THE Irish Equine Rehabilitation and Fitness Centre (IERFC) is proud to open its doors and ask you to join them to celebrate its official opening on September 29 at 2pm. The IERFC will be providing treadmill demonstrations to help explain how their ECB Water Treadmill works and to provide details of the benefits it can provide for assisting fitness, as well as aiding rehabilitation in horses. In addition, they will introduce both their facilities and the team who care for your horses when they visit for either day sessions or on residential livery.
The IERFC has grown from the vision and determination of Fiona Fitzgibbon, with the help of her investors, into a reality. Providing a comprehensive service for fitness and rehabilitation and the development of a state of the art bespoke building, containing Ireland’s first equine water treadmill with incline open to the public. Alongside the treadmill, there is a fully matted wash bay and treatment area, housing a solarium and airy American-style barn stabling, which boasts individual rehabilitation turnout paddocks sporting an award-winning anti concussion surface. They also have a 40×25 metre arena, again with concussion absorbing surface, for both ridden and lunge work.
Fiona has spent time with one of the equine industries renowned treadmill specialists, Dr Nankervis, who set up the UK’s premier Equine Therapy Centre at Hartpury and who oversees the teaching and research activity within the centre on physical therapy and the application of hydrotherapy. She has also received training in one of Portugal’s leading veterinary practices, which specialises in lameness issues and utilises a water treadmill as an integral part of its rehabilitation and fitness programmes. In the USA, Europe and England, the application of the water treadmill has increasingly been used over the past decade as an integral part of the training regime, covering all disciplines from dressage to eventing to the racehorse and hobby owner alike.
The water treadmill provides a platform for exercise that works extensively on the cardiovascular system, whilst building and repairing tendons, ligaments and increasing muscle strength. As a result of reducing the loading of painful or healing structures, this can reduce the risk of developing secondary muscle spasm, joint stiffness and the development of muscle wastage and compensatory gait abnormalities. The ECB water treadmill can also offer power and endurance training without the influence of the rider and is therefore a very effective tool in both maintaining and increasing fitness and performance.
To ensure every need of your horse is met with excellent care, the IERFC believes that the care and advice offered should always be inclusive of the horse’s existing team, including your vet, chiropractor, physiotherapist, dentist, farrier and nutritionist.
Their vision is to revolutionise the equine rehabilitation and fitness of our horses within the province by providing care to the highest standards. The tranquil setting is the ideal place for your horse to relax and recover. Their top-class care is specialised for horses that require rehabilitation, convalescent care or fitness work.
If you would like to view the bespoke facilities, watch a water treadmill demonstration and meet the team, then join them at the IERFC open day on September 29 at 2pm.