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EquinExpert is the triple expertise for your pets :   a privilege to have the skills and opportunity to improve the health and well-being of  animals offering you my services of osteopathy (for all kind of animals), equine dentistery and saddle fitting in Switzerland (Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Zurich, Valais, Neuchâtel, Jura, Geneva, etc...)

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Saddle fitting

Animal osteopathy

Equine dentistry

Expertise of the fitting of your saddle, of the shape of your saddle, measurments, sales and consulting, repairs, adding/changing billets girth, reflocking, etc...

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Equine dentistry

Animal osteopathy

Equine dentistry

Equine dentistry cares : Examination of teeth, removal of sharp enamel points and small dental overgrowths, removal of loose deciduous caps and wolf teeth, removal of supragingival calculus. Procedure without sedation,  use of motorised (with battery) dental instruments and manual floats.

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Animal osteopathy

Animal osteopathy

Animal osteopathy

Osteopathy for all kind of animals : horses, dogs, cats, bovine, ovine or caprine species.   By appointment at your place  in Switzerland, Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Valais, Genève cantons, etc... 

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ABOUT ME

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- Volunteer for the association "DOESF"  :  free osteopathy and dentistry cares for animals in countries where people still use them to work and for basic sustenance, livelihood.


- Certificate of massage therapy, Académie des médecines naturelles, ASCA (fondation suisse pour les médecines complémentaires)

-Certificate of animals Taping, K-Taping International Academy


- Certificate of equine dentistry ( trained by Pol Jaspart)

- Certificate of  tissue approach of osteopathy (Pierre Tricot method)

- Certificate of  autonomic arousal osteopathy for dogs and horses

- Teacher of anatomy, dentistry and osteopathy at ESOAA during 5 years (until june 2016)


- Mémoire de fin d'études sur "les mélanomes équins", mention d'excellence

- Nombreuses missions bénévoles au sein de l'association DOESF (Dentistes et Ostéopathes Equins Sans Frontière)

- Expérience d'assistante en clinique vétérinaire

- Diplômée d'Ostéopathie Animale, mention "très honorable"

- CAP auxiliaire de santé vétérinaire 


- Bacchelor ès Lettres Modernes (Université de Genève, Suisse)

- Cavalière depuis plus de 25 ans (cce, cso, hunter, loisir ...)
 

Publications

 - Parution en septembre 2016 d'un article sur les mélanomes équins dans la revue Cheval Santé

 

- Parution de mon étude "Les mélanomes équins chez les chevaux gris. Etude de la dégénérescence et prolifération des cellules mélanocytaires responsables des mélanomes des chevaux gris" aux Editions Universitaires Européennes (bénéficiez de -15% en me le commandant directement)


- "Manifeste pour un âne", novembre 2014 (non publié) par Margaux REYNOLDS


- Rapport de Mission DOESF au Maroc, février 2014, par Pol JASPART


- Rapport de Mission DOESF au Sénégal, janvier 2013, par Pol JASPART (pour la dentisterie) et Margaux REYNOLDS (pour l'ostéopathie)


- Rapport de Mission DOESF en Croatie, octobre 2013, par Pol JASPART


- Rapport de Mission DOESF en Tunisie, avril 2012, par Pol JASPART

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EquinExpert

Gwattstrasse 59, Thoune, Suisse

+41 79 839 65 30 / +33 6 78 61 18 17

+41 79 839 65 30 / +33 6 78 61 18 17

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animal osteopathy

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What is it ?

It is an established, recognized system of treatment that uses physical techniques to remove tension and restrictions in the animal musculo-skeletal systems. By working on the joints and muscles to improve blood flow and regulating nerve supply, osteopathy works on many different levels with the aim of re-balancing the body’s structures. This aids the animals’ function by relieving pain, preventing injury and maximizing movement and performance. 

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When should I contact an equine osteopath?

-->  Regular check-up

--> Reduced performance

--> Gait problems: tracking-up/short stride, loss of collection, cross-canter problems, rushing downhill, pulls uphill, lacks concentration

--> Stiffness in different areas of the body / Stiffness in the older horse

--> Reluctance to trot / canter on certain reins

--> Problems with head carriage

--> Changes in behaviour: bucking, bolting, rearing, kicking and refusing to jump for horses

--> Objection to being saddled or girthed, unable to stand still or relax, hyper-sensitivity to brushing

--> Aiding rehabilitation after injury

--> Aiding rehabilitation in diagnosed conditions such as arthritis, hind leg and front leg lameness

--> Uneven muscle bulk, muscle imbalance and spasms


Osteopathy is good for all animals no matter its age, gender, its build ... 

--> The youngs can be treated early to ensure a good growth

--> The eldest ones : for them some special treatment methods are chosen like some  stretching or kind functionnals movement, especially if they suffer from aging troubles like arthrosis.

--> Both very large and very tiny animals can be treated : indeed all technics  will be tailored specifically for each individual animal according to his/her age and build.

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What does an osteopathic treatment involve?

