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A Holistic Approach to Injuries and Recovery

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

VL Equine Optimal Performance provides a holistic approach to chronic and/or acute injuries, addressing the root cause of the muscle tightness and pain which are often caused by everyday training.

Micro tears can cause clumps of muscle fibers to stick together, causing soreness and if left untreated, horses will compensate, limiting movement on this “tight, knotty” area and then causing an overuse situation in other areas of their bodies. For example, a sore left stifle could cause soreness in left gluteals, hamstrings and quadricep muscles, and when these big muscles become sore, front right shoulder, neck and poll will also become sore due to compensation.

Most owners will recognize the shortness in gait, tail swishing, elevated poll and or head bobbing, and a general reluctance to work.

Often medications such as bute, banamine or previcox, all of which are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAID) are administered to provide immediate relief, however this is short term and the root cause of the soreness is not addressed. Also, long term use of these NSAID medications, in particular bute can damage the mucosal lining of the stomach, increasing risk of ulcers throughout the GI tract as well as increased colic occurrences and kidney damage.

Injuries can be acute as in a kick or blunt trauma or chronic. Whichever the case may be, VL Equine Optimal Performance will address the many root causes of injuries such as, training intensity and frequency, poor saddle fit, footing, nutritional and muscular imbalances, hoof health as in laminitis and founder. Through soft tissue modalities which include acupressure and myofascial release, not only will muscle adhesions and tightness be reduced, but the increased circulation and lymphatic drainage will encourage tissue recovery and toxin removal.

Photos courtesy of MKB Dressage, Margaret Boyce Dressage Trainer, Coach and Judge


We strive to bring the best hoof forward an to Optimize your Horse's Performance.

For more information, please contact us at 905 691 9725 or



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