Horses have always been an integral part of my life. I began riding as a child and learned early on the day to day responsibilities of taking care of horses at home. My family ran a small boarding facility where I spent much of my free time working and playing with the horses. It was here that I first began to understand how horses interact with one another and their human partners.
As I got older, I began taking lessons and showing in the hunters and jumpers locally. I soon realized that I wanted to follow my love of horses into my professional life. While attending the University of Minnesota, I received a degree in Animal Science. Still wanting to learn more, I enrolled in a veterinary technology program completing that the following year.
Over the past twenty years, my skills with horses have been put to good use as a working groom. Traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe managing various horses on the hunter/jumper circuits, I have been able to expand my knowledge base learning from some of the best riding instructors along with veterinarians and massage therapists in the world. The more I began to learn about dealing with equine related injuries the more I wanted to know about the therapeutic side of the industry. In April 2009, I took my first class in equine massage therapy at Animal Dynamics in Ocala, Florida. By the end of 2010, I had returned twice more for additional massage, acupressure and electro-stimulation therapy classes.
The addition of these modalities has only helped to enhance my massage treatments. Both the acupressure and electro-stimulation allow for greater pain relief by penetrating the muscles at a deeper level. I look forward to continuing to integrate all of these forms of therapy so that I may better serve my equine clients and their owners.