JENT (Jenkins Equine Neurophysiologic Therapy)
Jenkins Equine Neurophysiologic Therapy identifies and releases subclinical fascial (connective tissue) distortions, which will prevent your horse from performing to the best of its ability.
JENT will address fascial distortions which otherwise may lead to poor performance and, over time, possibly to unsoundness, it will improve overall health and wellbeing. The horse becomes more willing, happier and increases in suppleness and strength.
With JENT, postural and compensatory issues are resolved, therefore preventing more serious problems. Some of the injuries JENT addresses happen in paddock/stable incidents, galloping on heavy tracks, heavy falls, casting or injuries to the tubercoxae (by hitting it on a stable door) and are much more common than owners are aware of. The ridden horse does not become lame, but may change behaviour, not be as willing in its work, not as happy in itself.
After a period of time the horse seems better but not quite the same as before. This indicates that the injury is no longer acute but now chronic. Often the range of motion is never the same as it once was and the horse’s flexion may not be the same, it may not be as forward and still not as willing as before. The issues will lead to a change of posture and, over time, are the cause of compensation issues throughout the body.
Because some fascial distortions are caused in paddock incidents, foals and young horses are also affected. Foals may stop thriving and growing as well as they normally would.
How much these distortions affect the horse is especially noticeable in young horses, just starting their ridden work. Once addressed many “green horse” issues are much improved. The horse is naturally straighter and more balanced. Initial training becomes much easier.
Whilst improvements can usually be seen very quickly over the first 3 sessions, at times longstanding issues need subsequent sessions. Maintenance sessions will avoid new acute injuries turning into chronic problems and will prevent compensation issues returning.
Photonic Red Light therapy assists the horse's general wellbeing by stimulating acupoints (needleless acupuncture), as well as helping with many illnesses and conditions. It is also used for pain relief and healing on painful soft tissue joints and wounds etc.
Owners are often given instructions in acupoint stimulation to help their horses between sessions or to help address an issue that may need ongoing attention until the horse can be reassessed.
Myofascial Release and Photonic Red Light Therapy are two modalities used with JENT. Other modalities applied may be Massage, Veterinary Orthopaedic Neural Integration Technology (VONIT) and Class II Low Level Laser, depending on the individual case and the practitioner. Hoof balance and saddle fit will also be discussed and addressed.
Jenkins Equine Neurophysiologic Therapy identifies and releases subclinical fascial (connective tissue) distortions, which:
Prevent your ridden horse from performing to the best of its ability.
Stop foals and young horses from growing well and thriving.
Make the starting under saddle process and initial training much more difficult.
Most soft tissue injuries do not make the horse lame, the ridden horse:
Becomes unwilling in its work.
Shows some unevenness.
Is just “not right”.
History of JENT
Dianne Jenkins owned her own equestrian centre for many years. Whilst she was breeding, riding and competing clients‘ horses, as well as her own, she started to notice changes in horses, often after an incident in the paddock, fall in the float, becoming cast in a stable etc.
Horses would avoid being caught, became resistant in their work to the point of playing up, others would soldier on but were clearly no longer comfortable.
Dianne made it her goal to find the reason for these changes, which are commonly regarded as training issues or the horse simply not being “quite right“, yet never lame.
After being introduced to soft tissue therapy, Dianne developed JENT’s unique system of assessing and addressing the issues that are the cause why horses of all ages and disciplines do not perform to their true ability.
Today Dianne works and teaches overseas as well as Australia.
For more information about Dianne’s and JENT’s history please visit: www.jent.net.au