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Africa and Rio Olympics bound… Let the games begin!

Africa and Rio Olympics bound… Let the games begin!

Its an incredibly exciting time for Dynamic Sports Therapy and come August 5th it will get even more, with the Rio Olympics! I am currently in Zimbabwe and fly out to South Africa later this morning and then off to Mozambique to see Mandy and Pat, of whom wrote the international best seller ‘104 horses’. I used to work for them, taking out to safari rides along the stunning Mozambique beaches, before going over to work on one of the islands. Like many folk that I met out here, they have become incredibly fond friends and I look forward to treating the horses and riding back on those beaches again. I am also meeting one of my wonderful sponsors Jo Hansford photography out there, as we are combing a holiday with some photo shoots. One will be for the fabulous Derrière Equestrian, which I am very excited about and another for Jo, as her ability to capture different types of images with the horses is phenomenal and hey, what an excuse ;). So Il keep you updated on Instagram with that and a new blog asap.

Before I left the UK, I realised that my one month out of Gloucestershire is probably a tad too long, as ‘hectic with work’ was an understatement. Of course Hartpury dressage was soon to be on, along with some key eventing and showjumping comps. But it is what it is and luckily I saw everyone, both 2 legged and 4 legged that I needed to see before I left :). It is peak season here in Africa for wildlife viewing, and I have been treated to seeing elephants left right and center, cheetah for 2 hours very close, which is incredibly rare, giraffe, wildebeest, my favorite bird, a lilac breasted roller and everything else except Rhino, which is a great shame. But due to the current poaching situation I am just pleased that they are being kept safe. Ive got t say that due to living life back in the UK to a very strict diary, it is very refreshing to not have an itinerary every day, and anyone that has been to Africa will know that nothing ever happens quickly here!

Just yesterday I saw the news that 2 of my sponsored riders, Astier Nicolas and Ben and Natasha Baker and JP were definitely off to the Rio Olympics! Im so excited for them, both Astier and Natasha are two people that have had to work extra hard to get where they are now and its an absolute privilege to work with them. Charlotte and Carl who are of course normally down the road are also all set and I wish them well, Charlotte has been in the gym a lot in preparation for the Rio Olympics and I admire her ambitious nature, along with leading the way with strength and conditioning for the rider. So all in all I am going to be very excited to be back in Gloucestershire to cheer them on, and hopefully come Japan il be heading on another plane :). I only have to look at these 2 and know that you must not dream dreams, but live them, so that is the net goal!

Right Ive got a plane to catch, so for now goodbye, love from a very excited and soon to be very tanned, Dee x


Astier Nicolas Eventing | Piaf De B'neville |Dee Holdsworth | Rider and Equine Sports Massage Therapy | Gloucestershire | Rio Olympics Dee Holdsworth | Natsha Baker | GB Team Training | Rider and Equine Sports Massage Therapy | Gloucestershire

Last Blog of 2014! Changes & Challenges

Last Blog of 2014! Changes & Challenges


The last Blog of 2014
So much has happened this year, some massive highs and some very sad lows! From 2014 I have learnt I really have to push myself more and the saying attached is something I will be taking forward into 2015. Its a brilliant saying to go into the New Year with as I have seen so many clients wanting to stay in that ‘comfort zone’ and Ive pushed them and their horses and they have just gone way beyond even what I expected – so I think I need to take note out of my own book!

The beginning of the year was a hard one and a bitter blow having to stand in front of one of the most beautiful and genuine horses Ive had the pleasure of working with, along with his owner as he was put to sleep. I get so attached to some of the horses I treat, especially the ones I see on a regular basis and that guy happened to have a very special place in my heart, and I felt honored to be asked to be there. Hes made me even more determined to succeed!

Some exciting news going forward is that I will be working two days a week at the prestigious Regency Clinic in Cheltenham – Im very excited to work with such an incredible and diverse team and learn so much more! In 2015 I am going to be on the road a lot with all my sponsored riders & clients, Astier is all geared up to make it to Rio in 2016, Stefs horses are working really well & will be out to strut their stuff, Robert & Claire have some brilliant new horses in, as well as the regular stars on the yard who will be looking forward to getting all that mud off and their coat gloss on for the summer shows! Gloucester Rugby are doing well and I am so excited for the rugby sevens season to start with 7Bamboos!
….there may well be a few other things, bigger things, on the cards for Dynamic so keep up to date on FB, twitter (which I promise I will be better at) and on the website. Remember if there’s anything you’d like to see on either, just let me know.
Enjoy the rest of 2014 and cheers to a very prosperous and busy 2015!

