Gosh, what a busy month March has been! I have had loads of horses to fit in amongst the best lambing season I've had in 6 years. Lots of lovely spring lamb photos to follow shortly.... once I've recovered and caught up on some sleep! x
I have been very busy this week, with the start of lambing at the farm. It has been tiring but very rewarding work - a current lambing rate of 200% is fantastic and makes up for the dire year we had in 2011! It has meant that livestock work as, for once, taken over horse work this week!
Livestock can benefit from McTimoney treatments too - especially at this time of year. Most of the treatments I provide for livestock are following lambing (or calving for the cows!). Most of our livestock are pretty resilient and are up and about straight after the birth. However we do occasionally get a difficult delivery and mum does need help to get back on her feet.
A couple of years ago, we had a cow who could not deliver her first calf. When we arrived in the morning, the calf was hung, and stuck, and the cow had been down for much of the night. It took two strong men to pull out the dead calf but that was just the start of the problems! The cow could not stand. The pressure on her hind limbs meant she could not bear her own weight and fell. She required 3 days of intensive treatment, using both massage and McTimoney techniques, to get her back on her feet. Since then she has successfully delivered two strong calves on her own!
I love this time of year, as although we do have some losses, most days are full of new life and happiness!
Today is the launch of my spring offer!
*£10 Off When 2 Treatments Are Booked And Paid For Together*
If you book and pay for 2 treatments for the same animal, up front, you will receive £10 off the course of 2. Both treatments must be paid for at the time of the first treatment. The second treatment can be booked any time up to 3 months following the first treatment. This offer is valid for both new and existing clients and expires on March 31st 2012 (so the first appointment must be before this date and both treatments paid for).
Please quote MARCH12 when booking your first appointment.
I spent last weekend at the Horses Inside Out Conference 2012. The conference was titled 'All Systems Go' and covered everything from back pain, to neurology and nutrition. All of the talks were very interesting and there were some fantastic speakers there. I particularly enjoyed talks by John Killingbeck (The Clumsy Horse) and Dr Andrew Hemmings (Understanding Brain Function to Optimise Health, Welfare and Performance). Dr Hemmings' talk was of particular interest to me as he was discussing the brain activity associated with stereotypies. We have a mare on our yard who has been a crib biter since we've known her. It was reassuring to know that we have addressed her chewing habit appropriately. Crib biting is a response to stress and the horse's attempt to exhibit its natural behaviour of grazing. By inhibiting the horse's cribbing habit, using physical barriers, we are actually increasing their stress levels. With the mare on our yard, we stable her as little as possible, so that she can 'be a horse' in the field and move freely and graze as she pleases. When she is in the stable or on the yard, we have chosen to sacrifice the few surfaces that she has access to in order to keep her a happy mare!
There were many other fascinating talks over the course of the weekend and I came home feeling inspired and enlightened! One day, I may even resurrect my own research aspirations and be able to present a paper