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As a former international equestrian trainer and Grand Prix dressage judge, Rivkah Roth founded, developed and taught Equiopathy (equine osteopathy) and the Equi-Pro Technique long before she became the founder and director of the Natural Medicine Centre and the Avoidiabetes movement.


Equiopathy is designed to provide KNOWLEDGE and ADVICE for

OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE, INJURY PREVENTION and LASTING REHABILITATION of

COMPETITION HORSES and their RIDERS.

Please note that we no longer offer equiopathy treatments and that due to our involvement with the Diabetes Avoidance Campaign for the time being we only have a limited number of teaching appointments available!

Your horse's form of the day is all important in any equestrian sport. More and more, equestrians are starting to care for their equine partner in a way that will enhance their performance, extend their number of years in service or competition.

Yet another, often forgotten, aspect is that of injury prevention. A horse with tense muscles, spinal misalignments, or blocked vertebrae is more likely to run into injuries and may become a more difficult riding partner.

Equiopathy, our gentle alignment technique, along with the Equi-PRO deep tissue release technique offers an effective solution for the active horse person.

What is Equiopathy?

Equiopathy™ grew out of the Equi-PRO Technique that has been part of the international equestrian competition and training scene - horse and rider - for over 35 years.

The Equiopathy Therapy Approach addresses structural and related problems of dressage horses, jumpers, eventing horses, race horses and equines in other disciplines. It actively contributes to issues of:

  • Expert Classical Equestrian Training and

  • Physical and Mental Preparation of Horse and Rider

Equiopathy guarantees a holistic and all-inclusive problem source-elimination approach and works in conjunction with your regular veterinarian, farrier, saddle-maker, trainer, groom, and rider.

Equiopathy is a proven and effective integrative musculoskeletal modality developed by an international trainer, European Grand Prix Dressage judge and recognized healthcare professional.

Equiopathy is always respectful and considerate of the natural and physical limits of the body and the mental make-up of the horse.

Equiopathy uses a carefully developed set of assessment and remedial tools, its own musculoskeletal methods of equine osteopathy, the deep tissue release work of the Equi-PRO Technique, energy work, and traditional methodologies - all integrated with the long-proven principles of classical equestrian training.

Equiopathy is a "Whole Package Approach"

Equine Assessments and Treatments ALWAYS include your horse's...

  • musculoskeletal alignment and function

  • movement patterns

  • behavioral patterns

and may include your horse's...

  • general nutritional status

  • saddle / tack fitting problem

  • straining / riding issues

Equiopathy is called for when...

  • Veterinary tests and assessments of your horse are inconclusive

  • Veterinary treatment proves ineffective

  • Accident history calls for follow-up equine treatment work

  • Horse just doesn't feel right

  • Behavioral changes negatively influence the horse's performance

  • Performance and equestrian competition schedule calls for specific maintenance and optimizing work

Equiopathy emphasizes:

Prevention

  • of many common general equine health problems

  • of equestrian training and competition injuries

Rehabilitation

  • of equine performance short-comings

  • of equine mental and behavioral problems

  • of general or specific unsoundness

Optimization

  • of the competitive edge or horse and rider

  • prolonging your horse's competitive career

  • improving the value of competition horses

 

We offer:

  • Equine Consultations

  • Equine Treatments

  • Saddle Fitting Consultations

  • Horse-related Lectures and Seminars

  • Certificate Courses for Horse Owners and Professionals

  • Horse-related Lessons, Training and Coaching Clinics

About Equiopathy Treatments

An Equiopathy treatment always starts with detailed history taking.

You may want to be prepared to answer many questions with regards to the background of your horse's problem.

After taking a detailed case history a very careful visual inspection of the horse in standing position and in motion (usually at the walk) will follow. This is followed by gentle and expert palpation of the individual muscles and articulations, which will reveal changes, abnormalities, and inflammations; some of which you may have known about, some of which that you may have missed.

You can expect to hear about every detail of findings and may even be invited to feel for yourself.

Following this, we will discuss with you any further course of action. We want the owners or care-givers of our horses fully involved in the process.

An Equiopathy treatment may involve our specific low impact musculoskeletal release technique as well as the deep-tissue Equi-PRO Technique.

For this purpose, we will work from the ground and from a vantage point above the horse. (For this part you will be asked to provide a solid platform such as a large tack trunk, a 3-step mounting block, a safe retaining wall, ramp, or the like.)

Once an Equiopathy treatment session is complete, you may be given some homework such as...

  • icing

  • hot-toweling

  • alcohol rubs

  • witchhazel rubs

  • poultices

  • sweats

  • and other more specific techniques

After Equiopathy Treatments

If you have attended any of the Equi-PRO Technique Courses you may be asked to perform specific deep tissue release techniques or mobilization exercises that you have learned during our courses.

Adjunct treatment modalities may include regular doses of homeopathic or anti-homotoxic remedies that support the physical measures.

The number of treatments is as individual to the problem as the problem is to your horse. According to our experience some horses react particularly well in their 4th treatment, others in their 8th or 10th, others already show a marked turn-around after their 1st session.

It all depends on the chain of issues and the length of time a problem exists. The old Natural Medicine rule that it takes as many months to correct a problem as it has taken years for a condition to develop does not always hold true. Especially acute injuries may require a much longer time to heal. In general, rehabilitation calls for more frequent treatments scheduled closely together. That is where your homework really comes into play.

For optimal performance results, competition horses without acute issues can benefit from a regular treatment plan at longer intervals.

 

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