NEWS FLASH: One of the UK’s most eminent equine orthopaedic specialists, Dr Sue Dyson, is playing a leading role in a series of new educational videos aimed at helping riders, owners, trainers and vets to recognise musculoskeletal pain and subtle lameness sooner. Dr Dyson, who is Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the @animalhealthtrust in Newmarket, believes that the videos are a valuable learning tool to help improve the welfare and performance of the ridden horse.
Recognising Subtle Lameness is a four-part video series that is being rolled out over a couple of months. It has enabled Dr Dyson to bring to life the key findings of her studies to help to engage her target audience – anyone who is involved with horses. The videos give the viewer clear, practical guidance on how to pinpoint the notoriously elusive common culprit for poor performance and behavioural issues: pain.
Video 1 explains the familiar indicators of lameness before revealing pain’s less obvious signs such as facial expressions and behaviour.
Video 2 outlines a protocol for establishing the main sources of underlying pain associated with subtle or obvious lameness in horses.
Video 3 shows how to recognise the facial expressions of a horse in pain.
Video 4 will covers aspects of the rehabilitation of a lame horse.
“I do understand why owners may want to bury their heads in the sand and not recognise that their horse has a problem but it is just so important from a welfare perspective,” said Dr Dyson. “Horses should be happy and it is our obligation not to exploit them. Quite simply, a pain-free horse will perform so much better. These videos should help riders, owners, trainers and vets understand what the horse is actually trying to say. We owe it to them to listen.”
The videos can be watched for free on YouTube.
No relationship can work without communication. Horses communicate with us in a number of different ways, and we need to make sure we are receptive and listening to their actions. .
There have been some recent studies undertaken at @aniamlhealthtrust by Dr Sue Dyson into horses facial expressions and whether certain facial expressions correlate with them feeling pain. They looked into various facial body parts, and created a ‘map’ for what could be normal and what could indicate pain or distress.
Certain facial expressions such as; the ear being held back, the eyes being partially closed, with tension around the eye and an open mouth, were shown to be indicative of pain. .
Staying abreast of new information like this and keeping ourselves informed helps to avoid miscommunication between us and our steeds. When ridden, if the horse suddenly swishes his tail, pins his ears and raises his head, our initial response could be that he is misbehaving. What if he’s not being naughty but actually telling us he is in pain? .
Incredible research like this gives us another tool in our belt for listening to our horses. By observing them daily and identifying any changes in their expressions, we can recognise pain sooner and help prevent serious or chronic injuries. .
With another double triathlon weekend completed, I have now finished 5/11 triathlons. I also have a lot of people to thank for this weekend! Firstly William-Bourne Taylor for tapping me up before the races and generally making sure I don’t fall apart throughout this journey! This weekend my mum and @deaninseal were my top supporters taking me to my events and being there for me afterwards, and a big thank you too @humanraceevents and Banbury Triathlon for giving me free entry, donating to this great course. With the Banbury local newspaper interviewing me and writing an article on my challenge! I’ve also provided a very cute picture of who I am doing this all for! Please donate through the link in my bio! 🏊♀️🏃🏼♀️🚴🏼♀️🐶 #fundraising#animalhealthtrust#caninecancer#triathlon#fundraising#doubletriathlon
3 months since my angel left me! I still miss her sooo much! I feel like this is the happiest photo I have ever seen of me. And you may all think I am nuts but she made me the happiest! She was the most beautiful soul, the best friend to me & definitely the most loving animal in the whole world. I absolutely love animals, but I am not ready to replace my princess yet. She is way too special for that! 💕💕💞 #pets#dogs#petsofinstagram#dogsofinstagram#animalhealthtrust
No filter necessary today. The sun is shining and looks beautiful in the grounds at the Animal Health Trust. We’re here to have a check up on Snoopys eyes and Rambo has come for moral support... let’s hope it’s good news for our fluffy friend! #mummyphotoaday#nofilter
2nd Triathlon of the weekend completed. Not only was it the hottest weekend of the year so far, but it was the hilliest route I have ever completed! This weekend has seriously tested me (as the left picture shows!) but all for an amazing trust! Thank you to my supporter today @becs_cookie you were amazing! Thank you for all the messages! Resting up for my next double triathlon in 2 weeks 💪🏻🏊🏻♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ #triathlon#caninecancer#animalhealthtrust#fundraising#imgoingtobed
Tewkesbury Triathlon - in a short summary was a bit of a DISASTER for me 🙈 goggles broke just before I was getting in the pool, hay fever galore on the cycle. Although the route was the most scenic route I’ve seen (through watering eyes!) and running on shin splints slowed me down. And then getting mistaken for taking part in the child’s triathlon! However I got to race with the amazing @bladerunnerandy such an inspiration!
