“No horse wakes up the in the morning and decides, ‘today is the day I’m going to be naughty’. Problem behaviour is their way of asking for help.”
Most horses want to please, so if yours is presenting with behaviour that’s out of character, Vicki Wilson Equine Therapy can help reset the balance. It’s a hands-on methodology which blends chiropractic and muscle work to enhance a horse’s wellbeing and performance. Vicki’s aim is to share practical advice and sharp insights via her workshops that lead directly to happier horses and a better connection between horse and rider.See Upcoming workshops
Vicki's unique form of therapy finds and treats the soreness that is often the cause of symptoms such as bucking, rearing, or being head-shy.
Behavioural problems are common regardless of riding genre or type of horse. Horses are inherently similar in the way they respond to treatment, but Vicki always assesses each animal she works with in a workshop on an individual basis.
“Horses are inherently honest. They’re trying to tell you something, so it doesn’t make sense to punish them,” says Vicki. “We need to look instead for the underlying cause of the problem behaviour and fix it so they can be the best they can be. In many cases, horses can get back to being happy, healthy and able to work at peak performance after a single workshop.”
Vicki Wilson Equine Therapy workshops can be booked in advance at your premises, or at an appropriate local venue. Vicki only works with horses in group scenarios where she can maximise the numbers of horses she can help (no more than ten). Spectators are encouraged.
Vicki’s process has been developed over two decades of riding, caring for and working with horses, but in brief, you can expect her to:
*Some horses have problems that are not muscle/joint related and in such cases Vicki will provide you with useful information you can take to your vet.
Results can be immediate (and quite spectacular) but will almost always need more input from you. Each owner will be left with full instructions for ongoing exercises for their horse which, if adhered to, should ensure a complete recovery in most cases.
Behavioural problems which need a bit of detective work include:
Physical problems which are easier to pinpoint, include:
Workshops can run over one, two, or three days, beginning at 9am each day and finishing around 3-4pm.
Discussion topics include teeth management, foot balance, the importance of saddle fit, sheath cleaning, massage and some basic techniques that attendees can take home with them.
To run the workshop, I need an all-weather facility – a covered round yard or arena. Before confirming a venue, I ask to see photos of the facility to make sure it is suitable. We want all spectators to have a clear view of the horses being worked.
I video each workshop for my content library and there is a video and photography-free policy on all sessions. The reason for this policy is animal welfare – some of the techniques I use can do more harm than good if viewed online and then used incorrectly. It’s a case of ‘don’t try this at home’.
“Hi Vicki, I just wanted you to know that I’ve been riding Sadie and she has been a star, but today she was incredible – she feels even better than she did before she got the splint! Sparky is also going really well and they both feel so happy. Thank you so much for approaching us when you saw them at the North Island Champs – it’s made such a huge difference for my horses’ wellbeing and my relationship with them. Hope your horses, family and shoulder are all doing well.”
“Vicki is such an awesome kind horse woman. She kindly helped us out at short notice with our pony who's been suffering from a sore back and wither. We've seen a huge improvement since his treatment and his back is getting stronger every day. She even threw in a spontaneous self loading lesson as we were leaving her property. Now our pony just trots onto our float without hesitation.”
"Thank you so much for assessing and adjusting Toby. He is like a new horse today. No tail swishing, kicking out or taking off after the jumps. It has been a real eye-opener about owning and understanding horses. I massaged him yesterday and today and it will now become a part of our daily routine. Treating him like an athlete never crossed my mind but is so important."
Before I took Ronnie to Vicki’s clinic, I had given up hope on us. I don’t know what I would have done with Ronnie had I not gone. I’m just so happy to have my dream horse back. For that I cannot thank Vicki enough.
Massage is an important component of equine therapy. I’ve put together a series of videos showcasing how, and why, we massage certain areas of the horse’s body. In this week’s video, I show you how to massage the head of a sensitive young mare.
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