I have been around animals, especially horses and dogs all my life. Living on a hill farm in the Peak District and having first hand experience of the skills required of working sheep dogs in the cold winters has made me truly appreciate their value.
I currently have 3 dogs of various breeds - Border Collie, Working Cocker Spaniel and a retired Patterdale terrier. I compete at dog agility at grade 6 and have dabbled in competitive obedience going to Crufts for the Pre-Beginner Obedience Stake and have been in a starters team at Flyball. I take dog training very seriously and I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, I’m also on the (KCAI) Kennel Club’s Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour. I'm the founder and chair of Dig It Dog Training club with over 100 members and organise a regular schedule of shows and competitions. In 2012 I attended the first Canine Sports Medicine course run by the CRI - Canine Rehabilitation Institute - Where Chris Zink visited from the USA to lecture on gait evaluation with interpretation of findings, conditioning the canine athlete, injury prevention, sports re-training, structure and locomotion relating to performance and rehabilitation after common sports injuries.
Horses are my other passion and I have been working with horses since I was young, starting out at a local trekking centre taking out rides. I have ridden out for a professional eventer and the Cheshire Hunt Masters. I have also gained vast experience working at the Equine Rehabilitation Centre in Cheltenham. I bought my first horse called ‘Twig’ a TBxID when I left University, then Timber Treasure came along a beautiful 15.3hh Dark Bay ex-racehorse. More recently I have 2 horses. 'Inca' Tingle who is a 15.2hh Bright Bay thoroughbred gelding who I leant to ride Western and bought my first western saddle! He has ongoing kissing spine issues so is retired now. Then there’s “Jimmy” my first western trained 15.3hh Chestnut Quarter Horse who I love doing natural horsemanship clinics with and we hope to have lots of fun this summer together! Maybe even a Western Show.
In 2005 I graduated from Harper Adams University with a BSc (Hons) Animal Health degree. In 2009 I qualified as a McTimoney Animal Manipulator with a Masters Degree verified by the University of Wales.
Since 2011 I have been working with David Prydie MRCVS and Isobel Foden ACPAT Physiotherapist from PhysioVet. This dedicated rehabilitation and physiotherapy clinic specialising in Canine Sports Medicine. We work to support the vet in practice and offer a range of treatments from post operation therapy, to the chronic arthritic patient, to weight management and fitness.
Alongside McTimoney I am a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, obtaining the Equine Body Worker (EBW) certification from Equinenergy. This popular, effective therapy can be used separately or alongside McTimoney Animal Manipulation.