HELLO

FRIENDS!

 We offer an integrative approach to help horses, donkeys and minis of all ages to overcome problems such as laminitis/founder, high/low (club feet) and navicular problems - among others! You can learn more about us and what we offer by scrolling down. Enjoy your visit, and contact us if you have any questions.

ABOUT 

US

 

Anne has been working in the horse industry her entire life. Her grandfather, a lifelong horse-lover, had a Selle Français breeding farm called "Rajat". 

A firm believer in continuous education, she has been taking a wide variety of equine courses. For detailed information on Anne's skills and experience, click here.

OUR MISSION: to provide high-quality equine care and long-term solutions to horse owners.

 

OUR VISION: to be a reference in equine wellness and rehabilitation, helping improve the lives of horses and their owners. 

OUR COMMITMENT: professionalism and ethics for your satisfaction and that of your horse.

We are a registered company in both Ontario and Quebec. We carry our own liability insurance. 

Prior to any service, your horse will go through a thorough assessment; its medical and personal history will be reviewed in details to ensure that:

  • The technique we use is safe for your animal,

  • We take every aspect of its life into consideration,

  • The most adapted and comprehensive care is provided.

We will also ask for your veterinarian's opinion and recommendations. We believe that working together allows us to provide the best care possible.

 

All the information collected is strictly confidential. As a result, it will never be shared with anyone without your consent.

We are not veterinarians. Our services are not a substitute for veterinary care. We are not qualified to offer diagnostics or any veterinary treatment. Always consult with your veterinarian.

 

Your horse will be respected as an individual: no treatment will be forced on them (nor you!), and we will not trespass the boundaries they set for us.

There are contraindications to some of the services we provide; in some situations we will not perform them in order to keep your horse safe. You will always be informed if your horse is at risk, and you will decide if you wish to proceed, or not.

WHOLE HORSE

APPROACH

 

The best way to explain this approach is to compare the horse to a car.  If a part of your car breaks as a result of an accident, you can replace it and your car will run smoothly again. You obviously cannot replace anything in a horse, but its body has the amazing ability to heal a variety of diseases and injuries.

However, if the car part broke because some other parts were not in place, or because it was exposed to inclement conditions, changing the part will only be a temporary fix, because it will break again. Same goes with your horse: if you only address one aspect, you will provide a quick fix but the problem will reoccur. But if you are as comprehensive as possible, you might not only fix the problem but also give the horse the ability to heal itself and prevent issues from happening again. 

You can spend a fortune on massage therapy, but if the feet aren't balanced you won't solve the problem. No matter how good the trim is, if the diet isn't right, the feet will be unhealthy. And if you address everything in the horse but you are sitting uneven

in your saddle, there will be chronic issues as well.

This is why we approach every horse as a whole. We need to address as many aspects of your horse’s lifestyle as possible so that we can both provide immediate relief/care as well as long-term improvement. Of course we count on other professionals to help you in this journey!

Here is a study on the rehabilitation of laminitic horses based on this principle.

 

NATURAL

HOOF CARE

Natural hoof care is a comprehensive approach to horse-keeping and trimming. Trimming is only one aspect of natural hoof care. The philosophy is that a healthy lifestyle will enable the horse to have quality hooves, which in turn will enable the horse to remain healthy.

Function is more important than the feet’s appearance, as the number one goal is proper posture and locomotion. In order to achieve it, the hoof is trimmed according to the internal structures and all the information we gathered about your horse and its lifestyle - including the type of footing they evolve on.

Here is a study explaining the landing biomechanics of the hoof. For a history of the science of natural hoof care, click here

NATURAL

HOOF CARE

Natural hoof care is a comprehensive approach to horse-keeping and trimming. Trimming is only one aspect of natural hoof care. The philosophy is that a healthy lifestyle will enable the horse to have quality hooves, which in turn will enable the horse to remain healthy.

Function is more important than the feet’s appearance, as the number one goal is proper posture and locomotion. In order to achieve it, the hoof is trimmed according to the internal structures and all the information we gathered about your horse and its lifestyle - including the type of footing they evolve on.

Here is a study explaining the landing biomechanics of the hoof. For a history of the science behind natural hoof care, click here

Here are some great resources if you want to learn more about Natural Hoof Care:

Hoof Rehab
Pete Ramey's website
Tribe Equus
Cindy ''Hawk'' Sullivan's website
Native Hoof
Geri White's website
Metta Equus
Catherine Larose & Maia Chaput's website
American Hoof Association
Organization of peer-reviewed natural hoof care professionals
Equine Sciences Academy
Career-based education in Natural Horse and Hoof Care
ECIR Horse
Equine Cushing's & Insulin-Resistance group

HOOF CARE

SERVICES

CONSULT

10-30 minutes

If you're not sure that natural hoof care will work for you or your horse, I can come meet you both for an assessment and recommendations. 