--> Presence of the owner of the animal desired.

--> To treat horses : preference for an open space, horse with a lunge, ideally on a flat surface to walk the horse. It's also possible to treat the horse in a stall

--> For a dog : on a table for the smallest ones, on the floor for the biggest ones.

-->  I begin by noting down the initial consultation with a case history: noting any previous injuries, treatments and medications, as well as looking at the lifestyle of the animal and the demands placed upon him/her. 

--> Then I observe the animal standing and moving. 

--> I then conduct an osteopathic examination, assessing all joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. After that I then commence treatment. The techniques I use during treatment consist of :

  • Joint articulation
  • Soft tissue techniques, such as massage, stretching, reflex and trigger point work
  • Joint Manipulation 
  • Gentle functional work
  • Kynesiologic taping

-->  The treatment usually lasts approximately 45min to an hour for a horse and 30/40min for a dog.


Areas :  Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Valais, Neuchâtel, Jura, Geneva*. 

*other cantons possible after agreement.

equine dentistry

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Why ?

 -->  Sharp edges known as enamel cusps will naturally develop over time as the horses teeth erupt (during all the lifetime of the horse). These sharp cusps will often cause soreness, lacerations and ulcers to the sides of the cheeks and to the tongue. Often horses with sores from these sharp cusps will find it painful to chew and they will give up and spit out a half chewed ball of hay. This is called quidding and is unfortunately a common occurrence. 

-->  Hooks and ramps : develop due to a misalignment of the molar arcades. This is commonly the result of an over-bite or under-bite (parrot mouth or sow mouth) of the incisor arcades. Sometimes hooks and ramps can become a secondary problem to an extracted or missing molar where the remaining teeth start to come together thus shortening the row of molars. Where a molar has no contact with an opposing tooth there will be no attrition to keep the tooth worn down correctly to compensate the natural rate of eruption. 

-->  Between 2.5 years and 4.5 years the transition from deciduous (milk teeth) to permanent teeth occurs and concerns 24 deciduous teeth (12 incisors and 12 pre-molars). Often young horses have problems shedding the deciduous teeth which can be a painful experience causing quidding, sudden loss of appetite, ulcers and lacerations. Deciduous teeth, otherwise known as caps, can fracture during the process of shedding allowing food to become trapped and creating a sharp points.

-->  Wolf teeth are vestigial teeth and come in many different shapes and sizes. Not all wolf teeth require extraction as it usually depends on several factors including type of ridden work, age and positioning of tooth. They are usually extracted on horses ridden with a bit (as they are placed exactly where the bit is).


With regular routine dental checks and dietary alterations these issues can be carefully managed to allow the horse to be comfortable and masticate food efficiently even in the most extreme cases.

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When should I contact an equine dentist?

 --> If the horse  gives up and spits out food
--> If the horse is "stocking" food between his cheeks and teeth. 

 --> Long fibres in droppings.
-->  Change/loss of condition.
--> If the horse is reluctant against the bit, refuses to flex his neck on one or the other side, has neck pain, etc...
--> In general, a regular annual or biannual dental appointment is recommended.

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How is it done?

-->  I do not treat horses under sedation (only vets can). About 90% of horses can be treated without sedation (even the craziest ones which are often the calmest during dental cares!).

--> These cares are quickly done and PAINLESS.

-->  The techniques (manual or electric floating) I choose to use during the treatment will be tailored specifically for each individual horse.

--> I provide professional equine dental treatment using an extensive range of well maintained, high quality equipment. My electric engine works with a battery so you do not have to provide me electricity (horses can be also treated on a field).


Throughout Switzerland : Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Valais, Neuchâtel, Jura, Geneva and the surrounding areas.

saddle fitting

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What is it ?

It is the evaluation of the fit of a saddle to a particular horse, in other words "does my saddle fit my horse ?".

To explain it I like the image of us and hiking shoes : if you try to hike with too small or too big shoes or with a pair of shoes with a complete different shape than your feet shape, then you will be in pain for sure ! It is the same for the horse with an ill-fitting saddle.

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What does a saddle fitting evaluation involve? ?

During the saddle fitting appointement you could have the following :

- evaluation of your actual saddle if you already have one

- evaluation of the build of your horse and measurements of the horse

- test of a new (or second hand) saddle if desired

  

 Throughout Switzerland : Bern, Fribourg, Vaud, Valais, Neuchâtel, Jura, Geneva and the surrounding areas. 

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Which brands are for sale ?

I work with 3 different partners : Kentaur , Cavaletti and Massimo : they have been chosen regarding some very strict criteria : the saddles are made out of leather, with changeable gullet plate or customized gullet plate, they have flocked panels (possibility to change/adapt or renew them, which is not the case with foam panels) and the range of their price is wide and starts with very reasonable prices.


The best solution and not necessary the most expensive one is always offered : therefore when it is possible it will be offer to you to keep your actual saddle and just proceed to some adjustments of it.


All leather work like adjustments and repairs will be done after agreement upon an estimate.