Can You Strengthen a Joint?

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People sometimes ask if there are exercises to strengthen a particular joint. The short answer is No. A joint is the connecting point of two bones (officially called an articulation). The joint has fluid contained in a joint capsule, and lots of supporting fascia and other tissue. A joint itself cannot be strengthened because it’s not made of anything that … Read More

Horse colic and surgery

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  After surgery, do you know this top indicator of horse healing? My friend Ruth’s horse had colic surgery a while back. He is 22 years old. Tough old guy. He had an impaction that he couldn’t clear. But everything went well during surgery. Fast forward two months. He’s just not right. He’s eating fine, but not as “interested.” His … Read More

Coughing during warmup?

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Any horse can cough during warmup. Especially if it’s hot, dry, or dusty. But what if the horse always coughs during warmup, just at the beginning? Is that normal? Julie was telling me about her horse, “Cal”, as we walked down the aisleway. We could see Cal ahead, sticking his chestnut head over the door and nickering. “Cal is mostly … Read More

Crooked Leg

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I love TBT!  Another incredible change after the first visit from a TBT Alignment Specialist (after Mod II).   Just look at this horse.  He’s 25 years old, and has been dealing with a twisted right front leg.  You can see in the “before” photo that even the hoof seems twisted.  There’s also tension throughout the leg, causing ligament ‘bulging’ … Read More

Before and After

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  Isn’t this foal gorgeous?   I don’t get to work on foals that often anymore, so I was delighted to see this baby in Gina’s case report (Gina had just completed the Module II Skeletal Alignment seminar).   These photos were taken approximately 45 minutes apart.   Can you spot the differences?   I realize the photo quality isn’t … Read More

Release the Tension

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Lovely “before and after” treatment result photos, by TBT Master Practitioner Sharon Bridgeman of Australia. What I’d like to highlight with these photos is the amount of tension in the horse in the ‘before’ photo. You can see tension in every part of his body, though his eye appears peaceful enough. Many techniques focus on relieving this tension, including massage, … Read More