Lady Pollyanna’s Pilates for horses hits on a whinnying formula


Lady Pollyanna’s Pilates for horses hits on a whinnying formula

It’s not horsey yoga, and she’s no Robert Redford, but she’s carving out a niche saving traumatised equines

Patrick Sawer

It’s commonly thought that lame horses are destroyed because it’s less cruel than forcing them through the necessary recovery period. In severe cases, such as bad fractures, that holds true, but if at all possible Lady Pollyanna FitzGerald prefers a unique form of treatment – horse Pilates.

And while she certainly looks nothing like Robert Redford – more English counties than Hollywood cowboy – Lady Pollyanna, daughter of the Duke of Leinster, could be regarded as a type of horse whisperer; able to bring traumatised horses back to health by working through a series of what she calls “soft tissue corrective exercises” with the horse.

Using a series of specially designed massages for horses, she manipulates the animal’s soft tissue to help correct problems and imbalances a horse may be experiencing due to repetitive or strenuous activities and trauma...

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