“Fantastic woman with an amazing pair of hands !! Sorted many of my horses and will continue with all of mine, highly recommend !” Claire
I qualified in McTimoney Animal Chiropractic in 2012 after having qualified in Animal Massage in 2007, I hold a BSc (Hons) in Equine Science from Writtle College and an MSc Animal Manipulation from the McTimoney College of Chiropractic and am an active member of the McTimoney Animal Association.
As a teenager, I was never lucky enough to have my own horse, so I would I ride other people’s horses, often they had ridden or behavioural issues. I would figure out these issues and after some hard work, the horse would become a joy to ride, often, the owner would take the horse back, and I would start again with a new horse!
I volunteered at my local riding school as a child, spending my weekends and summers looking after the horses and clients. I then went onto ride with a small scale dealer, learning about breeding, looking after foals, keeping horses more naturally, starting youngsters and rehabilitating horses who needed ridden re-education, including the re-education of ex-racehorses; nutritional rehabilitation and improving confidence in the ridden horse, and young horses. I also learnt a huge amount about saddling and saddle fitting, the importance of checking and changing saddles as a horse gains muscle and topline. During this time I also learnt how to ride in a more classical way, without force and in a way that not only improves the horses biomechanics when ridden, but I also found this way of riding and training would greatly improve the horses temperament, nervous horses would become calm and soft, when ridden in this way.
I left to undertake my undergradute degree BSc (Hons) Equine Science, where I studied nutrition, sports perfomance, sports medicine, anatomy and discovered a interest for injury rehabilitation. After my degree I put my new skills to good use rehabilitating more complex cases of neglected and porly trained horses, I studied animal massage, this enabled me to help horses with musculoskeletal injuries, especially exrace horses that needed support. I decided to train further at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic for MSc Animal Manipulation, a gentle touch spinal realignment therapy. The results I started to get were astounding!
My early experiences with horses and subsequent further qualifications have led me to have a wealth of experience working with many types and personalities of horses. Many of my clients call me because their horse tends to be nervous or unsure of new people, I am able to treat nervous horses without upsetting them, allowing the animal to get the best of the treatment without being reduced to restraining an already sceptical individual.
I own a young cob named Badger, who I am just starting to train to be ridden, and 2 cats, whom I also treat. I also have a share a beautiful soul called Fox, who had a troubled past and extensive physical issues. He now is a calm member of our herd and has a job teaching students on Monty Roberts courses run by Chris.