Horse PT, LLC - Physical Training that IS Physical Therapy. It's all about soundness.Turn your riding into the only therapy your horse needs and improve performance while you're at it.
The mission of Horse PT, LLC is to educate horses and riders in biomechanics based equitation, both in-hand and under saddle.We promote the development of maximum athletic potential of horses by placing the first priority on soundness. We have the patience, knowledge and skill to work through difficulties that hold a pair back from attaining their full potential.
We teach riders how to work towards developing the full athletic potential of the horse while keeping the horse sound. It is very different from exploiting the natural talent of a horse. This is important no matter how the horse is employed as it is how we protect the horse's soundness which protects our investment. How we arrived here: it is often the case that pathology does not correlate to lameness meaning that either the diagnostic tools don't find pathology or there is pathology accompanied by soundness. Rather than shrug our shoulders, write it off to luck, and carry on, we decided to investigate. The answer is simple. Through understanding how the horse's body works, it becomes possible to see and feel when the movement is encouraging damage. It also becomes possible to teach movement that is beneficial. Every dressage exercise has possible negative side effects. You will learn to identify and address this so the horse receives the maximum benefit.
One can not simply make a horse move correctly like a physical therapist does with a human. The horse has to choose to optimize balance through coordination of back muscles and the rider has to learn how to encourage this. It is simply not taught in mainstream equitation. With knowledge of equine biomechanics, it is possible to heighten the sensitivity of the rider's perception which then makes it possible for the rider to perceive, analyze and adjust in a way that is helpful to the horse. Paige's background as a Mechanical Engineer allows her to teach biomechanics in a manner that is easy to understand.