Vav Simon
(Mhairi Simon)

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Star of the Month

To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would highlight the great progress some animals
have made.

Heidi is an Alpaca

From Rescue to National Competition

My Buffalo's Back!

Back In The Show Ring

Over the Moon

Back in Perfect Balance

From ‘No Hope’ to Winning!

Life's a Canter for Trampus

A Brazilian Tapir's Bathroom Accident

But he’s not lame!

Miracle Achieved, 100%!

Nearly Put Down 2 Months Ago!

Mending Mabel

Getting the Measure of Tapeworm

Dedication Makes All the Difference!

Tara's Back-end is Back Again!

Sophie can Stand Again!

Better Than 100%

Lame, constipated, incontinent...

The Tale of the New Wag

Some of Our Success Stories

Back in Perfect Balance

Kluedo is an 11 year-old Westfalian gelding who had been doing really well in dressage tests. Martine had bought him when he was seven and had been training him to the point where they had achieved Advanced Medium grade. Things were going well and then last summer, Kluedo caught a virus.

Once he was over the worst, he never seemed to recover properly. Martine thought it was the virus hanging on, but three months later he was still rearing up much more than he should, and hating the right rein. She got his teeth checked and the vet took blood samples but although the tests were clear, his performance was still below his normal standard.

Then Martine suddenly realised that he might have a sore back. “I've suffered with my back, since I was 19 — I get pains all down one side from time to time.” She called out Vav for a chiropractic treatment.

Vav explained that virus infections can cause changes in ligament tensions. Ligaments hold the bones in place like guy-ropes hold tent-poles in place. So, it is not unusual to see these tensions cause subtle mis-alignments which can then trap a nerve.

Martine noticed an immediate change in Kluedo. He was supple and flexible, calm and well-behaved and his flying changes came back to normal. These improvements were all-important for his dressage career. As he was after the virus, he wouldn’t train happily and couldn't do dressage tests. He was, in effect, back to beginner level. But within a few days of the treatment, Martine felt confident to resume training.

Vav came back once to do the follow-up treatment. This is usually necessary to finish off the therapy with small adjustments here and there and it can nip any new problems in the bud. This time, hardly anything needed to be done, which probably explains why the improvement was so quick and so good.

And it has paid off — just recently Kluedo easily won his Advanced level test and qualified for the Regionals!