Like many of our members, Kate grew up with horses being a huge part of her life. She worked in a yard in Northamptonshire for a number of years and had her own horses in her 20s. Kate describes herself as 'the best version of myself when I'm with horses'. She firmly believes that for too long, equines have been viewed as commodities and that much more emphasis needs to be placed on the rich array of emotions that they, as sentient beings, experience.
Due to a spinal condition in her late 20s, Kate had to step away from the horse world. Not thinking that she would ever be able to work with horses again, she decided to use the time where her mobility was limited, to retrain in Applied Animal Behaviour, with a focus on dogs, thinking horses would be physically out of the question. By the time she gained her qualification in this, she had had two rounds of spinal surgery and eventually began to see her physical abilities improving vastly. After testing the water, she decided to return to her dreams and embarked on a Level 5 Advanced Practitioner qualification with EMA, in which she gained a distinction.
In addition to her qualification, she has also completed the Equine Emergency First Aid, Bit & Bridle Assessment and Advanced Myofascial Release & Kinetic Chains CPD courses, with more planned in the near future. Kate's approach to her work as a therapist involves assessment of the horse from all perspectives, including their emotional state and the possible resultant behaviours - all of which may have a huge effect on their musculoskeletal presentation.
Kate is heavily involved in IEP, and is also a Fellow of ISAP (International Society of Animal Professionals). She is working towards full membership with IRVAP. She offers pre and post sports massage, remedial & mainteneance and vet referrals.