It takes a team to rehabilitate and care for horses and at Spring Creek we are proud to work with world class allied health providers. Essential to success is team work and our farriers, physios and vets all work collaboratively to find the best outcomes for horses in our care. We are one of very few rehabilitation providers who have an alliance with a veterinary clinic. The Equine Practice are closely located less than 5kms from us on Maroondah Hwy making drop ins and call outs a breeze!
Find out more about our wonderful team below.
At Spring Creek we work closely with the team at The Equine Practice. TEP is a comprehensive horse veterinary practice, servicing the Yarra Valley and surrounds. Their aim is to provide your horse with the best possible veterinary care. The two partners, Dr Christian Borg and Dr Arnold Hennel, have extensive experience having worked throughout Australia and overseas. They work with horses involved in numerous disciplines including Thoroughbred racing, Standardbred racing, eventing, dressage, polo, pony club, adult riding club and breeding.
Arnold graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999 and went on to work in mixed practice in northern Victoria for several years before returning to the Yarra Valley. On his return he worked alongside Dr Mike Bassett at the Lilydale Veterinary Clinic for a further 2.5 years, taking predominantly equine cases. It was in his next position with Epsom Veterinary Clinic at Caulfield that Arnold was fortunate enough to treat many exceptional racehorses, including a winner of the Caulfield Cup. In 2008, Arnold opened The Equine Practice in partnership Dr Christian Borg
Dr. Christian Borg graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science with Honours in 1996. After graduation from vet school, Christian worked at the Flemington racetrack, working with some of the best trainers and horses in Australia. He then worked in the United Kingdom in numerous equine practices and across Olympic disciplines. Christian worked in the UK during the Foot and Mouth outbreak, where he gained invaluable experience in biosecurity and epidemiology. In January 2008, Christian teamed up with Dr. Arnold Hennel to start The Equine Practice, based in the Yarra Valley. His areas of interest include lameness, eyes and wound management
Will is our regular farrier not only at home but also at competitions. Will is a registered FEI farrier and so you will often see him at the big 3 Day Events around the country. He has trained all over the world, is a member of the master farriers association and loves to work with a vet or physio to get t the bottom of an issue!
My motto is,
‘every horse deserves to feel good, regardless of its job’
The therapies I use are focused on the muscular and skeletal systems. Depending on the problem, I have a few 'tools' at my disposal to treat your horse. The bulk of my work is a form of myofacial trigger point release and I back this up with Deep Oscillation(R) and massage.
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Katrina graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Melbourne in 1997. Following five years of developing her skills working on humans, she followed her grand plan of working with horses and spent four months in the UK training with Chartered Animal Physiotherapists. On returning to Australia, Katrina completed her Masters in Animal physiotherapy at the University of Queensland with honours and has been working primarily with horses for the past 14 years.
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Kentucky Equine Research is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry. The company’s goals are to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, apply that knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses, and support the nutritional care of all horses throughout their life.
Here at Spring Creek we are fortunate to be aligned with KER to provide Nutrition and Research support for all horses under our care. This means first hand access to world leading rehabilitation and nutrition information and best practice feeding and nutrition support.
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Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has become an emerging new technology for treating musculoskeletal problems, soft-tissue injuries and bone injuries in horses. ESWT is non-invasive, used to stimulate healing to return horses to a level of fully sound, useful activity without recurrence of disease.
More about Shockwave here: https://ker.com/equinews/extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy/
Hands-on massage techniques are used for the purpose of increasing circulation, relaxing muscle spasms, relieving tension, enhancing muscle tone, and increasing range of motion in high performance horses.
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The weight and balance of a shoe changes the way a horse moves its leg and foot. This can be corrective, as in shoes that prevent racehorses from hitting one leg with another hoof as they gallop.
Find out more about shoeing here: https://ker.com/equinews/the-hoof-and-its-relation-to-balance-and-soundness/
Equine solariums produce short-wave infrared heat. The same heat produced by the sun with the benefit of Vitamin D3 but without the harmful UV rays. The infrared heat increases the metabolic activity of cells resulting in capillary dilation. This in turn increases blood flow through the body bringing oxygen & nutrients to the cells particularly in the superficial muscles of the horse. This increased circulation also improves muscle elasticity, recovery and health, which helps in the reduction of injuries & speeds up the recovery process,
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Poor performance in three-day-event and other sport horses, like racehorses, can often be linked to more than one cause. In order to pinpoint the most likely reasons, it is important for a veterinarian to adopt a methodical approach to a poor-performance workup.
Find out more about poor performance asessment here: https://ker.com/equinews/poor-performance-sport-horses/
“While there are some methods currently being investigated to better evaluate a horse’s nutritional status, the only reliable means of determining whether your horse is receiving adequate nutrition, including micronutrient intake, is nutritional consultation with a qualified professional,” advised Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.
Find out more about nutrition assessments here: https://ker.com/equinews/consultation-best-way-assess-horses-nutritional-status/
We welcome you to come and watch us train, see the water treadmill in action or have a facility tour. We do request that you contact us, as per below, to make a time though.
776 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream Victoria 3770, Australia