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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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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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A great first day at camp

Sandie talking to one of the mounted riders
Sandie having a word with one of the riders. Rosie (the chestnut) seems very interested either in what Sandie is saying, or in the pup, Lolly, in her arms. Photo © Irma Havlicek
It was a perfect day – sunny, mild and without wind – at HorsePower Riding Academy for the first day of the September school holidays three-day camp.

Riders arrived early, and were mounted and in the arena at 10am, where they got acquainted with their ponies and horses, and rode until lunch time.
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September/October 2016 camps – first week sold out

The camp for the first week of the September/October 2016 school holidays is now sold out. Book now to secure a place for the second week.

First week – three-day camp – SOLD OUT

Wednesday to Friday 28-30 September
The cost is $300 per rider for the three days.
Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included.
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April school holiday activities at HorsePower Riding

Following is what was on offer at HorsePower Riding Academy during the April 2016 school holidays. Check back with the blog before the next school holidays to see what programs are on then. The following information about the April holiday program will give some idea of the kinds of activities available during school holidays.

Two-day camps

Horses, safety helmets, accommodation and all food is included. The cost is $250 per rider.
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January 2016 holiday events at HPRA

Here are some glimpses into the summer holiday activities at HorsePower Riding Academy in January 2016:

Riding instructors, young riders and the horses in the arena before the day's equestrian events begin.
Sandie (back to camera) explains the morning’s riding activities to camp participants.

There were four two-day camps at HPRA during January, each with its own special flavour of fun, with Sandie providing enjoyable horse and other activities to suit the weather conditions – which included rain and very hot days. On the hot days, Sandie took the kids to the beach (without horses) and to Kincumber Pool. When the rain was heavy, Sandie took the riders and horses to a large indoor arena – pictured below.

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