began my journey into the equine world as a horse crazy 10 year old, counting down the days to my lessons each week. My parents finally gave in and bought my first horse for my 12th birthday, Lady was a 4 ½ yr old off the track thoroughbred mare. I know you must be thinking my parents were crazy right?! Luckily for everyone involved Lady was, and still is one of the kindest, most tolerant horses I know. She took me through Pony Club and up into EA dressage and low level eventing, keeping me safe, but more importantly teaching me to ride and train a horse from scratch. In 2006 Lady sustained a paddock injury, tearing through her tendon sheath, requiring immediate surgery. After spending a month on stable rest, I was given the ‘all clear’ to bring her back into work. But how? I was not given any information or support, so as any 14 year old would do, I just rode! Looking back, this event has sat with me on a subconscious level. I was so lucky Lady remained sound despite not rehabilitating her correctly (I am now rehabbing the chronic compensatory patterns she has because of this!), but how many other people have gone through the same experience and not gotten a sound horse at the end of it? As horse owners we want what is best for our horses, we want to learn, so that we don’t make the same mistakes over and over again. So why has this information not been made available to us? This question stuck with me throughout my university degree, where I confirmed equine biomechanics & rehabilitation was where my passion lies.
Whilst completing university I bought a ‘project horse’ to play around with. Harry was also an ex race horse, who just happened to be Lady’s half brother (I didn’t realise until after I purchased him!). He was sensitive, over reactive, but boy was he absolutely magical to ride when you had his trust. We progressed through the dressage grades, and he helped me regain my jumping confidence. My ‘project horse’ was going nowhere in a hurry. I was able to manage some lumbar & pelvic issues from his previous racing career throughout this time, but unfortunately in 2014 Harry took a turn for the worse, with a slip in the paddock causing further damage to his fusing lumbar and damaged pelvis. No matter what I did he continued to worsen in condition so in June 2014 I made the tough decision to eliminate his pain for ever & have him put to sleep. As much as this whole process shook me and made me question everything, I have come out the other side with a renewed passion and greater drive for equine rehabilitation. By passing on my knowledge to you I hope that you will develop a better understanding of how your horse moves & functions. Understanding this will enable you to detect when something isn’t quite right in their musculoskeletal system, potentially catching the problem in the early stages before it becomes a detectable lameness or injury. For those rehabilitating an injured horse, or for those who unfortunately one day will have to, I hope to provide you with support and an easy to understand program to make a very daunting task manageable.
After all, we all want to have happy, healthy horses!
- EQ103 – Advanced Soft Tissue Techniques, Intro to Spinal Mobilisation and Clinical Reasoning (pending externship)
- Animal NeuroMyofascial Release Technique (Student)
- Diploma Equine & Canine Acupuncture
- Equine Therapies Master class – Sharon May Davis (Co-host)
- Equine & Canine Body Articulation (McGregor)
- Canine Rock Tape Course
- Cert Equine Rehabilitation Therapist (Physical Therapy) through Animal Rehab Institute (Florida, USA)
- Sharon May Davis Advanced Biomechanics workshop
- Sharon May Davis Dissection workshop
- Level 1 & 2 Equine Craniosacral Therapy (Upledger Institute)
-Sharon May Davis Biomechanics Workshop
– Level Two Equine Craniosacral Therapy (Maureen Rogers)
– Equi-tape practitioner course (certified early 2015)
– Cert in Equine Sports Massage
– Attended “Equine Integrative Medicine based assessment & rehabilitation strategies course” with Dr Kerry Ridgeway & Manolo Mendez
– Level One Equine Craniosacral Therapy (Maureen Rogers)
– Short course in Equine Muscular & Neurological Disorders through Dr Elenour Kellon
– Intro to Equine Photonic Therapy
Bachelor Applied Science majoring in Equine Science