Increase suppleness and flexibility

Enhance postural awareness

Improve core stability

Promote healing

Enhance athletic performance

Welcome to Chiltern Vet Physio run by Dr Tracy Crook…

Chartered Physiotherapist, Veterinary Physiotherapist & Advanced Equipilates Biomechanics Trainer

Tracy is based in Holmer Green, near High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Physiotherapy, rehabilitation,remedial exercise and Equipilates is provided for clients and their animals across the Greater London Area, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Areas frequently visited include High Wycombe, Amersham, the Chalfonts, Watford, Wendover, Slough, Milton Keynes, Luton and London. Tracy is also available to travel further afield and regularly visits yards in Warwickshire & Surrey.

Tracy prefers to see Small Animals in their own environment but can see clients dogs and cats at a Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in Hazlemere, near High Wycombe. As an ACPAT Cat A Physiotherapist Tracy is recognised by all Major Veterinary Insurance Companies and Veterinarians

Human physiotherapy and individual Pilates sessions are provided in the Holmer Green Clinic and on a home visit basis. Group Pilates classes are currently run at Wendover Heights Veterinary Centre (Wendover), Widmer Equestrian Centre (Lacey Green), Woodrow High House Sports Centre (Nr Shardeloes Equestrian Centre- Amersham).

See the Pilates page for full details.

Tracy also provides “Rider Analysis & Pilates Clinics” with Rob Waine Dressage and through British Dressage with Russell Guire of Centaur Biomechanics . She is also able to provide one to one/clinic Mounted & Dismounted Equipilates sessions (using Spikey & Franklin Balls to aid the riders postural awareness).

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2 days ago

Chiltern Vet Physio
Worth reposting- horses are athletes, they have not evolved to go round in circles in a school!Horses CANNOT fake lameness and DO NOT fake lameness or pain!It is frequently said that horses fake lameness to get out of work, loading, competing or whatever it is. Or that they spook to annoy their riders because they’re just being horrible or “in that mood”. But horses simply do not have the cognitive capacity to plot and scheme in this manner like we do. They are no more able to mentally plot and scheme than we are able to fly or grow an extra limb. Plotting, scheming, devising and deceiving are all easily accomplished by human brains. Studies show that although the brain has to work harder than telling the truth, lying is not an unnatural thing for our brain to do at this stage of human cognitive ability. Also, the cognitive qualities that allow us to do this, are the same ones that cause us to project those abilities onto the horse (similar to anthropomorphism). But that still doesn't make it true, or even possible. If a horse acts lame, they are lame or has been made lame from the same stimuli previously and the body’s natural sense of own protection is coming into play by initiating the compensatory movement. If a horse spooks at something, it is because they have been startled. Neither, I will repeat, NEITHER, are occurring because the horse has devised a plan to get out of work. Horses are intelligent in ways that are very specific to them as a species, just as we are, and our brains have evolved for different purposes. What I often find, is people confuse equine intelligence in their specialist areas, with them then being intelligent enough to do the things we presume they are doing. I.e, horse is able to sense moods in owner via body language (as a mainly body language communicative animal) but the horse is not able to speak English. This may seem like a silly example to a simple statement but that is what is occurring- the human is transferring their cognitive ability into the horse.So why do *I * think in a round about way people do this? When you are presented with a horse with sudden onset lameness or pain behaviours, you/we as humans immediately seek a release of authority or frustration/confusion from the mysterious lameness we can't explain. We therefore go for the easiest explanation which is "he must be faking it to get out of work" - suddenly, right then we are released from the pressure of the stress of not knowing what is causing our horse to show signs of injury or pain. So anatomically- The horse’s brain is relatively small in comparison to its body and is quite different to that of a human brain. This is why humanising the behaviours of a horse is very unproductive and can lead to much frustration amongst the horse world when the wrong information is being taught. The horse has a very small frontal lobe area. This was clarified during a seminar/study dissection of the equine brain by equine neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Peters (Evidence Based Horsemanship, 2017), the part of the human brain that handles making plans, strategising, devising and learning to generalise and rationalise. Responding with a lie or deceit (as humans would call the fake lameness) demands something ‘extra’, and that extra bit will have to engage executive prefrontal systems more than telling the truth does. In a study (The deceptive brain- Sean A Spence, MD MRCPsych) lie responses were associated with increased activation in several prefrontal regions, including ventrolateral prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices. These data sets support the hypothesis that prefrontal systems exhibit greater activation when the participant is called upon to generate experimental ‘lies’ and they show that, on average, a longer processing time is required to answer with a lie. All of which, these areas are simply not capable of being used to this extent in the equine brain- as of yet! So please, if you hear of a fake lameness, correct them. If you think your horse is faking their pain- read this again! Photo showing Dr Peters equine dissection- separation of the cerebellum from the brain (this was NOT an equine brain at this point in the dissection). ... See MoreSee Less
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