Domino is a 27 year old Cob x Hunter who we've owned for 22 years; he is a cushingoid horse. Deborah has been giving Domino monthly treatments for nearly 12 months and the difference in Domino from then to now is amazing! In fact, on Deborah's last visit she couldn't find anything wrong, just an ever so slight stiffness on his left side. She said it's as if all of a sudden everything has just come together and clicked into place. Domino was very stiff on his first appointment with Deborah; he does have left knee issues & probably arthritic in places at his age, but with Deborah's monthly treatments we now have a different horse. We didn't hack him out much before Deborah started to treat him, but we are able to now lightly hack him a few times a week without any guilt that he is stiff, and he is loving life. Deborah explains what she is doing and if a particular area she is working on needs that extra humph she explains what and why she is doing it and what benefit it will make, and she answers your questions with honesty. She tells you straight what problems there are and is very professional with a friendly, patient and kind approach to your horse. Deborah has said that Domino might be able to go longer in between his treatments, but I think we will be keeping him to his monthly appointment as the difference in our old boy is just amazing. I can certainly highly recommend Deborah at Holden Equine - we love her!!
Chrissie Neave, Domino
Jake is a TB-dales/fell cross who is almost 20 and is a no -nonsense stoic kind of chap who just gets on with it no matter what. I would say that this can be such a strong quality but the downside is it can make me complacent towards how he is going and it isn't always obvious to me if he's uncomfortable. Deborah visited us this week and after initial assessment and measurements she got started and there wasn't any part of Jake that she didn't work on, really getting into his muscle groups and pointing out to me some tight areas which I was totally unaware of. Jake loved it so much you could virtually see him asking for more! After almost 2 hours, Jake's first treatment was complete and walking him to the school to trot up, he felt so light I thought he might float away ! I was so impressed with Deborah 's knowledge and techniques that I will certainly ensure this is a regular contribution to Jake health and wellbeing.
Ann Hearn, Jake
As a novice rider and owner of 16.2 Clydesdale cross ride and drive horse, I wanted to know what his physical state was, before some work preparing him for dressage, showing and carriage driving competitions. Deb came and did a full assessment, explaining the process as we went along and this was then followed up by a full body massage, explaining muscle groups, and their working potential as well as identifying any sore areas and how to work on them. I found the whole process very professional and welcomed her explanations as we went along, which helped me to understand. I would definitely use the service again.
What a great experience for my young Irish sport horse who received a thorough assessment today including his saddle, measurements and shoulder angles to establish his treatment needs. Deborah explained the process & her findings and was very calm and re assuring whilst working over the whole body. Highly professional and very knowledgable I would recommend Holden Equine to everyone on the yard.