Kenneth Butler – Equine Chiropractor

Kenneth Butler, equine chiropractor
Kenneth Butler, equine chiropractor. © Irma Havlicek
Just as humans benefit from treatment by a specialist if they have mobility restrictions or pain, so too, horses can benefit from chiropractic treatment: manipulation of the neck, lumbar spine, pelvis, hips and legs to take pressure off joints and relieve soreness and stiffness.

Kenneth Butler has been an equine chiropractor for 35 years. He treats Sandie’s horses at HorsePower Riding Academy as well as agisted horses there and many other horses, including racehorses, if they develop problems in movement or flexibility or exhibit signs of pain. It is his years of training and experience that enables him to treat equine mobility issues with such success. He has extensive knowledge of equine anatomy and medical issues that chiropractic treatments may or may not help. Please don’t try to copy anything you see Ken doing in the photos here. To do so without appropriate training and experience could cause injury to the horse and also to yourself.

Ken Butler feeling a horse's neck to try to determine the problem.
Ken Butler feeling a horse’s neck to try to determine the problem. © Irma Havlicek

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HorsePower gift certificates – a great Christmas gift idea

The perfect gift for the horse lover

HPRA gift certificateYou can purchase a HorsePower Riding Academy gift certificate* for anything from a single riding lesson to a group of lessons (half hour or hour, individual or group), a school holiday camp, horse-themed party or event.

Check the prices in Hours and charges and then contact Sandie Gleeson by texting her on 0404 868 846, and she can tailor an HPRA gift certificate to suit your needs and budget.

A rider takes a jump on Rosie the thoroughbred
A rider takes a jump on Rosie the thoroughbred

*Gift certificates are non-refundable and expire after six months.

Horse clipping by Lehan Britten at HPRA

A shot of the clipping from the front
A shot of the clipping from the front. © Irma Havlicek.
In preparation for an upcoming show, a yearling agisted at HorsePower Riding Academy was clipped by equine clipping and presentation specialist, Lehan Britten.

Lehan’s work includes equine body clipping, show clipping, mane and tail plaiting, and mane-pulling.

Louise Bransby holds Puppet while Lehan Britten is clipping her
Louise Bransby holds Puppet while Lehan is clipping her. © Irma Havlicek

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HPRA riders and ponies off to Morrisett for camp

Abbie hugging Ace after washing and grooming him
Abbie hugging Ace after washing and grooming him. © Irma Havlicek
HorsePower Riding Academy was abuzz with excitement and activity this morning as riders arrived to ready their ponies for a two-day (and two-night) camp at Morrisset.

Ponies were washed, brushed, plaited and painted to make them beautiful for the show and camp.

Jaffa is in pony-bliss-heaven as he kisses his girl, Holly
Jaffa is in pony-bliss-heaven as he kisses his girl, Holly. © Irma Havlicek

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January 2017 HPRA camp dates

Jaycie, happily riding her pony, Tommy, over a jump
Jaycie, happily riding her pony, Tommy, over a jump at a recent HorsePower Riding holiday camp. © Irma Havlicek
Check the posts below to find out how much horse riding experience and fun Sandie provides at HorsePower Riding Academy school holiday camps. The following three-day camps are on offer in January 2017:

Monday to Wednesday 16-18 January
Monday to Wednesday 23-25 January

The cost is $300 per rider for the three days.
Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included.

The single day-rate cost is $120 per rider.
Drop-off at 9.30am; pick-up at 4pm.

Alana Weir – equine dentist

Alana after a productive day of equine dentistry at HorsePower Riding Academy
Alana after a productive day of equine dentistry at HorsePower Riding Academy. Photo © Irma Havlicek
Alana Weir has been an equine dentist for nine years. She was the first woman to graduate as an equine dentist after completing the course at TAFE in New South Wales. Just like Shannon Smith, the farrier, Alana regularly visits HorsePower Riding Academy to treat both Sandie’s HorsePower Riding Academy (HPRA) and agistees’ horses and ponies.

Horses have teeth at the front, which you have probably seen. It is possible to estimate the age of a horse from its teeth. Then there is a gap – where the bit of a bridle goes. Behind that are the molar teeth, which go quite a long way back into the jaw. The front teeth tear off grass, and the teeth at the back chew and grind the feed the horses eat.

Alana feeling the teeth of a horse to diagnose what dental work needs to be done
Alana feeling the teeth of Evie, one of the HPRA agistees, to see what work needs to be done to keep Evie’s teeth and mouth comfortable and in good shape. Photo © Irma Havlicek

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