2018 - 'reining' horse and dogs!
Where do you start with an end of year blog? There’s so much that has happened in the last 12 months it will be hard to keep this short and sweet, so please do bear with me! First and foremost, I would like to thank all of my clients for your valued custom and followers of Instagram and Facebook for your ongoing interest and support, I am so very grateful :)
For those that may not know I work part-time as an NHS Physiotherapist, but it goes without saying that horses and dogs are my passions in life. At the beginning of the year I gained my Diploma in Canine Merishia Massage adding another set of 4 legs to my client base. This led to a new logo design, new website (www.hac-therapies.co.uk) and change in business name; ‘HAC Equine Massage’ became ‘HAC Therapies – for horse, human and hound.’
I've attended several training courses and events (listed below) to keep up to date with knowledge and skills, evidence-based practice and research. In this way I can provide the very best for my 2 and 4-legged clients.
Equine Myofascial Release - Canine TTouch - Kinesiology Taping - Holistic Saddle Fitting - Fascial Edge Tool
For 2019 I have enrolled in training for The Masterson Method, Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork with the master himself, Jim Masterson!! I also intend to sign up for a course in Canine Rehabilitation and Strengthening so will keep you all posted :) #mastersonmethod #jimmasterson #equineperformancebodywork #caninerehab #therapist
My work takes me anywhere and everywhere; although currently based in London I travel to many home counties including Hertfordshire, Surrey, Sussex, Essex and Norfolk. I visit many livery yards and riding schools and I have set up monthly clinics at a dog boarding facility in Norfolk, which has a hydrotherapy pool and grooming salon on-site (http://www.dogotel.org). I also provide mobile visits whenever necessary.
Jack Oscar Vince Big D
(youngest client 6 months) (oldest client 29 years) (smallest client) (biggest client)
Throughout the year I love to visit Vauxhall City Farm (https://www.vauxhallcityfarm.org/horse-riding) and pamper the ponies there. The riding school is associated with the Riding for the Disabled Association so its lovely to give something back to the ponies that work so hard to put smiles on lots of faces (https://www.hac-therapies.co.uk/blog/treating-the-horses-and-ponies-of-vauxhall-city-farm). #rda #cityfarm #vauxhall #london #ridingschool #horseandpony
In May I was given the opportunity to host a Painted Horse Demo to Lee Valley Riding Club (https://www.hac-therapies.co.uk/blog/painted-horse-demo-by-hac-therapies). This was a lot of fun and there are plans in place to do more demos in the near future. Please do get in touch if you would like a demo at your yard or riding school. #paintedhorsedemo #muscle #anatomy
In July I was at the Royal Sandringham Dog Show, a charity event that was raising money for local hospice Tapping House. I was able to offer free muscle health checks in between watching the classes. It was a beautifully sunny day and I even managed to sample some local gin at one of the other stalls! #sandringham #royalsandringhamdogshow #dogshow #charity
In October I attended the London Riding Horse Show in Hyde Park to support my sponsored client Virginia Draper and her gorgeous Spanish horse, Diamante. It was a great day all round as Virginia and Diamante Del Ray won all their classes. It was lovely to see so many local riding clubs turn out for the big day and we were all honoured with a visit from the Household Cavalry #londonridinghorseshow #civilserviceridingclub #householdcavalry #spanishhorse
In December I went to The London International Horse Show at Olympia where I witnessed Guy Williams and Mr Blue Sky UK take on the record 7ft 4 wall of the Cayenne Puissance for Great Britain. Such an incredible effort from the dream team and a thoroughly enjoyable night out. The Devils Horsemen, Santi Serra Natural Horsemanship and The Kennel Club Dog Agility also put in amazing performances :) #olympia #londoninternationalhorseshow #devilshorsemen #stuntriders #naturalhorsemanship #kennelclub #dogagility #santiserra #cayennepuissance #guywilliams #mrblueskyuk #teamgb #puissance #dreamteam
So there we have it. What a great year 2018 has been. I hope you've enjoyed reading this blog and thank you for doing so. Here's to a happy, healthy and successful 2019 for all :)
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