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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As quoted in the Certified Horsemanship Association February Monthly Newsletter "I recently attended a nine day intensive saddle fitting course conducted by Jochen Schleese. Jochen and his wife, Sabine, have attended two of CHA's International conferences.  I was intrigued by his demos on how saddles are made differently for men and women. This year in Amarillo, he went into more detail about fitting saddles properly to horses to prevent serious injury.  He is passionate about helping horses and by offering this course to professionals in the horse industry, we can do our part in having healthy horses and educated riders. This 3-day course event covered how saddles [may] cause injury and how little has been done in the last 100 years to prevent these injuries.  By educating professionals who deal with horses on a daily basis on how to properly evaluate a saddle fit can go a long way in making horses healthy.  by teaching an 80 Point Evaluation, taking into account, the shoulder angles, wither shape, saddle support area and making sure critical pressure points are not impinged on by the saddle is just a small segment of this course.  The Schleese's passion for helping horses is much the same as CHA's mission statement for riding instructors.  It is for the good of the horse.  Taking these courses reminded me of my certification week to become a CHA instructor.  A huge highlight of my life with horses."  Check our Saddlefit4life.com and the book "Suffering in Silence."

— Lori Maciulewicz - Regional Director for Region 6

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