I’m not doing these triathlons for myself, it’s for the dogs who go through a hell of a lot worse than watering eyes! Please donate (link in bio) thank you! 🏊🏻♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ #triathlon#caninecancer#animalhealthtrust#fundraising#AHT#bringontomorrow#neednewgoggles
Help me raise money for Animal Health Trust who research to help fight disease and injuries in animals.
Link below if anyone would like to donate:
I am doing a 5k Inflateable Run at Newark Showground, any support is appreciated :) #animalhealthtrust#fundraiser#fundraising#5kinflatablerun#help
Heres are all my upcoming triathlons for the year:
6th May - Tewkesbury
7th May - Winchester
19th May - Downey Lakes
20th May - Banbury
2nd June - Blenheim Palace
10th June - Henley
17th - New Forest
4th August - London
27th August - Oxford
9th September - Cotswolds
As you can see I have a few double triathlons, because 11 triathlons isn’t hard enough 🙈 feel free to come and watch me, at the least you get to see me in a swimming hat 🤓🏊🏻♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️ #triathlon#doubletriathlon#caninecancer#fundraising#animalhealthtrust#AHT
NEWS FLASH: Dr Debbie Guest, Head of Stem Cell Research at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Newmarket, is developing a new DNA test to identify thoroughbred racehorses with an increased risk of fracture. Scientists from the AHT’s Equine Genetics Team recently established that there is a link between DNA and the likelihood of fracture in racehorses. This new test will provide a breakthrough in managing the risks associated with fracture in racehorses.
The new DNA test will be able to identify whether a thoroughbred is at an increased risk of fracture by taking a simple DNA swab. To validate this new test, the AHT is testing both a control group of horses that have finished their racing careers sound, and horses that have sustained fractures whilst in racing. The aim is to test a total of around 250 horses in each group.
As part of the control group, top race and show horse, HM The Queen’s, Barbers Shop had a DNA swab taken.
Dr Debbie Guest commented, “Our goal is to reduce the number of fractures sustained by racehorses both on and off the track. At present 11% of horses in training will sustain a fracture during their career. By finding out early on that a horse has a higher risk of fracture, it enables people to have a better understanding of how to manage the horse and prevent a fracture occurring.” Debbie and her team will be attending qualifiers for the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse finals this year including those at Bury Farm, Vale View and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The team will be taking DNA swabs from horses with owners wishing to participate in the research.
If you or your customers have an ex-racehorse that has retired sound from racing with no known fractures and you would like to take part in the development of this new test by having your horse swabbed, please contact Dr Debbie Guest: Debbie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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As many of you may already know, this summer I am taking on the challenge of completing 11 triathlons to remember Moose’s 11 years he had with us. Along the journey I have set a target to raise £1100 to go towards canine cancer research. Loosing Moose to this horrible disease, with only two weeks from diagnosis to him passing away I saw how this disease can effect dogs. I know my fundraising money won’t cure this cancer but can only help towards it! My triathlons start from tomorrow all the way through to September. Please donate if you can at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daisy-ledger #triathlon#fundraising#canine#caninecancer#animalhealthtrust#curecancer
Made these cat shortbread cookies to try sell at work tomorrow helping my fundraiser for the #animalhealthtrust .. Half of them were over done, I burnt the chocolate, the ones that survived look like they were done by a 5 year old, there are sprinkles stuck to my feet and flour on my face, but I tried 😹 I'm fundraising all year for research in to feline cancer after losing my baby treacle, so please do donate to my just giving page if you are moved by the story 😻 now to tidy up 😌 #aht#fundraiser#fundraising#feline#cat
For the second year, CCC Director James is on the organising committee for the AHT Charity Race Day. James, along with other local businesses and individuals have come together to organise the annual event which showcases the crucial role that the charity plays in the equine industry.
