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Free Webinar from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic Why Horses ‘misbehave’ – the role of McTimoney treatment Thursday 27th January @7pm – 8pm

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is delighted to announce a free webinar on the 27th January 2022 investigating why horses ‘misbehave’ and the role of McTimoney treatment.

We all know that horses may buck, rear, nap or demonstrate other ‘misbehaviours’ but how do we find the cause? This webinar considers common physical causes AND other factors which affect equine behaviour, including case studies and key research in this area.

Learn about the key checks you can look for when watching your horse’s behaviour and how the McTimoney treatment works for your horse.

This webinar describes current research into both physical and behavioural issues seen in horses, and how these issues are interlinked. In recent years there has been a huge increase in awareness of physical issues causing behavioural problems and owners are far quicker to look for and treat underlying conditions these days which is great for horse welfare. However, there are also many environmental and management issues for horses which are less commonly considered when looking at the physical body and therapy.

For example, while lameness is commonly a causal factor in reluctance to work, anxiety caused by environmental stressors also contributes to these symptoms and it is important for owners to look at their horse holistically. Whilst chiropractic care is predominantly a physical therapy, it is key for the practitioner and owner to work together to identify all triggers for misbehaviour in order to resolve these issues. This webinar explores how this may be done from the view of the McTimoney Animal Practitioner.

The speakers for this webinar are Nikki Routledge MSc PGCLT, BSc (Hons) MMAA AHPR and Vanessa Davidson MSc PGCE BSc (Hons) MMAA AHPR.  Nikki and Vanessa represent The McTimoney Animal Association, (MAA), an independent regulatory body with 130 members in the UK and Ireland. All members hold a PGDip or MSc in Animal Manipulation (Chiropractic) from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, fulfil 75 hours of CPD over 3 years in a similar format to that of the RCVS, and comply with the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) and Veterinary Surgeons Exemptions Order (2015). Members of the MAA abide by a code of ethics and standards of proficiency as well as being fully insured to treat animals. Registered members can be found at . The MAA promotes excellence in animal chiropractic care and works hard to develop peer reviewed, scientific evidence of the therapeutic effects of McTimoney treatment on animals working alongside the McTimoney College of Chiropractic.

This webinar provides an hour of CPD for all professionals.

Our speakers:

Nikki Routledge – MSc PGCLT, BSc (Hons) MMAA AHPR

Nikki Routledge is a qualified McTimoney Animal Practitioner who has been treating competitive and pet horses and dogs in South West England for over 18 years. Nikki also enjoys teaching students at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, being able to pass on the knowledge and skills which have given her such a varied and interesting career working with so many animals and their owners, to a new generation of animal chiropractic practitioners. Nikki says “Every day is different and every animal I see is an individual, and that makes my work rewarding…. I hope to continue working and teaching for many years to come”.

Vanessa Davidson – MSc PGCE BSc (Hons) MMAA AHPR

Based in Somerset, Vanessa Davidson is an active McTimoney Animal Practitioner, maintaining a small client base treating primarily horses and dogs. Vanessa has also taught, managed, and written educational programmes over the past 20 years. Vanessa enjoys being involved in the education of practitioners and being able to advocate the importance of maintaining and improving standards in education to ensure the highest quality of work once qualified. Vanessa is also involved in the McTimoney Animal Association with whom practitioners register with upon graduation. Vanessa says: “I am passionate about opportunities for lifelong learning and am dedicated to furthering the presentation of evidence-based research to promote the benefits of the McTimoney technique. I love combining my passion for treating animals with teaching the technique to others”.

About McTimoney Animal Association

McTimoney is a form of chiropractic manipulation used to treat pain and dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system. It predominantly focuses on optimising alignment of the spine and pelvis in order to restore correct function of the skeletal system, nervous system and surrounding soft tissue. The technique is non-invasive and gentle and is readily accepted by animals. The treatment aims to resolve dysfunction and balance the animal’s musculoskeletal system, restoring health and movement, soundness, and performance.

For more information on this free to attend, online event and to reserve your place please go to:

If you would like to know more about how to train as a McTimoney Animal Practitioner, please visit the McTimoney College of Chiropractic at

For more information on the McTimoney Animal Association and to find a practitioner near you go to

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