Dr. Joanna Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, CSFT

Vet Teaches Riders to Recognize Equine Back Pain

Dr. Robson has dedicated her life to the compassionate understanding of the horse to eliminate equine pain and maximize performance and longevity. In her practice Dr. Joanna Robson combines traditional western veterinary medicine and horsemanship, with a holistic healing approach.  Dr. Robson works internationally to promote education about recognizing and understanding pain in horses….and teaches people what they can do about it! “The relationship of saddle-fit to equine performance is my obsession!” states Robson, a certified member of Saddlefit for Life® professionals dedicated to the science of saddle fit.

When her horse needed help healing from a back injury, Dr. Robson determined to learn everything possible about a grounded holistic approach to pain-free performance and longevity in our horses. She works to build a community of like-minded professionals, including other veterinarians, farriers, saddle-fitters, and therapists.

“More than anything I would like people to take a step back and listen to their horses.”

In her book “Recognizing the Horse in Pain… and What You Can Do About It!” (©2009; www.recognizingthehorseinpain.com ) Dr. Robson acknowledges the ongoing training she receives from Jochen Schleese. “I would like to thank Jochen Schleese of Saddlefit 4 Life. You saved my horse’s career and in doing so, shaped mine. I acknowledge that the saddle fitting material in this book is largely due to your years of experience and passion for teaching.”

The following is an excerpt of Dr. Robson’s teachings on her website: www.inspiritusequine.com and her article: “The Anatomy of Saddle Fit”

  “Too often people miss the signs of their horse’s discomfort. Short and choppy strides, loss of topline muscle, bulging shoulders, hollow-back – these are all symptoms of a horse in pain.  ‘Stall Rest and Bute’ is mistakenly the treatment when the underlying cause cannot be found, and joint injections don’t treat the underlying cause of joint instability. Too often the horse is blamed for being bad, or intentionally trying to anger its owner. We must learn to take a step back and listen to what the horse is trying to tell us. Most behavioral and training issues are merely the horse’s expression of pain” states Dr. Robson.

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For more information or articles by Dr. Robson on saddle fitting, visit: www.InspiritusEquine.com or www.sustainabledressage.net.

 

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Margaret Boyce

For me as a coach and judge, we absolutely do not want to see all our years of hard work and dedication go down the drain because of ill-fitting saddles on our horses. Saddlefit 4 Life®’s amazing developments, have absolutely benefitted the riders but more importantly - for the horse's long term health with immediate and visible results. Seeing is believing! I saw a close friend of mine whose horse has been misdiagnosed for years as to why he was not happy in his work. This horse had his hocks injected; he had an MRI and several other medical procedures trying to find the answer as to why this TB gelding was so resistant even in the most basic work. This horse saw saddlers, chiropractor, massage therapist - the owner felt she did everything she could for this horse and nothing seemed to help. Even the veterinary clinic found and treated the symptoms but never found the cause for this horse's pain. In the diagnostic saddle fit evaluation, Jochen discovered several major fitting issues on this horse and immediately set to work like a surgeon, fitting the horse instantly with a new saddle and the results were beyond amazing. In all the years I have known this horse - I have never seen him produce a regular three beat canter under saddle until that very day. Once all the pressure points were relieved on this extremely sensitive horse, he moved with so much freedom and regularity and offered no resistance - as a judge and coach I just started applauding and crying at the same time!

— Margaret Boyce, Equine Canada Certified Dressage Coach and Judge

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