This is a no-commitment consultation during which I will share my opinion and knowledge relevant to the information you give me. 

The conclusion might very well be that your your horse is in great shape and that I wouldn't change a thing!

I think it's important to understand that I would only be able to comment on what I see that day.

For example, I cannot critique your farrier's job as I don't know what the feet looked like before nor after his work. But I could tell you that I see signs of nutritional imbalances on the hooves.

Taxes & travel included

$20

TRIM

20-45 minutes

Good locomotion will not be achieved if the horse isn’t comfortable in its feet. We focus on a balanced foot that will allow for comfort and optimal locomotion for your equine. 

Every trim includes an assessment (feet, stance and gaits) pre and post-trim, as well as topical treatments when needed.

My goal is not to produce and aesthetically pleasing hoof - I want it to be functional. The hooves must allow the horse to move and stand correctly.

It takes from 6 months to a year to re-balance a hoof capsule, depending on how much of the horse's lifestyle you're able to address.

Any topical treatment needed during the trim - e.g. for thrush - will be provided and is included in the price.

A study on the effects of barefoot trimming here

Taxes & travel included

$43

HOOF PROTECTION

10-30 minutes

In some cases, your horse might need their hooves to be protected. Here are a few examples:

  • In order to prevent tenderness for the first few weeks after taking the shoes off.

  • Your horse’s soles are really thin, causing pain and preventing proper biomechanics.

  • Your horse is suffering from laminitis or navicular syndrome.

  • Your horse lives on soft terrain but you go on trail rides on rocky terrain.

Depending on the situation, we might use Hoof Armour, Hoof casts, fit hoof boots, etc. 

Click here for information on hoof boots. 

Taxes & travel included

$5-40

BODYWORK & 

MASSAGE THERAPY

As we mentioned above, the horse's posture and locomotion will influence the feet, and vice-versa. If you want to help your horse be in great shape from head to toes, it can be interesting to combine hoof care with bodywork.

For example, if a horse has a weak hind end, it will not push off its hind toes; they will not wear normally. Of course we will shorten the toes, but if we use massage to release the muscular tension preventing full range of motion, kinesiotape to improve their posture and muscle tone, and also strengthen the hindquarters through remedial training, your entire horse will be much better balanced.

REMEDIAL TRAINING

10-30 minutes

Muscular problems usually occur because the horse isn't using its body properly. For this reason, we offer remedial training sessions to help your horse move correctly when you ride them. We will use exercises to supple, loosen or reinforce muscle groups, depending on your horse's needs.

We have a preference for ground work - in hand, long-lining and lungeing. We like working on the training plan with the owner, their coach and the rest of the horse's care team.

We can also combine remedial training with private lessons for maximal efficiency and consistency. 

Here is some scientific information on therapeutic exercising of the horse. 

$45

Taxes & travel included

MASSAGE THERAPY

60-90 minutes

You will find more detailed information on massage, its benefits and the techniques we use below. 

Every massage session includes a posture and gait assessment before and after the massage, as well as a progress plan that includes specific exercises and stretches, as well as post-massage stretching.

As explained above, there are many contraindications to massage. We will not massage your horse if your veterinarian recommended against it, or if we think that your horse should first be examined by a veterinarian. 

Here is some research on the effects of massage on athlete horses.​

$80

Taxes & travel included

KINESIOLOGY TAPING

10 minutes

Kinesiology tape was invented by Dr. Kase in 1973 (Japan). It was intended for therapeutic purposes but is now widely used for athletes. The main effects of the tape are:

  • ​Decompression effect: it allows superficial and deep fascia to glide better, also improves fluid flow and reduces pain.

  • Neurosensory effect: it improves proprioception, therefore a proper application can improve gait and posture.

  • Gate-control theory: stimulating non-painful input (mechanoreceptors) closes the gate to painful input (nociceptors).

Here is a study on the effect of tape to reduce swelling and inflammation. 

$5

Taxes & travel included

 

 We offer a variety of soft tissue techniques. They each have their own application. We will use the one that bests suits your horse at the time of the visit. We might also recommend the intervention of other equine professionals.

ANMR

Animal Neuro-Myofascial Release: ‘’myo’’ means ‘’muscle’’ and the fascia are thin layers of connective tissue enveloping the muscles. Any fascial blockage will affect the musculo-skeletal system and impair proper locomotion. And any dysfunctional area along the spinal cord can lead to decreased nervous and vascular flows to the organs.

ANMR is a combination of instrument stimulation and release (using an Activator Adjusting Instrument), manual adjustments, stretches, and stimulation of specific acupuncture points utilizing a cold laser. It allows the body to balance itself by re-establishing neurological communication within the vertebral segments.

