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Ivana displays Equine Touch.

HORSE owners, students and practitioners from all over the UK and Europe have travelled to the North East this week to listen to one of the founder members of The Equine Touch Foundation demonstrate her work.

Ivana Ruddock, who co-founded the organisation alongside the late Jock Ruddock, has travelled from New Zealand to Northumberland to hold an Equine Touch course and speak at the foundation's conference.

It is the first time the International Equine Touch Conference has been held in the North East and the two-day event will be taking place this weekend at Kirkley Hall Equestrian College in Ponteland.

And this week Ivana held a level four diploma course at Netherton Park Stables, Stannington, which is run by Heather Vaulkard, the regional Equine Touch co-ordinator. The course ran for three days and was attended by a number of students, some of whom had travelled from Europe to continue their training with Ivana.

Horses For Lease BAY GELDING Heather said: "It is wonderful that we have Ivana here in this country and it is even better that the conference is being held in the North East. She has also held a level four diploma course at my yard at Netherton Park Stables this 15hh, 6 yrs old, for loan for hacking to experienced, kind home. Lovely nature, further details 01434 673562 week and some of the students attending have travelled from Holland and Germany."

Ivana is a professor in veterinary anatomy and physiology and travels the world doing whole horse dissections for vets, bodyworkers, farriers and horse owners.

She uses the results of the pathologies to formulate new addresses for The Equine Touch so they can be used prophylactically as a preventative measure by Equine Touch bodyworkers, students and practitioners.

Also attending the course and the conference was The Equine Touch national co-ordinator and instructor Lyn Palmer, from Glastonbury.

She explained that The Equine Touch is a form of hands on body work that is holistic, non-invasive and gentle; suitable for all horses no matter what their age or condition.

"The Equine Touch can bring benefits to all horses," she said: "It can help to improve the performance of competition horses, aid recovery of sick horses on box rest, maximise bodily functions of elderly horses and encourage positive contact between foals and humans." By addressing the connective tissue, such as fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the practitioner stimulates precise points of the horse's body using a specific move, or a series of moves, to help the horse rebalance itself. The therapy increases blood circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage and helps the horse to detoxify its body.

According to the Foundation it is a skill that can be learnt by all horse owners and can be used to give 'a gift to the horse.'


Ivana Ruddock working <B with a horse during her visit to Northumberland. The horse is being held by Lyn Palmer.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 14, 2014
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