Wellington Equine Sports Medicine’s veterinarians Anne Moretta V.M.D. M.S., Susan Oakley D.V.M., Dipl. ABVP (Equine), Certified Member ISELP will be on hand at ShowChic’s popular series ShopTalk to present, “Managing Your Horse’s Back.”

All attendees will receive a complementary performance evaluation for one horse and during the evening there will be two drawings for a free Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) session. 

The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at ShowChic at 3220 Fairlane Farms Road, Ste-3 in Wellington.

“We will discuss recognizing back pain and interrelated lameness problems. We have a team approach for the treatment and rehabilitation of back issues.” Dr. Moretta said. “This will be a fun and informative evening for everyone. We are looking forward to some interesting questions and interaction!”

019961Moretta, Schils and Oakley. Photo: Phelps Media Group, Inc.

The presentation will include:
Recognizing and treating back problems
Muscular, skeletal and neurologic issues
What should be included in a comprehensive exam
The rider, trainer and horse’s input
Equine body language
Primary versus secondary pain
Back kinematics
Core problems
The team approach to diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation management
The importance of client education

Wellington Equine Sports Medicine is an exciting equine sports medicine and rehabilitation practice in Wellington founded by three distinguished equine professionals and educators who blend their expertise with one common goal — to keep equine athletes performing at their peak. Their unique approach combines the latest in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation – each of these steps are critical for the complete care of the equine athlete.

Anne Moretta V.M.D. M.S. has over 30 years of diversified experience in equine sports medicine. She specializes in incorporating advanced equine acupuncture, internal medicine, biomechanical lameness evaluations and spinal manipulation into her sports medicine practice. Her primary interests are in diagnosis and treatment of complex biomechanical, musculoskeletal and lameness issues, poor performance problems and the use of acupuncture and spinal manipulation as alternative modalities for pain relief. She provides in-depth lameness work-ups, imaging, pre-purchase exams and has a special interest in metabolic and other medical conditions that can affect your horse’s performance. Dr. Moretta is a past president of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners.

019963Dr. Susan Oakley. Photo: Phelps Media Group, Inc.

Dr. Moretta is internationally trained in advanced equine acupuncture and uses a complementary approach to maintain your horse’s comfort and soundness. She enhances her traditional veterinary practice with an Eastern approach especially when conventional treatment and medicines are not effective. She finds that both approaches complement each other. Dr. Moretta’s training in Eastern medicine gives her a unique feel for and a different perspective on the individual. She travels internationally as a consultant on various aspects of equine sports medicine. She breeds Hanoverian horses for dressage and jumping disciplines.

Dr. Oakley is a certified member of The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), an international organization that focuses on imaging, biomechanics and lameness in the equine athlete. Her focus is on lameness and advanced imaging in performance horses and she performs specialist-level ultrasound exams to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries. She is available for imaging consultations and pre-purchase exams.

Dr. Oakley has lectured nationally and internationally on equine musculoskeletal anatomy and ultrasound and shares her advanced proficiency in musculoskeletal ultrasound as an instructor at veterinary ultrasound courses, including ISELP. She is also a courtesy adjunct professor in the Practice Based Equine Clerkship at the University of Florida. Dr. Oakley is also a past president of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners.

A classical dressage rider, Dr. Oakley is particularly interested in the use of basic dressage exercises as part of physical therapy and rehabilitation protocols. Dr. Oakley employs rehabilitation protocols and modalities in her work such as Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), to maintain soundness and increase the horse’s comfort and performance.

About Wellington Equine Sports Medicine:

At Wellington Equine Sports Medicine, Anne Moretta, V.M.D., M.S. and Suzan Oakley D.V.M., Diplomate ABVP (Equine), a certified member of The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), both distinguished equine veterinarians, educators and past presidents of FAEP work alongside equine rehabilitation professional Sheila Schils Ph.D M.S. The Wellington Equine Sports Medicine team evaluates the entire horse with innovative approaches and technology to resolve underlying lameness or performance issues. Their team philosophy provides a cohesive treatment plan from initial diagnosis and selection of the latest treatment options to the development of rehabilitation protocols using individually tailored steps in equine care.

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About ShowChic:

ShowChic is an upscale dressage fashion boutique owned by Michele and Doug Hundt located in Wellington, Florida. ShowChic carries everything you need to dress for success in the dressage arena, including sought after brands like Pikeur, Cavallo, Equiline, Kentucky, Eurostar, FITS and more. We also feature unique items like handmade stock ties and stock pins and other dressage accessories and gifts. This extensive selection makes ShowChic the ultimate destination for dressage riders who want the height of fashion, the latest colors, and the perfect coordinates for their ensembles.

A long time supporter of the USET Foundation and USEF National Championships, charities like the Equestrian Aid Foundation, and prestigious events like the Global Dressage Festival, ShowChic’s mobile store can be found at show grounds across the East Coast in the summer and on the Florida show circuit in the winter. ShowChic’s online store is open 24 hours. Whether you need couture for the show arena or the social scene, ShowChic offers the finest in dressage apparel and accessories.

For more information about ShowChic click here.

Source: Carrie Wirth/Phelps Media Group