Jamie Setches and the incredible Doc's Sweet Dusty. Still competitive in the cutting pen at 20 years of age.
Jamie Setches has been an Equine Chiropractor and Manipulative Therapist for over 30 years. He uses various forms of natural therapy to diagnose and cure ailments such as lameness, muscle injuries, metabolic and health issues in horses.
Jamies love of horses began when he was very young and horses were used for work on his fathers cattle stud. Later on Jamie played polo and enjoyed owning his own string of polo horses as well as breeding and showing stud Devon cattle. These days he enjoys the sport of cutting and loves the adrenalin rush of sitting on a cutting horse. His own horse, Doc's Sweet Dusty is still a competitive cutting horse at the age of 20 years old. Jamie began as an equine chiropractor under the tutorship of renowned equine chiropractor, the late Tom Simmons. During his time with Tom, Jamie realised that although manipulation got amazing results, some of the horses he was called to treat needed more than manipulation. Many horses that showed up lame were found to have soreness in muscles due to tearing or bruising. Jamie decided that there must be a way to treat muscle injuries in horses quickly and effectively so he set out on a quest to find a method to do this.
His keen interest in the makeup of the horse, it's structure and physiology led him to look further into equine anatomy and to attend at an abattoirs with a friend who was a veterinary surgeon. Together, they would dissect sections of a horse so Jamie could study soft tissue injuries and spinal structure first hand. This study was invaluable and gave him an insight into what lies beneath the skin of a horse. This led him to increase his skills in diagnosing lameness and develop his own unique method of repairing soft tissue injuries with the use of Faradic Muscle Stimulation and Ultrasound along with the study of herbal and natural therapies such as Photonic Therapy to assist in the holistic treatment of horses.
During his travels Jamie met and became friends with Anne, who was the leading naturopath at Blackmores. A fascination with the effects that herbal remedies had on horses led them to travel together doing consultations and developing their own herbal mixtures for a range of problems such as nerves, hormonal, digestive and metabolic. Anne and Jamie sourced human grade herbs from leading Australian suppliers in both dry form and tincture. When Anne retired to have a family, Jamie continued to successfully diagnose and prescribe herbal mixes for a range of different problems.
Jamie is often recommended by veterinarians because of his unique talent in diagnosing lameness and repairing muscle injuries.
"Nature's way is always to get the maximum result from the minimum effort" .... Franz Mairinger