nodding was more a stress response, rather than a specific soreness. After a follow up session using bowen, stretching and acu-pressure, Milton’s head nodding has disappeared and his movement continues to improve.
I have been impressed with Sietske’s broad knowledge and use of the different body work modalities. She is able to work into a horse’s sore points whilst maintaining the horse’s trust and confidence.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her services.
Hoof Hearted Hoof Care”