I started my business, Equiphoria (Equine + Euphoria), back in the year 2000 when the need to have my own horse 'fixed' arose after a cross-country crash in the Snowy Mountains.
Both my horse and I were injured at the time.
I hadn't realised that my horse, Busy, had hurt himself until I took him for a light hack out up the paddock when I had slightly recovered and he bucked! Something he had never done! I felt so guilty not knowing.
I had just spent weeks with multiple sessions per week seeing my human bodyworker help fix me and I still wasn't fantastic.
It was only logical that he was hurting too and needed an Equine Professional to help him out.
I contacted as many therapists as I could (which were very few and far between back in 2000) but I could not secure assistance.
I figured I would go and learn how to fix my own horse!
Well 3 years and a lot of money later - studying courses, learning anatomy and physiology and 100 test horses later I still didn't find the answers for my horse...
My beautiful horse went on to retire to a home with 2 young boys to love him to pieces. He would cart them down to the river, two up, most afternoons and home again.
Fast forward to 2020...
I have now been an Equine Bodywork professional and kept learning and working and achieving excellent results on my clients horses with a successful business.
I have actively worked on horses in many and varied disciplines including; dressage, eventing, showjumping, endurance, racing (both gallops and harness), polocrosse, reining, team penning, ranch sorting, showing, pony club, mounted games and pleasure riding and possibly some that I have missed in this list! I have looked after horses bodies competing at State, National and International levels.
The main sports I have competed in myself are eventing, dressage and endurance but I have also taste tested most other sports on my horses so I know what pressures are on the horse with each different discipline.
Looking after the horses Musculo-Skeletal Systems is better used as a regular maintenance, rather that a fix it solution, where possible as it helps to prevent issues rather than deal with the aftermath or dysfunctional horses.
My specialty is muscle manipulations but I also incorporate skeletal manipulation - only when necessary for the benefit of the horse.
I have a very specific and well-practiced skill set that I train into new therapists in an accelerated time-frame (8-weeks) and it is very effective.
The way teaching is delivered combines both Online lessons containing theory and practical tasks as well as in the Level 3 course a face to face practical training to help you to fast track to becoming a very skilled Equine Bodywork specialist.
Support is available to help you through your learning and different styles of learning are catered to in the courses to help you to be successful in what you want to achieve.
All face to face training is delivered by a specialist who is an industry professional using proven teaching strategies.
A course outline is available on the Courses page with a brief overview below of the courses on offer.
Level 1 - Equine Massage
This program is ideal as an introductory course for people wanting to be able to give their own horse a beneficial massage and help reduce pain and dysfunction in them. Click here to buy now.
Level 2 - Equine Massage including Passive Stretches
This course is a step up from level 1 and will train you to incorporate safe passive stretching techniques and is ideal for the horse person wanting to learn more about horse anatomy and how to identify where their own horse/s.
Level 2 would be the equivalent of being able to do a standard oil change on your car but not be able to do a full engine rebuild. It will help you to reduce pain and dysfunction in your own horse/s and know when you need to call in a professional equine bodyworker for extra help. Click here to buy now.
Level 3 - Equine Bodywork Course
This is an intensive program for people who are keen to work in the Equine Industry as an effective Equine Bodyworker. This is a growing industry and effective professionals with good skill sets and knowledge are in demand.
Level 4 - Advanced Equine Bodywork and mentorship program.
This program is by invitation only - after completion of level 3.
It is only for people wishing to seriously pursue a career in the industry as an effective Equine Bodyworker. This level will also allow you a listing as a therapist on www.equiphoria.com.au
The mission moving into the future is to become the leader in all Equine Bodywork training and consistently train the best Equine Bodywork professionals so as many horses as possible can have access to a person that can achieve the best results available for them.
The aim is to provide results based training and make sure therapists are confident and can get great results for their clients.
These professionals will be able to effectively look after 2 of the major systems of the horse - both the muscular and the skeletal system from a holistic perspective.
A therapist trained by Equiphoria will allow the horse to achieve the best possible function and performance. In return this will save the client time, money and confusion about which therapist they may need.
I often tell my clients that my obligation is to the horse but they just so happen to have a human that loves them enough to understand when they need some extra help to
feel great and perform well.
The goal of Equiphoria has always been to provide the highest quality service with the best results available for horse's.
With horses there is no room for arrogance and the singular focus needs to always be the well-being of the horse.
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