About IERFC

We are excited and proud to announce that we are the first equine water treadmill with an incline available for use by the public in Ireland

The IERFC is a Bespoke purpose built state of the art rehabilitation and fitness centre in Lisburn, Co. Antrim. As we open the first equine water treadmill with optional incline open to the public in Ireland, we hope to revolutionise Irish equine rehabilitation.

 

Our goal is to provide care to the highest standards and give our tranquil setting as the ideal place for your horse to relax and recover. Our top class care is specialised for horses that require rehabilitation, convalescent care or fitness work. 

 

To ensure every need of your horse is met with excellent care and facilities, we work alongside a team of excellent vets, chiropractor, dentist and farrier as we aim to help aid recovery and maintain soundness and fitness.

  • Full rehabilitation service designed to cater for horses requiring:

    • A treatment program tailored for your horses specific needs

    • A preventative measure to increase and maintain fitness whilst reducing risk of mechanical trauma to joints and soft tissue throughout the competitive season

  • Care for horses needing;

    •  Box rest and recuperation

    • Post-operative care

    • Fitness programmes

  • Catering for both visiting day patients as well as providing short and long term residential services.

Who We Are
What We Offer
About Aquatic Rehabilitation

Aquatic rehabilitation has long been recognised as having beneficial effects. It is a safe and effective treatment option for managing primary musculoskeletal injuries whilst reducing or limiting harmful compensatory gait abnormalities.

 

Excersing in water provides an effective medium for increasing joint mobility, promoting normal patterns of movement, whist reducing the risk of developing secondary compensatory musculoskeletal injuries caused by primary conditions.

 

The enhancement in muscle strength and function whilst decreasing stress and loading of the joints can significantly improve balance, poor motor control and discomfort typically found in horses with osteoarthritic changes.

The ECB water treadmill can also offer power and endurance training without the influence of the rider and is therefore a very effective tool in both maintaining and increasing fitness and performance

Meet the Team

Fiona FitzGibbon, BSc
Managing Director

Fiona has a BSc Honours Degree in Equine Management. In this degree, Fiona gained a wealth of knowledge in equine rehabilitation, equine fitness, equine nutrition, equine anatomy, business management and industry awareness. She is a fully qualified horse sport Ireland level 1 coach, which qualifies her to coach horse riding at all levels. 

 

Following graduation, Fiona worked at a local veterinary clinic which specialised in both equine and small animals. She continued to expand her experience through working in international event yards in England and in several racing yards in Ireland which ran Point to Point, National Hunt and Flat horses. In every position, Fiona was involved in the day to day care and management of the horses, including their fitness work and the treatment of any sustained injuries.

 

Having owned, managed and produced a competition yard and competed as an event rider, Fiona has first-hand experience of what it takes to get top level competition horses to peak fitness condition and also the necessary procedures to keep them sound during their intensive work program. She works closely with owners, other trainers, and professionals such as chiropractors, farriers, and dietary experts to ensure each horse is produced to the very best of their ability.

BSc (Hons) Chiro, PgCert, MLL, LCC (Animal)

Doctor of Chiropractic
(Qualified Human and Animal Chiropractor)

Helen graduated from the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic at the University of Glamorgan in 2004 and is also qualified in Veterinary Chiropractic and completed her post graduate exams in Animal chiropractic in August 2012. She has also treated a variety of other animals including alpacas, cows and pygmy goats.

 

Helen is also a member of the College of Chiropractors animal and human faculty. She is a member of the British Veterinary Chiropractic Association (BVCA) which is only granted to qualified veterinarians (registered with RCVS) or chiropractors (registered with GCC) upon successful completion of approved veterinary chiropractic postgraduate training followed by successful completion of an independent certification examination by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). Both organisations set high standards for their members who must adhere to a strict Code Of Practice and Ethics.

Learn more about Helen at Worthington Chiropractic.

6 Aghalee road,

Lower Ballinderry,

Lisburn

BT282JN

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