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Bertrand Franquet

The shadow man behind the health of Roger-Yves Bost, Julien Epaillard, or Olivier Guillon’s horses, Bertrand Franquet is known for travelling the world aboard his helicopter to provide all the care needed to his beloved athletes. Always on the cutting edge of technology, his expertise took him to the London Olympics as Chile's national team official vet.

Hi Maddy,

In my opinion, combining vet cares and physiotherapy is very important.
Horses are always working: or in daily trainings or in competitions such as dressage,
jumping, eventing shows, horse racing… and, of course, as an elite athlete, we want our
horses to be at the top of their performance skills the longest time possible.
In order to do that the training should incorporate different techniques like an adequate training plan, physiotherapy to help or prevent lesions combined with vet cares : massages, osteopath, laser, shock waves...

Bertrand

Hi Hannah,

The fertility goes down with age (especially if she had no foal for long time). Of course the risks increase with the age because of the articular stress that occur (she will need more time to recover). But some 20 y o horses look like 10 y o horses because they are in good condition. Then if your pony is still in a good general state she can still foal safely.

Bertrand

Hi Daryl,

Yes the diseases are different depending on climates and area management. Animals or insects can transmit diseases, they are called vectors.
Indeed, for examples some insect vectors like mosquitoes or ticks are predominant in hot climates and can transmit parasites. That is why you will find piroplosmosis or Lyme diseases in south of France or Spain, Portugal… We should be aware of variation of diseases because of global warming.

Bertrand

Hi Will,

I would say that there are not big differences but slightly ones.
For example, the approach vary because of economic point of view or variations of diseases depending on countries.
We should adapt our work in different environments.
Some small variation are more individual. They don’t depend on countries but are individual like tips coming often with experiences.
I think we should be open minded on different ways to do something but we should be systematic too. There isn’t just one Right way to work.

Bertrand

Hi Catarina,

Keeping an old horse sound requires a good knowledge of your horse. Indeed, you should be aware of the scale of sensitivity of your horse. You should adapt some cure to support daily your horse for sport as an example : or cartilage cure. You will also choose areas of jumping depending on previous lesions that he probably get (for example you will avoid deep sand ground if he had repetitive tendinitis). There are small obvious tips that we forget easily. You should also increase recovery time between shows although keeping your horse with a daily activity. Taking time to warm your horse with physiotherapy (massage, stretching..) could also help your horse for exercises.

Bertrand

Hi Catarina,

A jumping show requires a huge contribution of different structures of the body. The earlier we start to take care about it, the best recovery will happen.
For tendon and joints recovery my advice will be to alternate the following applicants: clay, cryotherapy(cold water shower, ice), or comfort. A supportive cure for joints or bones could help too.
For muscles recovery: you can give orally or muscle and massage muscles with arnica gel or locally apply or relax.
The general state of the horse is crucial too. The better you know your horse the best recovery will be thanks to the specificity of dietary complement used. Because of the stress imposed by the competition for example, a spirulina cure could be used to support the immunity. Others cures exist and could be interesting depending on the sensitivity of your horse (example of or gastric cure for a horse gastric mucosa sensitivity..).
Don’t forget the mental recovery.. Let your horse eating and drinking ad libitum in comfort silence environment..
But don’t let a horse too long without activity neither…

Bertrand

Hi Caoimhe Sweeney,

Recently yes. In my point of view we should work in team. We can ask them to follow some horses in order to treat regularly with physiotherapy acts. They could propose some therapy that we maybe didn’t think before too.

Bertrand

Hi Catherine,

A jumping show requires a huge contribution of different structures of the body. The earlier we start to take care about it, the best recovery will happen.
For tendon and joints recovery my advice will be to alternate the following applicants: clay, cryotherapy(cold water shower, ice), or comfort. A supportive cure for joints or bones could help too.
For muscles recovery: you can give orally or muscle and massage muscles with arnica gel or locally apply or relax.
The general state of the horse is crucial too. The better you know your horse the best recovery will be thanks to the specificity of dietary complement used. Because of the stress imposed by the competition for example, a spirulina cure could be used to support the immunity. Others cures exist and could be interesting depending on the sensitivity of your horse (example of or gastric cure for a horse gastric mucosa sensitivity..).
Don’t forget the mental recovery.. Let your horse eating and drinking ad libitum in comfort silence environment..
But don’t let a horse too long without activity neither…

Bertrand

Hi Emma,

A jumping show requires a huge contribution of different structures of the body. The earlier we start to take care about it, the best recovery will happen.
For tendon and joints recovery my advice will be to alternate the following applicants: clay, cryotherapy(cold water shower, ice), or comfort. A supportive cure for joints or bones could help too.
For muscles recovery: you can give orally or muscle and massage muscles with arnica gel or locally apply or relax.
The general state of the horse is crucial too. The better you know your horse the best recovery will be thanks to the specificity of dietary complement used. Because of the stress imposed by the competition for example, a spirulina cure could be used to support the immunity. Others cures exist and could be interesting depending on the sensitivity of your horse (example of or gastric cure for a horse gastric mucosa sensitivity..).
Don’t forget the mental recovery.. Let your horse eating and drinking ad libitum in comfort silence environment..
But don’t let a horse too long without activity neither…

Bertrand

Hi Lilly,

A jumping show requires a huge contribution of different structures of the body. The earlier we start to take care about it, the best recovery will happen.
For tendon and joints recovery my advice will be to alternate the following applicants: clay, cryotherapy(cold water shower, ice), or comfort. A supportive cure for joints or bones could help too.
For muscles recovery: you can give orally or muscle and massage muscles with arnica gel or locally apply or relax.
The general state of the horse is crucial too. The better you know your horse the best recovery will be thanks to the specificity of dietary complement used. Because of the stress imposed by the competition for example, a spirulina cure could be used to support the immunity. Others cures exist and could be interesting depending on the sensitivity of your horse (example of or gastric cure for a horse gastric mucosa sensitivity..).
Don’t forget the mental recovery.. Let your horse eating and drinking ad libitum in comfort silence environment..
But don’t let a horse too long without activity neither…

Indeed a good recovery and specific cures will help to keep your horse in good state and avoid lameness. Also, good specific shoes according to your horse are important : “No foot no horse”.
I think another interesting point would be to choose jumping shows according to the grounds surface. If you know that your horse is very sensitive in hard ground you should avoid grass jumping shows which is harder to sand.

Bertrand