Hi, I’m Rebecca, a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist and the founder of Intuitive Equine Massage Therapy. I trained and qualified with The College of Animal Physiotherapy and graduated with a Distinction. I’m fully insured and work within the Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire areas. I only work with veterinary consent which I am required to obtain by law. I am also a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT).
“Horses have taught me so much, I have gained invaluable knowledge being around them for so many years, but the most important thing I have learnt is to “listen” to my horse. Horses do and will tell us when something is wrong – we just have to listen!”
At the age of seven my parents took me for my first riding lesson (after I told everyone we were moving to the country so my Dad could buy me a pony!) and my love of horses began. At fourteen I was lucky enough to have my own pony and I used to compete at local shows. It had always been my dream to work with horses, but my career took me down a different path and I found myself working for a prestigious Law firm. Having progressed from Office Junior to Legal Secretary, I was given the opportunity to train with the Institute of Legal Executives and, in 2002, I qualified as a Paralegal. I specialised in Civil and Property Litigation and enjoyed the challenges which each new case brought!
Having continued to own and ride horses throughout my legal career, I developed a keen interest in horse anatomy and biomechanics when my horse went lame on several occasions. The cause of each lameness was never discovered, but thankfully he came sound with rest and time. After the last occasion he started having regular massage treatments with my dressage instructor, who was also a qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. After seeing the difference in his way of going (stride length increased, stiffness had reduced and lateral work had improved) I decided it was time to follow my dream and become a Massage Therapist.
The benefits of massage are vast, and there’s nothing more rewarding than watching the horse’s feedback during a treatment. I’m passionate about helping to improve both their physical and mental wellbeing. Horses really are amazing - I’m privileged to be able to work with them and, more importantly, give them something back!
Every horse/pony can benefit from an equine sports massage, from the family pony to the hardworking athlete to the horse/pony on box rest. Whether your horse/pony has a ridden or behavioural issue, needs a pre or post season check, or you would just like to give your equine friend a treat, they will absolutely love it!