Kyla Awes, D.C., started providing chiropractic care at the Piper Clinic beginning August 14.
Appointments should be made through Dr. Awe's office (952-406-2780).
Read the following testimonial from one of our joint clients:
The object of Dressage is the development of the Horse into a happy Athlete through harmonious education. As a result, it makes the Horse calm, supple, loose and flexible, but also confident, attentive and keen, thus achieving perfect understanding with the Athlete.
FEI Rules for Dressage Events, Article 401: Object and General Principles of Dressage
The achievement of this objective requires the combined efforts of a team of professionals. Much the same way human professional athletes require a team of coaches, doctors, physical and massage therapists, and supportive families, a successful equine athlete requires the combined efforts of trainers, veterinarians, farriers, other therapists such as chiropractors, masseuses, and acupuncturists, and owners.
As a trainer, the most challenging and common physical problems I encounter are very subtle. A horse may be unable to engage its hindquarters correctly, demonstrate discomfort when asked to push off with one or both hind legs, or collect easily on one side and then struggle on the other. In these types of situations, Kyla is absolutely invaluable. She combines a chiropractor’s knowledge of the mechanics of a horse’s neck, back and pelvis with the feel of a rider and the sharp eye of a trainer. She takes the time to truly understand each horse’s strengths and weaknesses prior to beginning her treatment. As a former professional rider and trainer, she understands the physical and mental demands of training and competition, and she uses this knowledge to recommend stretching and strengthening exercises that will help the horse hold its adjustment and maintain a strong and flexible back.
Kyla shares my belief that a horse can only perform at its best when supported by a team of knowledgeable professionals. When she feels that a horse’s issues cannot be addressed through chiropractic care alone, she is quick to recommend enlisting the help of other experts such as veterinarians, farriers, and saddle fitters. She is always willing to take the time to work directly with other members of a horse’s care team to develop the most comprehensive and effective strategy for managing its well being.
Kyla’s current relationship with the University of Minnesota is particularly valuable. For many years, I have felt that Dr. Ernst is the best lameness vet I have ever used. To be able to come to a single location and have two of the most knowledgeable and analytical doctors available work together in the evaluation and treatment of horses is priceless in the treatment of subtle physical problems before they interfere significantly with a horse’s training program or develop into more serious or chronic problems. Most importantly, both Dr. Awes and Dr. Ernst are true animal lovers, not interested in masking problems for short term success but in truly promoting the long-term well-being of the horses in their care.
Equine athletes need to be at their physical best in order to reap the greatest benefits from their training sessions and to achieve peak performance in the competition arena. The combined expertise of Dr. Kyla Awes and Dr. Nicolas Ernst is invaluable in helping the horses in my program to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health and soundness.
Sara Travis and Sabrina