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Spotting the Subtle Signs of Pain and Poor Performance - Getting into Prevention and Support Mode

12 Apr 2021 19:30 - 21:00

An online presentation by Dr Esther L. Skelly Smith BVMedSci(Hons) BVM BVS PCAC MRCVS

Monday, 12 April 2021

7.30pm to 9pm

Cost: £10 

(All profits will be donated to the BHS Coronavirus Appeal to assist with the welfare of horse and ponies owned by BHS Approved Riding Schools)

What are the subtle signs of poor performance and discomfort?
What is our horse telling us?
What can we do to prevent or reduce the onset of lameness?
How an integrative/whole horse approach may help?
When should I call the vet, chiropractor, dentist, saddler or farrier?

Dr Esther Skelly Smith will take us through the thought process, increasing our understanding and awareness.

A question and answer session will be available at the end of the presentation.

This event will take place over Zoom. 

Instructions on how to join will be emailed to attendees in advance of the event. 

Continual Professional Development (CPD)
This training session will count as 1.5 hours of CPD for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches, 1 CPD point for Horse Sport Ireland Coaches.

The information contained will be important for all equestrians and will benefit those preparing for all levels of BHS Stages Qualifications, BHS Challenge Awards, Pony Club Tests.

Book and pay for your place here 


About: Dr Esther Skelly-Smith BVMedSci(Hons) BVM BVS PCAC GPCert(WVA&CPM) MRCVS: 
Esther graduated from Nottingham Vet School in 2012 and commenced working with the world-renowned Dr Sue Dyson in in Newmarket. She identified a gap in veterinary services provided in Northern Ireland and in 2017 Esther launched Shanaghan Veterinary Services. This is Ireland’s first equine veterinary referral service dedicated to providing an integrated approach to the veterinary treatment and care of horses. This includes preliminary lameness evaluation, veterinary acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, equine dentistry, chronic pain management, sport horse performance management, rehabilitation and laser therapy. Esther saw the need for a more integrated approach to veterinary medicine to improve horse performance and welfare. She was also awarded the Women In Business NI Award for Outstanding Innovation 2019.


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