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Specialist consultants

Spring Paddocks Equine Clinic has regular visiting in house consultant Veterinary Surgeons that aid us in various cases, such as internal medicine cases that may require in full cardiac assessment etc.

Orthopaedics (inc. arthroscopy)

Donnington Grove - referral services

Bruce Bladon BVM&S Cert EP DESTS Dipl ECVS MRCVS

Bruce Bladon qualified as a vet from Edinburgh University in 1988.  He spent one year in mixed practice in Hertfordshire and three years in equine practice with Endell Veterinary Group in Salisbury, before joining Blackman & O'Gorman (as it was then) in 1992.  In 1995 he left to undertake a residency training in equine surgery at the University of Bristol, and he rejoined O'Gorman Slater and Main after the three year position. He has several post graduate qualifications:

He has been a RCVS registered specialist in Equine Surgery since 2000.

Bruce's passion has been equine surgery and surgical disease of the horse.  He has presented the results of this work extensively, at scientific meetings throughout the UK and the world. He was a keynote speaker at the South African Equine Veterinary Association conference in 2008 and has presented at the British Equine Veterinary Association conference and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons congress on many occasions. He has published widely as well, including in the respected peer reviewed journals Equine Veterinary Journal and Veterinary Surgery.

Equine Spinal Therapist

Holly Blackmore

Holly is a self-employed McTimoney-Corley Equine Spinal Therapist working in Warwickshire and all surrounding counties. Both yard visits and clinics at Spring Paddocks Equine Clinic are available.


Spinal Therapy is a whole body therapy comprising of both manipulation techniques and soft tissue/muscle release which, when used with veterinary approval, can alleviate a wide range of problems including:

  • Back pain
  • Reduced performance
  • Asymmetry
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint problems
  • Stiffness
  • Nerve impingements
  • Intermittend lameness
  • Flattening over jumps
  • Reluctance to collect and maintain an outline
  • Aggressive behaviour such as bucking
  • Sensitivity to tack
  • Post trauma injuries

A treatment includes:

  • Trot up and physical examination. This may also include the horse being lunged, spun in a tight circle and backed
  • A full body examination to assess potential problems with any of the musculoskeletal system
  • Full treatment using; manual manipulation, muscle release, stretching and massage
  • Possible use of intrasound machine
  • Advice on exercise routines and remedial exercises that can be done at home to improve and maintain the horse's way of going. This may include ridden and ground based exercises - you will be given a sheet detailing these. Disounts are offered for groups of 3 or more horses (so a treatment could be as little as £30, depending on your area) so it is an ideal opportunity for yards to book horses to be treated together.

For more information please see or call Holly on 07739 560 057

Surgical laser

A surgical laser consists of a beam of coherent monochromatic light with minimal divergence, which passes through a silicon or quartz fiber. A diode laser is created by producing charge across two slabs of semi conductor material.

Surgical lasers can cut very precisely leading to increased surgical precision with good haemostasis and less post operative swelling e.g.debulking skin tumours. The power or wattage of the machine can be increased depending on the procedure employed.

Surgical lasers are particularly useful for debulking skin tumours, such as sarcoids and certain conditions of the upper respiratory tract.

Complications of laser surgery include collateral thermal damage - scatter and heat transfer to adjacent tissue, which is reduced by using the contact method.

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