The @animalhealthtrust exists to fight disease and injury in animals. Thanks to their pioneering work improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention, horses, dogs and cats are living healthier, happier lives.
As an animal charity, the AHT relies on generous donations from the general public. The 2017 Race Day was a massive success with a fantastic total of over £47,000 raised. They are hoping to match if not exceed this for the 2018 event which is being held at the iconic July Racecourse in Newmarket on Saturday 9th June. Tickets and tables can be booked by calling 0207 025 0035 or emailing email@example.com Bookings made before 31st March will receive an early bird discount. Guests enjoy a champagne reception upon arrival, a day of racing, a silent and main auction, a decadent three course meal with unlimited wine and afternoon tea. It’s a perfect summer’s day outing for family, friends, or even business clients. .
@animalhealthtrust | @newmarket_racecourses .
Two whole years since my boys spinal op, never let it stop him though! Always such a happy, crazy, needy pug 😂😍 Don't know what I would do without him ❤🐶❤ it's amazing what the Animal Health Trust did for him I will always be forever grateful 💕 #pug#pugsofinsta#animalhealthtrust#aht
Today is world cancer day Last year I lost my boy at 7 to osteosarcoma. Boxers are the number 1 breed to get cancer in their life. Finding it early is vital. So check your boxers. Has your dog had a sudden change in behaviour? Lethargic can't jump in the car? Sudden lameness? Found a lump with no bite hole? Seems in pain or discomfort? Sudden Weight loss? All of these things can be something else but it's worth getting it looked at. The Animal Health Trust are researching boxer cancers they need samples from affected boxers and boxers over 10 who have never had the C word. Zoe's Journey have been vital in raising funds for this research and have already funded a 5 year programme into lymphoma which is very common in our breed. So let's do something for the breed we love. Check your boxer help the research. #worldcancerday#boxerdog#redboxer#brindleboxer#whiteboxer#dogsofinsgram#dogs#boxers#osteosarcoma#lymphoma#cancer#animalhealthtrust#aht
Today is world cancer day Last year I lost my boy at 7 to osteosarcoma. Boxers are the number 1 breed to get cancer in their life. Finding it early is vital. So check your boxers. Has your dog had a sudden change in behaviour? Lethargic can't jump in the car? Sudden lameness? Found a lump with no bite hole? Seems in pain or discomfort? Sudden Weight loss? All of these things can be something else but it's worth getting it looked at. The Animal Health Trust are researching boxer cancers they need samples from affected boxers and boxers over 10 who have never had the C word. Zoe's Journey have been vital in raising funds for this research and have already funded a 5 year programme into lymphoma which is very common in our breed. So let's do something for the breed we love. Check your boxer help the research. #animalhealthtrust#boxerofinstagram#boxerdog#boxer#redboxer#dogofinstagram#myboy#worldcancerday#cancerfighter#cancer#cancerpatient#cancervictim#osteosarcoma
MIND - With January almost over, and the first of the Spring blooms appearing 🌱💐🤗, it's an ideal time to think about Spring Cleaning. No, I'm not talking about household chores 😄, rather decluttering the mind. I find keeping a notebook helps to reduce that white noise in my head associated with scattered thoughts.
Last year, I stumbled across the @dailygreatness Journal. It's completely transformed my life 🙌🏼 As someone who suffers from anxiety on a daily basis, all too often I focus on the negative. My journal helps me to focus on the positives in life by celebrating achievements 🎉🎆, not just those of the past, but those on a weekly and daily basis. It's also a place for me to work through my feelings, to dream big, create goals, and make plans. It has helped me to become more focused, productive, and to not be afraid to go for what I want in life.
Choose a notebook that excites you and suits your needs; I would highly recommend one that you can put pen to paper - it's very cathartic 😇 Keep it with you throughout the day so you can jot things down as they happen, then you aren't juggling so much in your mind.
It may seem daunting to begin with, so start small, you'll be surprised how it develops.
Try it here...comment with one of your achievements. How does it make you feel? 😀
A warm welcome to the new My Midlife Marathon! I thought a good place to start would be to introduce myself.
