My principles of practice are aimed at promoting the health and welfare of both humans and animals.
I specialise in treating horse and rider combinations, by improving function and balance, to create a safe, long-lasting relationship.
Treatment is delivered using a range of techniques underpinned by sound scientific protocols and reinforced with client education.
I have been involved with horses my whole life, and from a young age had a keen interest in horse and human biomechanics from many angles. e.g. Osteopath, rider, trainer, instructor, sports trainer (human) and sportsperson. Having such a strong connection to working with horses, I then trained in equine studies, teaching riding at all levels as a coach.
After many years working in Australia and the UK on horse yards performing a variety of roles, I've been self-employed as well as working for huge eventing and training yards in the UK at a high level for both amateur owners/riders and professional riders.
My career as a coach saw me teaching in dressage, eventing and showjumping and my work as a rider had me working in the same disciplines that I coached in, as well as an exercise rider for racing including flat and jumps. I have also worked as a groom/strapper and as a schoolyard manager.
Having ridden at different levels and disciplines I have come across problems at each stage.
From the ‘broken down’ horses where I rehabilitated them to functional use to the young horses who were pushed too hard too fast, older school horses ridden by inexperienced pupils, and ineffective training/riding methods causing lameness and unsoundness. In all disciplines, keeping a horse sound and functioning is a real art form and with the trials of exercise, you can get repetitive strain injuries. I've also helped riders find a better connection with their mounts, and I get so much satisfaction seeing a relationship evolve.
This for me boils down to safety.
Nobody goes out to have a bad session with their horse. Everybody wants a session where they achieve something, in whatever discipline that may be.
Whether you're a professional rider or an amateur, if a horse is uncomfortable, the likelihood of injury increases for both you and the horse.
After years of working with horses and riders, it was apparent that some problems were on repeat.
From the "just push him through" attitude to the "just let him have time off in the paddock", neither approach addressed the underlying issues.
So much of my time, energy and heart was invested, but watching the techniques and methods used which did not improve functionality, this repeated frustration for the horse and its rider, brought me to studying osteopathy, where I knew I could make a difference.
My Osteopathy career was a natural progression, and I studied for five years at RMIT and after two years of clinical practice, I then completed my post-graduate Diploma in Animal Biomechanical Medicine in Melbourne.
Now almost a decade into my work as an Osteopath specialising in equine biomechanics, my love and passion for the industry grows each day. I apply techniques on people and horses as well as other species (dogs, cats, and even a chicken!) and I enjoy collaborations within the ABM body (vets, chiropractors & osteopaths) and working with other industry professionals.
The joy that I get from working with horses and riders in a holistic way, ensures that I now help others who are in the position now, that I once was. The horse who started it all was my beloved Mae. She saw me through all my EFA coaching qualifications while suffering from navicular disease in both front feet. If I knew then what I know now, Mae would have seen a very different outcome.
Having been around horses for over 25 years I love the opportunity to expand my knowledge and deepen my understanding of these beautiful creatures.