Dr Melanie Quick has a vast collection of unique skills geared toward maximising horse performance. She is a lameness veterinarian, farrier, animal chiropractor, acupuncturist, saddle fitter and also a talented horse trainer.
Due to an obsession with achieving Olympic level performance in her own horses, she worked and trained with the best lameness veterinarian in the country at Flemington Racecourse, and she has travelled all over Australia studying the movement and hooves of shod, barefoot horses and Brumbies. Consequently she has reviewed over 12,000+ horses from a gait and hoof perspective with the specific aim towards assessing how their hoof form has affected the quality of their movement. As a result of so thoroughly studying such vast numbers of hooves and their movement, Dr Quick has isolated the causes of hoof and leg related lameness, and can achieve exceptional results in rehabilitating lame horses, particularly those others have had little success with. Her skill at identifying and solving the real issue with chronic back problems is also quite remarkable.
Dr Quick mentors and teaches hoof trimming to owners, professional trimmers and veterinarians, and many horses with chronic lameness are successfully rehabilitated with Dr Quick’s knowledge. It’s not uncommon for horses who’ve been lame for quite a few months to years to become sound and able to return to work within minutes of being treated by Dr Quick. Dr Quick has also had an intensive riding career, training horses to Grand Prix level dressage and she competed heavily at State level Eventing, Jumping and Dressage Championships, in addition to being a horse breaker for the past 35 years. This wealth of riding and training experience when combined with her vast performance related veterinary skill set, allows her to effortlessly identify if problems during training are related to pain or confusion.