Pivot Point Equine Blog

Welcome to our Pivot Point Equine blog! This blog will cover the life, thoughts, ideas, etc., of the Pearson family—Chris, Beck, Emma, and Gracie Pearson. We will be sharing our wins, losses, trials, and tribulations! Of course, you’ll also see information about our equine rehab techniques and applications, industry news, and other topics. Thanks for coming along for the crazy ride of life; we hope you enjoy!

PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field): What the Research Shows

I am always open for new ideas and ways to help injured people and animals, but after I had first heard of PEMF, I was a little skeptical. So my physical therapist mind kicked in and thought I would “single handedly disprove this modality!” My initial thought is that it was just another “gimmick” or sham machine being sold by a slick salesman. But what I am finding out, as I do my research of clinical studies, research articles, and my own practical experience with PEMF, is that it is a…

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Tax Tips for Rodeo

As Pivot Point Equine has been growing, I have been trying to expand the equine side of our businesses and trying to make it more profitable (yes, many of you are laughing right now about the thought of horses being profitable). But with profitability comes the inevitable tax burden. I remember being told for years that horse expenses are not tax deductible, but this was when it was strictly a hobby, so I decided to reach out to our friend Deb Cox, who knows both taxes and rodeo, to help answer…

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What Is My Horse So Grumpy About?

This month’s Pivot Point Equine Rehab blog addresses some signs of underlying issues that we need to address for our horses to feel their best. We know a horse, or human, cannot compete at their best, if they don’t feel their best. I decided to do things a little different this month with a Q & A with a trusted vet from this region. Dr. John Lawton, DVM of Overton Veterinary Services, was kind enough to answer my questions in regards to my “Grumpy Gelding.”

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Creating a “Bigger Vision” and Setting Yourself Up to Achieve it

Welcome to 2020! The new year brings new hope that life will somehow be better than last year. That the next year will bring us “peace, joy, and prosperity.” It is a chance to turn the page on your life and make changes for the better. People often make new year’s resolutions about weight loss, exercise, and financial freedom or paying off debt. The local gym is crowded in January, but by February 1st, the number of people still going is cut by half. So why can’t these people stick with the resolutions they were just so excited about a few weeks ago? I believe it is that the pain of where they currently are, is not more than…

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Jill's Story

This is Jill’s story as told by her owner, Ashley Wells. “Becky has been helping me get my mare Jill back to feeling great. I have struggled with Jill in her withers and her hips. She isn’t very big and was ranch horse before she was barrel horse. That means long days, dragging calves, roping, stiff in the pasture, etc. So it’s no surprise that she was…

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Butch's Story

Great horses are often great in many phases of their lives. “Fast N Furrious” or Butch is one of those great horses. Not because of what he did with us as much as looking at his life so far. He was in the winners circle many times as a successful race horse, with a speed index of 103. Last summer this gentle giant had to have stifle surgery. It broke my heart, because he had been…

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The Trials and Tribulations of Competing and Keeping Your Horse Working

We just finished the first part of summer and the 4th of July runs. This busy time of the year can get overwhelming if we let it, but we have to keep things in perspective, and what are the goals we have set for ourselves and how do we achieve them? And if we don’t achieve them, does it mean the end of the world? Usually not. If we didn’t achieve the goals, why didn’t we? Was it that the horse needs some more tuning and training? Do we need more tuning and training on ourselves? Or is our horse hurting and he can’t give us everything he can? It usually is a combination of all of the above. In my opinion, we have to remember why we are out there competing. Is it our hobby? A way to blow off steam and escape from…

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The Role of Massage Therapy in Equine Health

Massage has been used for therapeutic purposes on both humans and animals since the beginning of time. The benefits have been documented in our earliest cultures from the Egyptians to the Greeks and Romans. As medicine progressed and developed “miracle drugs,” the art of the manual therapy has decreased, with people often opting for the “quick fix” of popping a pill instead of the manual work of massage or manual therapy. The great news is that …

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Do You Have the Winter Blues?

Why not make a good off-season plan for your horse and do some goal setting? Today it is the end of January and so many of my horse friends are flooding Facebook and Instagram with their distaste for the long cold winter days and nights that hit us this time of year. It is very difficult to ride like we want to when the temperatures are below freezing and the snow drifts are high. So, what can we do besides complain? I am a firm believer that if you are unhappy with your situation, do something about it! 

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Rider Fitness: Are You Holding Up Your Part of the Team?

How many times have you thought, “I don’t need to work out because I ride horses, clean stalls, carry hay bales, feed bags…” Lets be honest, most of us riders have said that justifying our lack of extra effort to become more physically fit. We expect our horses to be finely conditioned athletes; why do we not expect this of ourselves? Simply put…because it isn’t easy. There is no easy button to push or magic pill to take to get us fit. YOU AND YOUR HORSE need to be in great shape if you expect great things!

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