It is particularly useful with horses that have become uneven for no apparent reason. We use a light body massage before the treatment to assess tension and to facilitate the adjustment. For research on the efficiency of the activator, click here

SHIATSU/ ACUPRESSURE

Equine acupressure is based on the same principles as human Chinese medicine: restoring energy flows throughout the body by stimulating specific acupoints.

​A body, mind and spirit approach that stimulates the body systems, improves relaxation and increases the horse’s self-healing abilities.

​We incorporate it in a massage session and when needed. We can also provide a shiatsu massage session, if your horse does not tolerate massage and/or if some of their body systems are impaired.

Here is an example of what can be achieved with acupressure. 

SWEDISH MASSAGE

Swedish massage was created by Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish fencing master and physiologist. He put together a system of massage based on physiology around 1812. It is a combination of the techniques of the ancient and modern civilizations.

​Swedish massage is a full body massage that lasts around 1.5 hours. It is the standard massage, the one we will usually perform at the first visit. It allows us to work in depth and better assess your horse's situation.

It’s a very versatile technique as we adapt the type and intensity of the strokes to your horse’s specific needs.

Another study on the efficiency of massage for the improvement of locomotion.

SPORTS MASSAGE

The goals of sports massage are to reduce warm-up time, ensure optimal performance and minimize the risk of injury. It is geared towards sports horses – no matter the discipline.

In order to warm up the muscles without inducing a state of relaxation in the animal athlete, we use stimulating strokes that increase circulation, muscle tone and readiness and stimulate the nervous system.

This type of massage can be too stimulating for some horses, which is why we will ensure that they can tolerate it before including it in your warm-up routine.

Study on some of the effects of sports massage.

MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE

Manual lymphatic drainage is a massage focused on the moving and draining of the lymph from the extremities into the nodes for processing and ultimately elimination. It is ideal for horses recovering from disease, injury, surgery or chemical overload.

It promotes recovery as it boosts:

  • The body’s detoxification ability by accelerating the flow of lymph helping to rid the body of toxins and waste materials.

  • The immune system by increasing the production of lymphocytes and macrophages.

  • Regenerative processes by normalizing the functions of the organs.

A series of three lymphatic drainage massages is recommended (within 7-9 days) in order to speed recovery and accelerate cleansing.

Here is a study on the benefits of manual lymphatic drainage on the recovery of laminitic horses. 

LLLT

A study by Raun and Zeit (Novosibirsk, Russia, 1991) showed that where light enters an acupuncture point, it travels through the meridian. This makes laser meridian therapy very efficient at stimulating body systems.

The cold laser reduces pain and inflammation, stimulates blood flow, speeds up healing and increases cellular function. It is added to the massage session when needed.

Here​ is a combination of the studies led on the efficiency of LMT.

EDUCATION

Another important aspect of our Balanced Hoof Care approach is education. We believe in educating ourselves continuously, but we also believe in sharing our knowledge to make you better able to take care of your equine friend. 

Here are some great resources if you want to further your education:

Equine Guelph
UO Guelph equine short courses
Equitopia Center
Research-based education for equestrians
Horse Behaviour
White Horse Equine Ethology Project
Holistic Animal Studies 
Equine bodywork courses
Dr. Kellon 
Equine Nutrition Courses
Safer Grass 
Pasture management for laminitic horses
 

PRIVATE LESSONS

45-60 minutes

We offer lessons to help you reach your goals. For example, we can help you:

  • Have a better relationship with your horse through compassion and communication.

  • Improve your seat, balance and position to make you more precise and more comfortable for your horse.

  • Learn new techniques - such as long-lining - that will help your horse get stronger and more supple.

  • And anything else you might need help with!

We can plan lessons on a regular basis or as needed. We will give you things to work on between lessons, and as usual remain available to answer any questions.  

$50

Taxes & travel included

CLINICS

3 hours

We want to give you the opportunity to learn the basics of some of the techniques that we use, so that you become an actor of your horse's well-being.

You choose the topic: long-lining, massage, kinesiotaping, etc. Clinics last about 3 hours. The focus is on safety, proper technique and handling of the horses, and answering all your questions. We remain available after the clinic for any advice you might need. 4 participants minimum, price is per person.

$60

Taxes & travel included

VIDEO ANALYSIS

60 minutes

Video is an extremely useful tool to see how your position and your riding influence your horse - and the other way around! By watching how you two interact, we can work on solutions to improve your partnership and performance.

Video analysis is also very helpful in troubleshooting as what you feel on the horse and what we see from the ground are usually very different. Finally, video allows you to keep track of your progress and your horse's.

$60

Taxes & travel included

 

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IN TOUCH

OPENING HOURS

MONDAY: 8AM-8PM

TUESDAY: 8AM-8PM

WEDNESDAY: 8AM-8PM

THURSDAY: 8AM-8PM

FRIDAY: 8AM-8PM

SATURDAY: 8AM-8PM

SUNDAY: Closed

SERVICED AREAS

8:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

 

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Saturday, Sunday

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