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Marly Coppens

BSc Physiotherapy
Ultrasonographist (MSU)
BSc Animal Physiotherapy (2016-2018)

Founder and CEO

As a physiotherapist I am very interested in everything that moves the human being. In the last few years I have gained knowledge about the working of the human body in terms of anatomy, physiology, neurology and additionally the psychology behind this movement.

However horses have been my greatest passion throughout my whole life. In the Netherlands I worked with dressage horses competing on Grand Prix level and during my physiotherapy affiliation period in Sydney I was a stable hand for John Sargent, who is one of the leading trainers in Australia’s race industry.

To optimise diagnoses and treatment of the equine athlete they need evidence based care, just like other top athletes. Therefor I believe it is of great importance to spread knowledge. Through this website I will inform and inspire you about the latest scientific research in equine medicine.

The activity of horses turned out at pasture using Trackener 11 Mar 2019 Living environment
The effect of magnetic blankets on horses 05 Dec 2018 First Aid
The check ligament of the deep flexor tendon in the hindlimb 20 Apr 2018 Fetlock, Tendons & Carpus
Effects of saddle pads on pressure beneath a fitting saddle 15 Mar 2018 Saddlery
A closer look to the lower back and pelvis of the sporthorse 08 Mar 2018 Pelvis
An equine pain face 02 Jan 2018 Social behavior
Injuries of the superficial digital flexor tendon 13 Dec 2017 Fetlock, Tendons & Carpus
Diagnosis of upper respiratory tract diseases in sporthorses 07 Dec 2017 Internal medicine
Muscle fibre type of the thoracolumbar and hindlimb regions 27 Nov 2017 Physiology
Effect of dynamic exercises on cervical mobility 17 Nov 2017 Exercise therapy
A case of Equine motor neuron disease (EMND) 30 Oct 2017 Internal medicine
Striding horse by Patrick O'Reilly 09 Oct 2017 Art & Design
Shivering in a Thoroughbred mare 06 Sep 2017 Surgery and lameness
Rupture of the peroneus tertius tendon in 27 horses 04 Sep 2017 Surgery and lameness
Effects of stretches on stride length and ROM in trot 31 Jul 2017 Exercise therapy
Key elements of equine back rehabilitation 26 Jul 2017 Articles
Ossification in the shoulder region and hopping-type lamenes 21 Jul 2017 Shoulder and Elbow
Water and electrolyte balance in hot and humid conditions 23 Jun 2017 Nutrition
The use of the technology in equestrian sports, cure or care 06 Jun 2017 Influence of the rider
Pain control in horses: What do we really know? 25 May 2017 Other
Variations of the Nuchal Ligament Lamellae 15 May 2017 Neck and Back
Radiographic study of the caudal cervical facet joints 12 May 2017 Neck and Back
Saddle fit and management 28 Apr 2017 Saddlery
Early mobilization after injury in equine rehabilitation 19 Apr 2017 Exercise therapy
Tissue temperature response to hot and cold therapy 27 Mar 2017 Other
Effect of a bandage or tendon boot on skin temperature 20 Mar 2017 Physiology
Chronic back pain and aggression in horses 17 Mar 2017 Social behavior
Posture as indicator of back pain in horses 08 Mar 2017 Manual therapy
The equine neck and its function during locomotion (4) 06 Feb 2017 Gait analyses
The equine neck and its function during locomotion (3) 22 Jan 2017 Gait analyses
Gymnastic training and mobilization exercises in therapy horses 08 Jan 2017 Exercise therapy
The equine neck and its function during locomotion (2) 07 Dec 2016 Gait analyses
The equine neck and its function during locomotion (1) 07 Nov 2016 Gait analyses
Effects of laser therapy compared to cortisone on arthritis 10 Oct 2016 Other
Effect of physiotherapy to postural control of horse riders 18 Sep 2016 Rider fitness
Stretching exercises for horses: Are they effective? 04 Sep 2016 Exercise therapy
Osteoarthritis early detection by studying synovial fluid 30 Aug 2016 Surgery and lameness
Diet and nutrient intakes among elite show jumpers 22 Aug 2016 Nutrition
Ultrasound compared to anatomopathological findings of fetlock 22 Aug 2016 Fetlock, Tendons & Carpus
Responses of various breeds to initial training period 07 Aug 2016 Response to training
Effects on rein tension on horses ridden with martingales 29 Jul 2016 Influence of the rider
Echogenicity of metacarpal tendons and ligaments in foals 24 Jul 2016 Fetlock, Tendons & Carpus
Radiographic study of bit position within the horse’s mouth 15 Jul 2016 Bit fitting
Horse-rider interaction in dressage riding 11 Jul 2016 Rider fitness
Dietary approaches pre-operative to laparoscopic surgery 06 Jul 2016 Internal medicine
Lying behavior in horses in relation to box size 29 Jun 2016 Living environment
Patellar ligament splitting for delayed patellar release 26 Jun 2016 Surgery and lameness
Lameness examination and effect of lunging on body movements 06 Jun 2016 Gait analyses
Body condition of broodmares and the effect on reproduction 02 Jun 2016 Mare management
The role of thoracic limb muscles in equine locomotion 29 May 2016 Shoulder and Elbow
Functional specialisation of pelvic limb anatomy in horses 29 May 2016 Pelvis
Digital cryotherapy and decreased laminitis in horses 23 May 2016 Biomechanics and pressure
Trailering problems in horses 18 May 2016 Loading and transport
M. Cutaneus Trunci in relation to saddle and girt 18 May 2016 Saddlery
Influence of the rider on the equine gait 18 May 2016 Influence of the rider
Feasibility for ultrasound-guided injections in horses 18 May 2016 Fetlock, Tendons & Carpus
Kinesio taping fundamentals for the equine athlete 18 May 2016 Taping
Ultrasound diagnosis in spontaneous injury of the AL-SDFT 18 May 2016 Fetlock, Tendons & Carpus