Rosemary Gillies CESMT CLT CEMFT
"If you have gained the trust of a horse,
you have won a friend for life..."
It is my experience that people often turn to complementary therapies after a long road of lameness or inconclusive health issues and when traditional methods have been exhausted. However, in my opinion, the best way to keep all horses feeling and performing at their best, regardless of their age and workload/discipline, is to combine veterinary preventative care, correct nutrition, farriery and exercise with a therapeutic wellness program.
A functional integrative approach for the equine performance athlete has become important in all disciplines, just as it is for human athletes, but this approach is not limited to the competitive animal, it is valuable to all our horses; the weekend warrior, the retiree, the rescue project, the lesson or therapy horse.
Don't we all want the best for our horses?
Prevention is better than cure...
Whilst all illness and injury may never be completely avoidable, it is entirely possible to incorporate a team approach to ensure your horse's overall wellness; to prevent, reduce or delay the occurrence of destructive inflammatory processes and compensatory patterns.
A consistent program of correct diet & exercise, alongside bodywork, with good management of the environment can maintain the body in an optimum state to heal should an accident or injury occur.
I have been a lifelong lover of horses. While I didn't own my own until I was an adult, I was "that horse kid" & spent every possible minute I could helping out at the barn & riding as well as working at my local riding school in order to catch ride where I could.
After school I took a break from horses to work in the finance industry & start a family, but found my way back to horses after our move to Texas when my kids were both of school age.
I have previously worked as a groom in the dressage world for USDF Gold Medalist trainers, as well as being a barn manager for a large, mostly dressage boarding facility.
I have my personal horse to blame for falling into the rabbit hole of Equine Bodywork. I have seen first hand the results of using traditional veterinary medicine alongside alternative methods in keeping her performing at her best and competing successfully, despite her perceived physical limitations from previous trauma, as well as managing her genetic muscle diseases.
2019 USDF Reg 9 2nd Level Freestyle 3rd GAIG & SWDC
2019 USDF National Finals 2nd Level Freestyle 7th
2020 AQHA USDF High Score Breed Award Open 2nd Level
I strive to provide a service that helps all horses feel a little better.
This may simply be as part of a wellness program, to keep them in top shape to be able to do their job, either as an athlete or a lesson/therapy horse, or to enable them to remain supple & comfortable in their retirement.
My role may be as part of a team helping with recovery/rehabilitation.
I value my integrity, which means if your horse has a problem that I think needs additional help, or that I am not the right person to help you at this point, I refer back to your vet or other equine professional. Bodywork is an incredibly valuable tool, but nothing I do will hold in your horse's body whilst it has a veterinary issue that needs treatment, or tack that doesn't fit for example. I strive to maintain a good working network of other equine professionals of all types, be it veterinarians, farriers, saddle fitters, other bodyworkers and so forth in order to provide the best possible care for your horse.
Not one of us has all the answers, we all have different skills, strengths & weakness:
often it takes a team effort to get the best results.
I am committed to continuing education and self improvement.
Bodywork and alternative therapies are an ever changing field, especially with the progress being made in the study of fascia for example. I am always working to make sure I keep up to date with new information and techniques that will be beneficial for you and your horse.
I hold certifications/have training in:
*Myo-Manipulative Functional Therapy*
*Tensegrity Balancing Therapy*
*Fascial & Trigger Point Release*
*Sports Massage Therapy*
*Cranial Sacral Therapy*
*Photopuncture & Light Therapy (LLLT)*
All services are non-invasive and drug free.
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