I am proud to announce I am taking my KT1 & KT2 with Lee Clark (Part of the Olympic team of Equine Physiotherapists working at London 2012) with fellow ESMA members

I am proud to announce I am taking my KT1 & KT2 with Lee Clark (Part of the Olympic team of Equine Physiotherapists working at London 2012) with fellow ESMA members


I will be able to offer equine kinesiolgy as of December 2013!!!! I first saw kinesio whilst working at London 2012 on so many horses, riders and athletes! Thats when I started doing a bit of research and then after 2012 I completed my human kinesiology course. Some of my clients swear by the tape and there are near to none elite human events where you wont see the tape on numerous athletes! Thats why its so fantastic that we are transfering are knowledge from one athlete to the other! In January 2013 there was the first ever equine kinesio course, my course is now fully booked up too! Like many, I believe Equine Kinesio is going to be the next big thing in equestrian sport and for very good reason too – plus it can be used in training and pre and post competiiton! Below is some info on Lee and equine Kinesio Taping from Kinesio UK.

Kinesio Taping – the brightly coloured therapeutic tape beloved by athletes, was brought to the world stage at the London 2012 Olympics, but for many years in the US, it’s also been used very effectively to help reduce swelling, bruising and injuries on horses  particularly race horses and eventers.

Chartered Physiotherapist Lee Clark will be leading the new Kinesio Equine course. Lee works with both humans and horses and was chosen to be one of the elite, eight strong Olympic team of Equine Physiotherapists working at London 2012.

Lee is also the official physiotherapist for the British Endurance Team (he treats both the horses and their riders) and is a strong advocate of the benefits of Kinesio Taping for horses.

‘Typical scenarios where Kinesio will help a horse recover include muscular, tendon or ligament injury, muscle spasms, or muscle weakness after an operation or if a horse has had prolonged stable rest. Kinesio is also excellent for helping reducing scar tissue and helping reduce swelling or inflammation.

‘I mainly usually use Kinesio in conjunction with other therapies such as manual therapy, electrotherapy and massage but there’s no doubt at all that its application – as long as it’s applied by a professional and qualified practitioner – speeds up recovery in horses. Because Kinesio is lightweight, non-restrictive and fully waterproof, it also means it is comfortable for horses and they aren’t distressed whilst wearing it.’

Foal use of fetlocks and hooves corrected with Kinesio Tape.

Four recent scenarios where Lee has used Kinesio Taping to help recovery in horses include:

An event horse after surgery for ‘kissing spines’. This is a fairly common, painful equine condition often caused by an ill-fitting saddle where the bony ‘spines’ at the top of the horse’s vertebrae start to rub together, causing pain and swelling, especially on moving. This horse is now almost back to normal after around five weeks of treatment.
Tendon injuries in racehorses. Racehorses often suffer from tendon injuries and at racing stables where lee treats horses with Kinesio Taping to protect, support and strengthen their tendons from further injury while they recuperate.
Muscle weakness and wasting after fractured pelvis. In another example, a much loved family horse that fractured its pelvis was on box rest for six weeks and lost a significant amount of muscle in its quarters. Lee used Kinesio Tape in conjunction with electrical stimulation to help this and the horse has now fully recovered.
Elongated tendons in a foal. A common problem in new born foals where they rest their legs (fetlocks) on the ground rather than their hooves, leading to poor gait as they mature. Applying Kinesio Tape can help the contraction of the tendon as the foal grows. Lee successfully worked with a foal born in 2012 with this condition.

Kevin Anderson, Managing Director Kinesio UK, says: “Kinesio Taping has been used in the NHS for the effective treatment of Lymphodema – swelling of the arms, hands and legs for many years and we know it’s particularly helpful in reducing pain and swelling in everyday sprains and muscle injuries. However it’s fantastic that it’s been proven to be so successful in the treatment of animal injuries too. The ability to move freely when you’re wearing Kinesio Taping is a great advantage which is why sporting celebrities are so keen on it as you can still train whilst wearing it. For the same reason it’s great for children too.

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