To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
Kirsty has had Norman since he was born. They’ve worked together and competed together. She was successfully bringing him on but one day, when he was 15, he was suddenly lame. “We used to joke he has only had one careful owner” said Kirsty “so when this happened I was very worried. I didn’t know if it was a sporting injury during a competition or bucking during a big thunder storm a week later – or both – but I knew it was serious”.
She went to her vets: the first vet took Xrays and said he didn’t know why Norman was lame. His colleague then took ultrasound pictures and said the deep digital flexor tendon was damaged. He said this would mean he be very unlikely to compete again and certainly wouldn’t jump again. “I feared the worst and considered retiring him. There didn’t seemRoger Meacock using the Scenar much the vets could do, so if I had had insurance I would have been looking at Loss of Use. The vets didn’t actually advise me to shoot him, but I knew that’s what they were thinking.”
Very upset, Kirsty phoned Vav and asked if there was anything she could do. Vav gave
Norman a chiropractic treatment, finding a certain amount wrong and suggested he
had his foot balance corrected. She went on to recommend Roger Meacock the visiting
specialist vet who brings innovative high-
When Kirsty brought him to the Centre, Norman could hardly put any weight on his near foreleg, and he walked out with his weight normally distributed between all four legs. “It was much more than I’d hoped for.” said Kirsty.
Roger used his SCENAR machine, which found something wrong where the vets had thought
the problem was. He too suggested a change of farriery.Roger Meacock's Scenar closeup
But he also found a bigger problem in that shoulder, where Norman had been holding
himself off that foot. The SCENAR works through tiny electrical pulses that are often
hardly noticeable. Hand-
His opinion was that Norman might well recover fully, if they took it slowly and
surely. He pointed out that there were two problems – firstly the sore shoulder and
secondly the loss of muscle and fitness after three months box-
Kirsty worked in very small steps to bring Norman back to full fitness. The first
month was roadwork in hand, slowly increasing the length of the walk. Next she pushed
him with uphill roadwork which was followed by gentle hacking, and then gentle trotting.
After some large circles ridden in the sand school, they progressed to straight-
This lead to a successful riding school dressage test, and then a hunter trial. Kirsty
felt that this was roughly his level of fitness a year ago, before the lameness.
She brought Norman back for a ‘check-
So as Kirsty said “He’s gone from nearly being shot to winning everything I enter him for. Chiropractic, SCENAR, homeopathy and farriery – all doing their bit to bring about a total change. Brilliant!”