Enhancing equine athletes through maintenance and performance conditioning.

Arrow Equine Therapy was created to service Alberta’s high-performance equine athletes; proactively improving performance to reach maximum potential, and preventing injury. Our advantage is education and experience; trained to recognize, monitor, and prevent injury. With a foundation in Western medicine, and certified in many modalities providing alternative sports therapy, Arrow Equine Therapy is enhancing equine athletes through maintenance and performance conditioning.

 

To inquire further or book an appointment, please contact:

Sara Vold EEBW EST RVT NKTE
FEI Permitted Equine Therapist
 sara@arrowequine.ca
 403.370.4495

Services

Since 2009, Arrow Equine has been a part of the performance horse world. Owned by Sara Vold (EEBW, EST, RVT, NKTE), she began her journey as a Registered Veterinary Technologist as Dr Chad Hewlett’s head technologist with Energy Equine Veterinary Services. Sara had learned an immense amount about biomechanics and gait asymmetries, this then had sparked interest into the Equine Sports Therapy world. Strong in the belief system that along side the advancements in the medicinal world, Sara continues to learn and expand her knowledge to better understand the equine anatomy and modalities to address soft tissue. Every horse responds differently, so it is imperative to know several ways to address the dysfunction of soft tissue.

Sara is a talented insured therapist, with a strong background in biomechanics and a passion for the horses and teams of professionals she works with. Sara is a certified EST (Equine Sports Therapist), EEBW (Equinology Equine Body worker), NKTE (NeuroKinetic Therapist Equine), as well as sits on the executive board of the IEBWA (International Equine Body Workers Association), and is a FEI permitted equine therapist.

The competitive horse industry has continued to evolve and care for the equine athlete is substantially more advanced than 10 years ago. Human athletes require a full team of professionals to aid in their performance, strengths, and stamina. Let alone any healing and recovering from injuries.  Studies show that muscle injuries can take up to 90 days to become apparent in which time they may have caused much more serious injury.

Sessions with Arrow Equine entail a entire body assessment, combining gait and postural assessments, identify potential asymmetries or dysfunctions. Sara utilizes her extensive knowledge in soft tissue mobilization techniques, kinesio taping, massage, aromatherapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, acupressure, stretching, exercise/stretch programs and spinal range of motion in any session depending on what is required to bring forth the potential in all athletes.

Arrow Equine believes that it truly takes a village to achieve greatness in the horse so Sara works along side a team of professional Body Workers, Saddle Fitters, Farriers, Nutritionists, Veterinarians, Chiropractors, Equine Dentists, and Trainers. Coming up with the best individual  program for that equine athletes needs getting to the root of concern and managing specific symptoms. Each sessions goal with Arrow Equine is achieving optimal performance of the equine athlete, working along side a team to get that horse to its fullest potential in all our abilities.

+ SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY

Sometimes training and behavior issues are related to a horse’s pain or discomfort level. Massaging your equine athlete on a regular basis allows for areas of tension or even slight strain to be worked out. This provides freedom of movement and elasticity, which helps to prevent injuries. Increased range of motion in joints (small or large), increases lymphatic and blood flow, decreases pain and recovery time needed for the body to bounce back after a hard workout or show. Regular monthly massages are an excellent investment in the health and competitive productivity of your horse.

Benefits of Equine Massage

  • enhances performance and flexibility
  • reduces or eliminates pain
  • prevents injury
  • increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • allows full, painless contraction of muscles
  • allows full muscular and joint extensibility
  • builds stronger, suppler muscles that will be less prone to injury from strain
  • decreases recovery time between events
  • improves gait quality
  • increases overall body awareness
  • decreases scar tissue

+ ACUPRESSURE

Acupressure is known as needleless acupuncture, the same meridians are used in both, and it has been proven to achieve the same results. Other areas focused on are trigger points and stress points. Acupressure on horses helps alleviate stress-related symptoms as well as eliminates toxins, boosts the immune system, increase blood circulation, improve flexibility in joints and enhance metabolism.

+ APPLIED KINESIOLOGY

Don’t you wish your horse, or any animal for that matter, could speak to you? Applied kinesiology, which is the use of muscle testing, evaluates the functional and structural imbalances in your horse’s body – as if they were telling you what’s wrong. We can then test what remedies would best be suited to address those imbalances.

+ ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY

Essential oils are a compliment to all therapies. Aromatherapy is a natural, non-invasive aid, which has proven highly effective in the relief of many physical and behavioral problems. Essential oils have been used for the promotion of health for centuries, and are being increasingly recognized for their usefulness in animal welfare.

+ MYOFASCIAL RELEASE

Soft Tissue Release is a technique that has an immediate effect on muscle and connective tissue of equine athletes. The technique involves applying pressure during a specific stretch performed in multiple planes of movement. The goal is to stimulate the nervous system in a way that leads to spontaneous release of the restricted tissue, thus regaining the original resting length of that particular muscle, improving function, joint mobility, soothing the nervous system and decreasing pain.

+ REIKI

Reiki, a Japanese word meaning universal life energy, assists movement by working with life force energies. It is a holistic, non-invasive technique that heals on all levels of the body, mind and spirit. Energy healing often enhances other modalities of healing, and is a tool used to alleviate pain and reduce stress.

Continuing Education

  • NeuroKinetic Therapy Certification Dr Nicole Rombach

  • Energy Equine Collaborative Equine Dissection

  • Moore & Co Veterinary and Body Worker Collaborative Seminar

  • Equinology Range of Motion eq 400, instructor Dr Nicole Rombach

  • Dr Deb Bennett 5 day dissection clinic, instructor Dr Deb Bennett

  • Energy Equine Collaborative Equine Dissection

  • Equi-tape Kinesiology Taping Certification, Equi-Tape

  • Equinology Myofascial Release level I, Dr Ruth Hyde, Springbank AB

  • Equinology Myofascial Release level II, Dr Ruth Hyde, Springbank AB

  • Equinology: Dr. Barb Crabbe, Lansing MI - Equine Gait Abnormalities and Lameness

  • Equinology: Dr. Hilary Clayton, Lansing MI – Equine Biomechanics

  • Equinology: Debranne Pattillo, Dewinton AB - Advanced Bodywork & Massage Techniques

  • Equinology: Dr, Kerry Ridgway, Priddis AB - Hoof Balance and Saddle Fitting Certification

  • Equinology, Priddis AB - Equine Body Worker Program

  • Rivas Remedies: Marjike van de Water, Red Deer AB – “Healing Horses Their Way” Workshop

  • Equi-Tape, Equi-Taping practitioners certification Course

  • Dr Kerry Ridgway, Calgary AB – Horse function, Intensive Program for Accupressurists and Acupuncturists

  • Dr. Hilary Clayton, Calgary AB – Equine Biomechanics Intensive seminar

  • Raylene Marshall, Carstairs, AB - Reiki Levels 1, 2 and 3

  • Dr Kerry Ridgway, Calgary AB – Intensive Program for Equine Acupuncturists

  • British Columbia College of Equine Therapy, Vernon BC - Equine Sports Therapy Diploma

  • Lakeland College, Vermillion AB - Animal Health Technology Diploma


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