We are very blessed to have access to numerous outstanding vet practices here in North Texas. For "in-house" appointments we work very closely with Dr. Matt Lampe and Dr. Emily Hughes of DFW Absolute Equine. Both are simply outstanding and well versed in Sports Medicine as well as routine maintenance and are our first line of defense for any emergency.
For anything requiring more advanced care or diagnostics, we have three highly respected surgical centers within an hour: Weatherford Equine Hospital, Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in Weatherford, and Weems & Stephens Equine Hospital in Aubrey.
For more information about Absolute Equine and each of the surgical facilities, please visit their websites:
DFW Absolute Equine: www.dfwabsoluteequine.com
Weatherford Equine Hospital: www.weatherfordequine.com
Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery: www.equinesportsmedicine.com
Weems & Stephens Equine Hospital: www.wseh.net
As athletes, horses are subjected to many of the same rigors that human athletes are, plus a few of their own. In addition to the demands of the sport, other factors that might necessitate bodywork include: accidents or injuries, saddle fit, conformation or asymmetries, trailer incidents or long trailer rides to name a few.
Our Chiropractor, Dr. Shawna Turner of Supple Steeds, uses gentle and effective methods to help restore normal function to the spine, enabling the horse to perform to the best of their ability. In certain cases, she has also been known to utilize Craniosacral therapy to help restore neuropathways to help ensure proper function and flow of the energy in the body. It's truly eye-opening to witness the horses' responses to this approach as they visibly relax and let go of tension.
Dr. Turner earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Wyoming before receiving her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University in 2013. She then completed her Animal Chiropractic Certification in 2014.
She is beyond passionate about helping these amazing animals live and function at the maximum capacity. It is her mission to improve the physical health of the animal, through chiropractic and muscle release, to facilitate the best possible interaction between each animal and their handler.
Casey Dishman, CEMT with Topline Equine Massage has been our "go-to" person since our inception in 2011 for keeping the horses' muscles feeling in top form. The information she is able to provide about the health and current state of the horse's body is invaluable for keeping the training process on track and helping identify any potential trouble areas before they become serious.
Casey completed her certification in 2007 through the Arizona Institute of Equine Massage Therapy and Kinesiology. In addition to the coursework, this process included supervised internships as well as over 270 hours of hands-on training. Casey is amazing at continuing her education through independent research and is always looking for the next opportunity to expand her knowledge and share it with her clients. Her philosophy is very simple: to maintain a happy, pain-free horse at a consistent and competitive level through a wide range of massage techniques and targeted stretching. The goal is to help improve range of motion, muscle pliability, circulation, and joint stability to not only help us in our endeavor to produce happy athletes but also help prevent injuries.