Dr Gillian Tabor, Equine Physio, covers all aspects of physiotherapy for optimal physical health of your horses. Advice, exercises and research based practice for horses that are fit and well, as well as those going through veterinary treatment and rehabilitation
Motivation, energy and flow
19:05Can we provide animals with the same access to a sense of enjoyment that we as humans value so much? - Hintze & Yee (2022) If we are looking to rehab and train and thus improve performance we need the horse to be working at an intensity that stimulates adaptation. So what if the horse could be happy to increase effort and be in a 'flow state' whilst they do it? I don't know the answers but wanted to share a few thoughts about my recent exploration into the human psychological theories of motivation! Ref for the paper I mentioned: Hintze, S. and Yee, J.R., 2021. Animals in flow–Towards the scientific study of intrinsic reward in animals. Biological Reviews. For Self-determination theory look up Ryan and Deci's model.
Symmetry and Straightness
19:57In this episode I talk about lameness, asymmetry, straightness and the holy grail of training! Check out my social media to if you'd like to start a discussion on the points I raise - www.facebook.com/drgilliantaborphysio & www.instagram.com/drgilliantaborphysio Please do share a photo/screenshot on your social media, I would love to see where you are listening!
Sympathetic Nervous System - Friend or Foe?
12:58What is the autonomic nervous system and how does it effect our horses? In this podcast I talk about the flight and fight, rest and digest elements of horse behaviour and ask the question - is the being in a high arousal state always a concern? Can it be beneficial in rehab and training. I have a lot to learn about the topic of motivation and ideas such as flow state, and how they can be applied to horses but I think there is so much that can translated. What do you think?
Before the big occasion
11:50What should you do in the week or days before a big event. The big event may be the olympics but it may also be a clinic you travel to or a pleasure ride. What ever it may be it usually represents an increase effort compared to your horse's normal day to day level of activity. In this podcast I talk about ways to ensure you are ready for the event, you have the greatest level of performance there and you do not increase the risk of injury for your horse. Follow me on social media facebook.com/drgilliantaborphysio and instagram.com/drgilliantaborphysio To contact me for 1:1 support for rehab or training visit www.gilliantabor.co.uk