• Are you the back lady?

    Are you the back lady?

    It was a lovely sunny day when I drove up to some imposing gates at the entrance of a private yard. I get out of the car, press the intercom button and identify myself by name and client’s name when asked why I am there. And then comes the question: “Oh, are you the back lady?”

    I cannot help but smile. It is true that I am often asked to look at a horse who seems to be uncomfortable or even sore through his back, but even then I do not just work on the back. I am not a chiropractor or an osteopath and cannot claim to come and “adjust” your horse’s back.

    See, I am an equine bodyworker. And even if I am called to look at your horse’s back I tend to cover his whole body as often problems start somewhere completely different and primary causes may go unnoticed. I use a combination of techiniques from sport massage, trigger point work, myofascial therapy, stretching and mobilisation, and even bits of acupressure and kinesiology. And I am still continuing my training all the time to make sure that I will always have something in my toolkit to help your horse (and you!) Currently I am studying Kinesiology (Touch for Health) herbal medication and acupressure. I have spent time with sport horse vets, watching them do lameness work ups and learning as much as I can from some of the best in the business. In my life before becoming an equine bodyworker I have was a riding instructor, studied stable management and some equine nutrition. So after your horse’s session with me I can advise you on a maintenance programme, stretching and management. However, if I honestly believe that I am not the best person to be able to help your horse, I will refer you to someone who can, without hesitation. As a horse owner, I appreciate just how valuable your horse, your time and your money is to you!

    So how did I end up answering that question coming from the intercom? “Yes, I am the back lady...”

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