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09 November,2017

Equine Post-Trauma Care Needs A Radical Rethink

Two to six weeks is the ‘Golden Time’ after a traumatic incident such as a transportation accident when a horse can benefit most by veterinary and physical therapy, a leading practitioner says.

McTimoney practitioner Dr Emma Punt says vets and therapists should rethink how they approach post-trauma care following transportation accidents with her ‘Golden Time’ concept. In the UK 52% of transport incidents involving horses result in a horse being hurt and of these 30% are left with chronic issues.

Punt presented her ground-breaking concept for post-trauma care last week at the British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) conference at the University College Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, California.

She shared her vision for how vets and McTimoney therapists should rethink how they approach post-trauma care following transportation accidents with her ‘Golden Time’ treatment concept. In the UK 52% of transport incidents involving horses result in a horse being hurt and of these 30% are left with chronic issues.

“In recent years I’ve seen increasing numbers of horses with musculo-skeletal issues caused by transportation accidents. This inspired me to look at how vets and McTimoney chiropractors could work in partnership to offer enhanced rehabilitation after the accident, to improve outcomes for both horses and owners.”

Punt says the ‘Golden Time’ is ideal to improve outcomes and manage owner/rider expectations. “This is the period when I believe a partnership approach between vets and chiropractors could make a huge difference.”

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