...Our trademarked approach is easy to remember.
OATS stands for Observation, Assessment, Therapy, and Support. The Feeling Your Oats approach includes careful evaluation beforehand, and thorough follow-up afterwards.
O - observation
A - assessment
T - therapy
S - support
Observation includes watching the horse's behavior, noting the particulars of the gait and posture, conformation, and collecting information on all aspects of the horse's life and care (veterinary care, nutrition, hoof care, exercise, training, etc.).
Assessment is a hands-on examination of the horse, from nose to tail, noting hot spots, pressure points, existing injuries, joint range of motion (ROM) and reaction to touch. In some cases, consultation with the horse's veterinarian may be necessary before proceeding.
Therapy is also hands-on, and can include massage, stretching, hydrotherapy, heat therapy, cold laser, infrared light therapy, and close interaction with your horse, usually for about an hour. You may see results after one session. However, we usually recommend multiple sessions at regular intervals for optimum results. We will recommend a schedule of therapy based on your horse's needs and your desired outcome.
Support is the most important part of our process. It includes recommended homecare between therapy sessions. We work with owners to develop a controlled exercise program, and we consult with critical members of the horse's care team (your vet, trainer, equine dentist, farrier, groom, etc.). If you are unable to commit to the recommended homecare for your horse, we can arrange to supervise the horse's care.