Heidi Nielsen Evening talk 10 May - Effective physiotherapy training for all horses


Heidi Nielsen Evening talk 10 May – Effective physiotherapy training for all horses




Evening talk – Heidi Nielson ProPrio-Training; How you can improve your horse’s posture, balance and coordination


I am really delighted that Heidi Nielsen is travelling over from Denmark for an evening talk on 10 May and day clinic on 11 May at Tilefield Equestrian. These events are aimed at all horse owners as well as professionals involved in all modalities of equine bodywork and dentistry.  Heidi has an incredible range of skills; she is a qualified Vet and Equine Dentist as well as being a qualified in chiropractic, osteopathy, craniosacral therapy, physiotherapy, acupuncture and Alexander technique for horses. She is author of the book ProPrio Training – Effective physiotherapy training for horses and riders at all levels.


In the process of blending together these skills, ProPrio-Training was developed.  Proprioception is our sense of movement and PrioPrio-Training is a type of sensory motor training that involves all of the horse’s senses.  The unique aspect of ProPrio-Training work is the equipment used; the horse moves on and over squares, rectangular poles and triangular “matresses” made from soft foam.  This gives a huge variety of exercises that can be set up and each is tailored to the needs of your horse.


As a vet and body worker Heidi was frustrated that horses frequently suffer from injuries and pain. Often problems reoccur making rehabilitation back into full work a difficult and time consuming process. ProPrio-Training was designed to overcome these common problems.  The work is specifically designed to strengthen the connection between the brain and the body and to improve posture, balance and coordination. Without good posture and a strong core the horse’s body is overloaded a little bit with every step he takes and get injured will sooner or later.  This work strengthens the horse’s core as well as the important multifidus muscle along the spine.


As a vet who is passionate about dentistry I think it very unlikely that our evening will go by without discussing Heidi’s work with the Nordic Collage of Equine Dentistry.   Good dentistry is extremely important to ensure that the horse is chewing correctly, this is essential for the mobility of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which in turn is crucial for the horse’s balance. This is how dentistry, body work and proprioception work is all connected.

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