Well finally this year, I got to qualify in a therapy that I have been following for the last few years, I had previously looked at going to the states to qualify but was finding it hard to fit around the business and having children at school, I contacted Dr Renee and found that she was considering coming to Australia so I put my name down to be on her first lot of students over here. The great thing with studying this therapy is that she only takes small groups of no more than eight. And believe me you need it because this therapy is like nothing else I have studied and took a bit to get the concept of. But believe me it was worth it.
As with all new things I learn, I like to get a feel for the work, see its results, view how it affects the horse, the recovery time, whether the horses need extended down time afterwards, for this reason it has been rolled out on my regular clients who I know will follow up with any concerns, and whose bodies I know inside out so I can feel the changes even if they are subtle, and really feel I know TBT inside out.

So what is TBT?

If you think about the fact that 60%of the horses body is water, it gives you the ability to see that there’s movement to be had if you can influence the skeleton. Every bone has a subtle movement, when horses become restricted or have had an injury, that movement is effected and the horse cannot perform at the level it is capable of. TBT helps to reset the body and in turn relieves the restrictions that have occured.

How did it come about?

This is my account from talking with Dr Renee.

Dr Renee Tucker graduated with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1995, she worked in an Equine practice and over time became frustrated with not feeling she was getting to the bottom of the lamenesses that horses were presenting with, often finding that after diagnostics and traditional treatment she was still getting horses that were not sound or that the problem was returning once they were back in work, in a pursuit to solve these problems she qualified in both Chiropractic and acupuncture, though these worked very well she still felt something was missing, she then began a 20yr mission of learning looking at many modalities and talking to specialists in there given fields with a view of developing a system that could fill the gaps, and what came from that was TBT.

What to expect

TBT is one of those modalities which look very gentle and like theres not alot going on, but its a bit like an under current in the ocean, what’s happening on the top of the water looks like nothing but underneath is a very different thing. What may look like someone holding and gently moving a hand position, to me as the practitioner can feel like great movements beneath my hands, often you will hear things clunk or click as the body repositions ITSELF. Horses will look very relaxed and calm, they may lick and chew or yawn, but not always and it doesn’t mean it isn’t working if you don’t see these things. I will do a series of checks at the start of a treatment and they will be run through again at the end and often the change is quite dramatic. The horses will wherever possible have 48 hrs off to get used to the new position they are in and process the treatment.

This treatment is really amazing, I have loosened things that my owners have been struggling with for years with there horses and felt huge changes myself in my own horse, i’m really enjoying this new work, so why not give it a try, there’s not that many of us qualified here in Australia, so make the most of having one of the few qualified practitioners right here on the far south coast.

Anna Ford | Epona Equine Massage

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