Osteopathy and dressage were made for each other. We share the aims of achieving harmony, balance, fluidity, release from tension, freedom of movement and vitality. From these flow health, symmetry and ease.
Dr Sutherland, founder of cranial osteopathy, said “Allow physiologic function to express its own unerring potency rather than apply blind forces from without” – in both training and treatment the approach is to allow and support rather than to be forceful.
The film “All Black” shows how international dressage rider, Lisa White, and her Grand Prix horse, All Black, have benefitted from treatment. We have provided osteopathic care to both horse and rider, dealing with issues ranging from chronic physical imbalances to the emotional impacts of the horse’s transfer from New Zealand to the UK, to sinus infections and the rider’s lower back problems.
In the film, Conrad Schumacher, internationally renowned trainer, explains how the combination has developed over the last few months. He says “He was like an old horse. Now he looks like a young, fit horse“. Click All Black to see the film in full screen or click below.
The film was shot by kind permission of Emile Faurie at Heath Farm, Oxfordshire in December 2011.