Hello! I'm Nikki. I have just turned 40, and I live in Norfolk, England, with my partner, Nick, Red our OAB (Old Aged Border), and George the Jack Russell, our very own version of a naughty house-elf. Together we run our own business, building one-off bespoke luxury homes.
My favourite colour is pink, you will almost always see me wearing @joulesclothing, I took up running two years ago, and I love being creative, whether it's interior styling, gardening, cooking, crafts, and drawing & painting, all of which help me to cope with my anxiety on a daily basis.
Want to know more? Your journey to rediscovery starts here... #fabulousat40#dogmum#entrepreneur#anxiety#rediscovery
I didn’t make any New Year's resolutions. Rather this year, I have used January’s less frenetic pace as a time for reflection, a time to make meaningful goals, and to plan the forthcoming year. I’ve looked back on last year’s achievements, challenges, and lessons learned, reviewing if my life is still on course, whether I am the person I want to be, and what, if anything, is holding me back from fulfilling my dreams.
Last year, one of my goals, aside from completing what will be a major life event this year, the London Marathon 2018, was to reach out to others in the form of my own blog, as I wanted to connect with like-minded people, and I felt that through my own experiences, I had something to offer. It did not manifest itself into what I had hoped.
It quickly became apparent that I just do not have time to write a blog, nor the other aspects connected with running a blog; other areas of my life were falling into disarray, amplifying my anxiety. My family and I must always come first, growing and running our business second, however, I still want that connection, and I still feel like I have something to offer.
Goals are not set in stone; they are tools to help you focus on an objective, and sometimes adjustment is required. I’ve not given up on the idea of having my own blog, things may alter in the future, but I have realised that I can still use Social Media as my outlet to achieve what I had set out to do.
My Midlife Marathon is not just about running my first marathon at the age of 40, but also a metaphor for my journey to rediscovery, a place for me to inspire others to improve their mental wellbeing, learn to love themselves again, and to feed the soul with creativity. From today, look out for my future posts, focusing on the MIND, BODY and SOUL, and join me on my journey.
What do you want for yourself from the year ahead?
December's festivities and January's gloom tends to leave my skin pale and lacklustre 🙈 As a runner, training in wintry conditions also leaves areas of my face chapped and dry.
Now, at the age of 40, to brighten my face and give me a boost of confidence, I'm using BB Cream, and sweeping illuminator over my cheeks bones. Am loving Lily Lolo's BB Cream & Rose Illuminator. Their BB Cream contains aloe and jojoba oil to moisturize, and when paired with the illuminator, my skin looks healthy and glows with a youthful radiance 😊
As an acne sufferer, I've used Lily Lolo products since my early 30s, choosing their mineral products over other brands for their non-comedogenic and soothing properties. Highly recommend 👍🏻
This beautiful award speaks for itself. Celebrating their 75th anniversary with Equestrian stars coming together, the Equestrian Awards made sure this ethereal design stood out from the rest. The perfect award to celebrate the animals and the people who help them, thanks to the Animal Health Trust. Need a unique award that represents your company perfectly? Follow the link in our bio to follow our easy step by step guide! #equestrian#celebrate#anniversary
Week 3 of marathon training done! 😁 10 min walk, 30 min run x 2, finishing with another 10 min walk. Temperature was Baltic, and I arrived back home literally as the snow began to fall 😎 Have trialled listening to an audio book via @audible_com whilst running this week to keep me occupied. Was worried I wouldn't be able to concentrate, but found it completely natural and rather enjoyable 😊 Am reading (well listening to 😂) 'Then She Was Gone' by Lisa Jewell, a Spring 2018 Richard & Judy Book Club recommended read. What are you currently reading?
As you have probably all worked out, we have a few more weeks with my princess before she leaves us to be in doggy heaven 😓🐶 I feel like part of my soul has gone & my heart is being ripped out a little bit at a time. She has been the best friend I could have ever asked for! She is comfy & cosy.. as always on my bed, even when I’m trying to change the sheets! I love you princess. Let’s have so many kisses & cuddles baby 💞💞💞 please if you have a minute click the link in my bio & donate towards helping other animals who are poorly #animalhealthtrust