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:

  • Certificate of Equine Practice in 1992
  • Certificate of Equine Surgery in 1996
  • Diploma of Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 1999
  • Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001

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.

Dental Referrals – Equine Dental Clinic

Chris Pearce – CertEM(IntMed) CertES(SoftTissue) BAEDT MRCVS

Chris has considerable experience in equine dentistry at all levels. He has post-graduate qualifications in internal
medicine and surgery and was the first vet in the UK to also qualify as an equine dental technician (EDT) in 2001. Since then Chris has developed a wide referral client base for advanced and surgical equine dental conditions.

Chris teaches, lectures and examines widely on equine
dentistry in the UK and worldwide. He is past chairman of the BEVA/BVDA examining committee for EDT exams, past BEVA Council representative for equine dentistry, chairman of the BEVA Dental Working Party for political aspects relating to dentistry – and winner of the coveted Pet Plan Vet of the Year Award for 2011, an achievement that the judges awarded in recognition of Chris’s work in equine dentistry and the beneficial effect on equine welfare.

Chris is dedicated to advancing the science of equine
dentistry and is particularly interested in novel restorative and preservative treatments. This has placed Chris at the forefront of equine dentistry worldwide.

Referrals can be arranged for:

  • Oroscopic examination with digital image and video recording
  • Sinoscopy of problem sinus cases
  • Periodontal disease – diastema management including widening and interproximal bridging
  • Dental extractions – standing oral, oroscopically guided and minimally invasive techniques
  • Surgical treatments – fronto-nasal flaps, trephinations and transbuccal and transcortical extractions
  • Cavity restorations – infundibular caries, other hypoplastic defects e.g. incisor enamel hypoplasia
  • Endodontic therapy – pulp caps for e.g. fractured incisors, cheek tooth occlusal and apical root canal therapy

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 www.equinespinaltherapy.co.uk or call Holly on 07739 560 057