Uplifting horse and rider to their highest level of performance as happy & healthy athletes

Contributing to the welfare of horse and rider on a bigger scale

Cutting down the gap between research and practice


October 2019

Isn’t autumn just wonderful. The most ideal period to work with horses. We’re switching the focus in the racing competition seasons now, as the national hunt horses are all in now and most of the flat racehorses are enjoying there rest period now. Oh yes, periodisation is a big thing for equine athletes as well. However, some of the flat racehorses that started there season a bit later this year did the most amazing job this month, together with some promising national hunters just tuning in their new season. Grace Harris is reported in the top… performing race trainers this month, with 27% winners of her racers! So proud of these champions and proud to belong to their team๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ†๐Ÿฅ‡

Besides the racehorses, Equilibro spend a lot of time at Hartpury again, starting with some new big research ideas… And, not too forget, we joined the inspiring and engaging Equine Sports Science Seminar, organised by Centaur Biomechanics. With the renown ‘bone lady/ dissection expert’ Sharon May-Davies and the biomechanics hero Russell McGuire, this day was one of my favorite of the year! This seminar is organised rvery year, so keep your eyes open for the one of 2020…๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ“š

And then, last but not least, we’re finishing off this month nowhere else than in NEW YORK! I am very proud to announce that my very precious own twin sister, Annakin Deckers, is running the marathon there on the 3th of November. And I am the lucky physio/ sister to join her๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ€ so all fingers crossed for a good run for Annakin next Sunday๐Ÿคž๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ—ฝ

Hope you all had a good month too, and we wish you all succes, happiness and bliss in November 2019!

September 2019

The end of another month and the start of autumn and its beauty. I hope you all had a very fulfilling summer and are now back in working/ academic routines. Anyhow, so are we. It was great to return to Hartpury to start a new Academic year, to hear about new exciting research projects, to return to my english friends and, last but absolutely not least, to see my English and Norwegian equilibro clients again. September 2019 brought five big highlights to Equilibro, which I am happy to share with you.

Highlight 1. The winners on the first spot right? Mabo gave race trainer Grace Harris a very impressive win this month and I am honoured to call myself Mabo’s physiotherapist. This handsome some made the whole team so proud on this day and we’re all much looking forward to his future performances!๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽ

Highlight 2. Another collaboration came into the life of Equilibro this month as well… You might have seen something about this exciting news on our blog and it is for sure a big highlight. Equilibro will now join the new platform ‘L’ Equitation by Linn’, on which you will have weekly posts on their blog and will find announcements on their high level and engaging equine events. This platform will furthermore allow you to reach equine experts for any of you daily equine life doubts and questions. I definitely recommend to keep an eye on this platform… ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘

Highlight 3. The clients database of Equilibro grew again this month. Beside the top athletes at Grace Harris Racing and the most charming horses at equine rehabilitation centre Semb Hovedgard, we had to opportunity to meet and work with new clients including a spanish stallion (bucket listโœ”๏ธ), several Ovrevoll Gallop Thoroughbreds and several committed horse riders. Pleased to have been able to contribute to their welfare and looking forward to seeing them again.

Highlight 4. With the team of our big watertreadmill research project, we managed to finish the second data collection phase. This project aims to explore the long term effects of the water treadmill training on equine athletes and is a collaboration between the Animal Health Trust team, Hartpury University and Centaur Biomechanics. Thorough veterinary examination, limb movements, spinal movements (with Qualisys high speed cameras) and gait asymmetry (with Equigait inertial motion sensors) are all explored thoroughly in this project. Can’t wait to analyse these very interesting results!

Highlight 5. By starting my last MSc year as Veterinary Physiotherapy student, I am starting my own thesis as well. To me, this is just the unique opportunity to realize a research project of own choice supervised by a real equine physio idol of mine, Gillian Tabor, and to expand the evidence-based knowledge on equine physiotherapeutic interventions. It took me a while to define the topic as there are just so many that I would love to explore! But in the end, you know I love the kinesiotapes… So we’ll be exploring the effects of a postural adjusting taping method on the kinematics of sport horses. You will definitely hear a lot about the process of this research project in the near future. ๐ŸŽ

July 2019

Equilibro is currently exploring the Norwegian equine industry. Ending up at the most beautiful equine rehabilitation centre ‘Semb Hovedgard’, we can say we discovered a piece of horse heaven on earth. We’ll keep you updated on our progress!

Linn Olafsen – director and main trainer at Semb Hovedgard