Science & Equine

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Isabeau Deckers

(Belgium)
MSc. Rehabilitation science and Physiotherapy, graduated cum laude
Basic trainer/ instructor at the NCSAH, graduated cum laude
Research Assistant Equine Performance, Hartpury College (2018-2020)
Student Veterinary Physiotherapy, University of Hartpury (2018-2021)

I grew up amongst horses and literally can’t imagine life without them. The experiences as equestrian in the equine disciplines show jumping, dressage and eventing up too international level, revealed the insights of the equine sport world for me. To widen these, I attained skills as groom/ rider/ instructor/ intern/ volunteer at all kinds of equine events too. Through these practices, I found my passion for equine physiotherapy and all aspects related to it. Consequently, I started studying ‘Rehabilitation Science and Physiotherapy’ at the University of Antwerp, where I finished my MSc in 2018. I devoted my MSc thesis to back pain in the equestrian and that developed my love for research. Currently, I am studying ‘Veterinary Physiotherapy’ at the University of Hartpury.

By these educations and activities, I am chasing after my big dream which is to contribute to the welfare of the sport horse and his equestrian. In particular, I aim to eliminate the gap between the current practice in the training and management of the sport horse and the research in this area. It is my belief that there are still a lot of opportunities to spread the expertise and knowledge of equine experts and Science&Equine is one of these. By common initiatives, we can enhance the performances and welfare of both the rider and his beloved equine athlete up to the highest level!

The development of a new welfare-friendly training method 17 Jul 2019 Biomechanics and training
Welfare of the Racehorse During Training and Racing 11 Jun 2019 Equine athlete management & care
Factors associated with failure of racehorses to perform 22 May 2019 Physiology
The use of inertial sensors in equine gait analysis 28 Apr 2019 Gait analyses
Training load quantification in the equine athlete 03 Apr 2019 Physiology
Injury predictive factors in riding horses 19 Mar 2019 Physiology
How can we assess neck pain in the horse correctly? 02 Mar 2019 Manual therapy
Foot conformation and the duration of competitive life 21 Feb 2019 Biomechanics and pressure
The implications of cervic vertebral malformations in horses 21 Jan 2019 Neck and Back
How to observe the severity of colic 09 Jan 2019 Emergency / urgent care
Wither scratching and neck patting, what about? 28 Dec 2018 Response to training
Rider's stability in a flapless and in a conventional saddle 18 Dec 2018 Saddlery
Performance analysis in equestrian sport 30 Nov 2018 Gait analyses
The use of outcome measures in equine rehabilitation 15 Nov 2018 Other
Water and land treadmills for rehabilitation and performance 31 Oct 2018 Exercise therapy
The benefits of whole body vibration for the equine spine 15 Oct 2018 Other
Correlations between olympic scores and equine welfare 07 Oct 2018 Gait analyses
The challenges of veterinarians in sport horses' welfare 19 Sep 2018 Other
The benefits of equine learning and psychology in training 11 Sep 2018 Response to training
Days-lost to training in relation to workload in sporthorses 12 Aug 2018 Biomechanics and training