For as long as I can remember I was obsessed with horses, but I never had any opportunity to pursue it. In High school I leased a couple of horses briefly, and then in 1998 I became the proud recipient of a ‘rescue’ thoroughbred name Tommy. He was one of those horses that are all the reasons you don’t want to own a Thoroughbred, particularly not as a first time owner. One of the very first things I did when I got him home was call the vet. You know the ones, always hurting themselves and not known for their sensibility, and the rest as they say, is history. (For more on Tommy’s antics, and the many other horses along the way follow the blog-coming soon).
Life went on as it often does, and I never quite made it through year 12. This makes it quite a hurdle when I wanted to be a vet. I moved out of home and got a job… Tommy was always around but I never really pursued my dreams.
Fast forward a few years and I had my son and began to wonder “What am I doing with my life” (perhaps a bit late I know). This led to enrollment in a bridging course, jumping through a few (ok a lot) of hoops and my eventual admission to the university of Queenslands’ Gatton campus in the Bachelor of Equine Science, from which I just recently graduated! (side note people, chase your dreams it doable and its never too late to start).
Towards the end of my degree I began to consider what this would lead me to, how can I take what I have learned, and how to use it to benefit horses? Because that’s what I’m really passionate about! Helping horses!
This led to further study, so I am now a qualified equine sports therapist with Equestricare. Plus I have a host of other influences whose teachings have set me on the path I am on today… from Dr Kerry Ridgeway, Prof. Robert Bowker, Gillian Higgins, Reiner Klimke and many many more.
Furthering my knowledge base, I am currently studying aromatherapy:
- EMMETT Therapy
- Tissue Mobilisation
- Photonic Therapy
- and Myofacial release
Later this year I will begin Kinesiology taping.
I am passionate about equine health and welfare, and I understand how valuable an integrated approach is when managing and rehabilitating horses. I see lots more ongoing study for me, and I cant wait to help you with your horses!