After a week in the Borders for shoot over days in October, our younger dog, Oscar 6 years, returned limping. We immediately got Tracy on the case and Oscar was found to have right bicep tendonitis. The regime for him was far tougher than for Toby and started with 10 mins walking on the lead twice a day, which for a big, bouncy dog is not much. Tracy visited often to use laser therapy and advised swimming as a non- weight bearing exercise. On Tracy’s recommendation, I booked Oscar in at Doggy Dips in Sonning Common and he had several sessions while unable to walk far at all. Gradually we increased the lead walks up to an hour twice a day, and then started letting him off the lead for small amounts of time and then built that up…and now 7 months later we are back to normal walking off the lead.
Tracy was great with both dogs, which have very different temperaments, and both made a full recovery (still keeping my fingers crossed!). We had a pony with a tendon injury a few years ago and I can say the dog was the easier patient by a huge margin. If I was still riding, I would definitely be trying Tracy’s Pilates for Riders lessons. Thank you Tracy!
We would recommend Tracy to any pet owner wanting to help their animals.
When Tracy returned a few weeks later she said that she saw a great improvement in Ronnie’s condition. He was no longer lordotic, his back no longer sore, and he showed no sign of lameness.
I am very pleased to say that Ronnie is sound and is progressing well in every respect. His back is strengthening and his attitude has greatly improved. Tracy has suggested that I watch some you tube videos of western pleasure horses, which I found helpful in determining how to proceed with a horse of Ronnie’s conformation and temperament. Tracy’s visits, as well as giving me confidence, have had a dramatic effect on Ronnie’s health and attitude, for which we are very grateful.
I had felt something was not quite developing properly with my young horse for a long time. She was not building muscle, her back looked poor and she was working (ground work only at this stage) with increasing levels of tension. Her posture was tense and I had on and off hind limb lameness over the course of months. I had countless bodywork, osteopathic, chiropractic and physio professionals look at her over the year, all of which would make her more comfortable – but it would only last a few days. She then started to develop some reactivity (in the form of nipping) towards the farrier, saddle fitter and bodywork professionals. With all these things adding up I knew I was not dealing with the cause of the problem properly. On Tracy’s first visit she identified the severity of the problem, the fact that she could only mask it/temporarily make her comfortable and really I needed to get veterinary involvement and diagnostics. A scan and X-ray showed damage to the supraspinous ligament over T8-T9 which of course was making her wither area uncomfortable and affecting her movement through her back and hindquarters. After 7 weeks of rest and bute, she has really improved, and is now enjoying a physio program to carefully strengthen her.
We have owned Simeric Smooth Criminal (aka Reggie) for 2 years now and have spent much of that time struggling to get him to maintain weight.
His previous owner told us he was a good doer but very quickly he had lost all muscle tone as well as fat stores. Our vet did various tests but nothing came to light but at this stage we didnt scope for ulcers.
Over last summer he did regain some of his weight and well being only to loose it again after Christmas. Our vets suggested scoping and to talk to Tracy which we did. Reggie had grade 2 ulcers which we treated and asked for Tracys help.
The change is a matter of 2 weeks after Tracy first met us and treated Reggie was unbelievable. To begin with his back was terribly sore, worse on one side. Tracy spent an hour with him and Hannah showing her simple exercises to help loosen Reggie off. On her suggestion he wasnt ridden. The 2nd visit Tracy saw a massive improvement with Reggies weight and way of going.
From that point he has go from strength to strength having completed his first endurance ride post treatment with flying colours and is now looking to compete in Belgium at the end of June in 120km race. Hannah and I cant thank Tracy enough for her kindness to us and the miracle she performed on Reggie.
Tracy has come out to my horse a couple of times now when we’ve been in soft tissue crisis! She gets straight to the heard of the issue, where others don’t seem to be able to, and fixes it – who could ask for anything more? This last time I was thinking about retiring my lovely mare and how she’s sound and moving beautifully thanks to Tracy.
Merlin is a changed horse, he is more supple and less stiff than we have ever known him . We were thinking of semi retiring him, and certainly not doing dressage with him again, as he has never been able to work in an outline and always poked his nose out. But we were wrong, with a lot of work from Tilly he is, at the age of 17 transformed into a dressage pony and Tilly is a determined dressage diva in the making.
Thank you so much for your help on behalf of Merlin and Tilly.
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Hi Tracy, I just wanted to say thank you so much for our session yesterday, I can’t believe how much improvement there has been since last session with you. I really felt we made some good steps this time with more areas to work on in improving my position and making Pipers life a bit easier. Definitely worth while alongside my normal riding instructor to work on straightness and position. Have a good week.
Dear Tracy, Thank you for this!
I have completed them all this evening and definitely starting to get the scissors level one when I float my left leg.
I tried finding neutral pelvis in my saddle when I got on today. Apart from a lot of back cracking which never really happens to me I suddenly found my legs felt a few inches longer as soon as I got the right pelvis alignment!!! I couldn’t maintain it in trot but in walk and canter I was able to stay in it and yes felt a lot more comfortable! My suddenly longer legs meant I felt I could wrap round her a bit more and not always have my spur on her. She was a toad but I felt better! So massive thank you already!
Can’t wait to see what I am like in 2 weeks!
I would highly recommend Tracy Crook for her holistic approach to improving both the rider and the horse: I have had the pleasure of working with her for over two years now and she has a fantastic eye for detail, working with the rider both on the ground as well as on the horse.
Her knowledge and understanding of Biomechanics combined with her Physiotherapy makes her a valuable asset to any rider, whatever their level, who wants to ride at their best, be straight and biomechanically correct so they are able to maximise their horse’s potential. I feel strongly that our horses need us to be the best we can be; we should not burden them, or create issues that effect their way of going and this is very much the guiding principle in Tracy’s approach.
It is quite an eye opener when one has a session with Tracy, as none of us is truly straight, level or equal on both sides. As a coach, I have used her for several of my clients – with current injuries, old injuries and/or fit and healthy riders. Feeling better in themselves after a Biomechanics assessment with useful, constructive exercises to work on, they have also noticed a marked improvement in their horse’s way of going.
Throughout the years that I have known her, Tracy has been approachable and knowledgeable, managing clients with utmost understanding and professionalism.
Just wanted to say that my increased straightness has made the biggest improvement in my riding. My straightness has 100% impact on Fly’s … staggering. Had the BEST session ever today.
I am so pleased with the results I am getting. Fin is very sensitive to weight aids and imbalance so to consistently get right canter trans when I have struggled for years is so fantastic
If I was ever in any doubt of Pilates this week would have convinced me. Three schooling sessions, every single time a clear correct transition to canter from trot! I always had muddled right canter transitions. For the last week pretty perfect forward loose round transitions, must be more body aware from Pilates, thinking about it a few weeks ago Fin also became much softer.
I know I have got stronger so probably more balanced but my aids are so much suppler, thank you for all your help and support. Roll on Monday for more strengthening!
Tracy was recommended to me by my riding instructor. Within a couple of sessions, my posture has improved beyond recognition together with my understanding of horses.
Totally dedicated, Tracy’s extensive knowledge of horses and riders make her the ideal physiotherapist.
Without a doubt, she is the very best in her field. Thank you Tracy for all your hard work.