Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options
Kerry Ridgway, DVM
It is Dr. Ridgway's mission at the Institute for Equine Therapeutic Options to enhance and maximize overall equine health and
performance through Integrative Medicine. Our goal is to provide ongoing education for equine health care professionals as well
as riders, trainers and all other people involved or interested in equine health related fields.
Our current emphasis is conventional medicine and whole horse health through the integration of:
- Neuromuscular & Myofascial Therapies
- Saddle Fitting
- Dental Health
We are aiming to provide awareness and education to all, by means of webinars, clinics, seminars, video clips and DVDs, educational articles, virtual online courses and a blog.
Fascia: The Spider Web of Life
Can you see the relation between fascia and a spider web? Think about it. If you touch one part of the web, the whole fabricated net moves (just like a tensegrity model), providing instantaneous information for the spider to act or react. Fascia acts in the same manner. It is a whole body communication system where, if stimulated, transmits a signal to every part of the body.
Beyond Muscles and Bone!
With our most basic knowledge of biology, we learned the term “connective tissue” as a way to describe certain cell types. However, when applied to fascia, the term “connective” takes on a whole new meaning. Fascia is the connective tissue that links every tissue in the body. For example, it connects ...
Manolo Mendez and Broga
It has been a long time – too long – since we have communicated and shared our thoughts. We do apologize for this.
Unfortunately, most of the last half of the 2012 was spent addressing some very serious health challenges for Dr. R. We are happy to say that they have been overcome and that he is back and stronger than ever!
Our goal of sharing information and discussing pertinent health issues remains the same – our, sincere desire to promote and empower you with knowledge of how you can better your horses’ lives.
“Natural Crookedness” or “Laterality” is still the focus of our thoughts and practice. We are acutely aware of how deeply these factors affect the horse’s health, ...
Natural Crookedness Versus Performance and Soundness
In June of 2012, I had the honor and wonderful privilege of presenting a symposium with Colonel Christian Carde, a former dressage olympian and head trainer and director of the French National School of Equitation in Saumur. I was able to share with him and our audience the muscle hypertension patterns, skeletal pain patterns and the asymmetric foot growth patterns that are so consistently expressed by the “crooked horse”.
Colonel Carde then demonstrated the critically important principles of correct riding and training required to produce a straight horse, and why only a “straight” horse can consistently perform at high levels whilst maintaining soundness. To achieve that straightness, Christian Carde first insisted on balance through a soft, elastic but permanent contact. In ...