Name: Margot Anderson
Location: Okotoks, Alberta Canada
Certifications Through Angel's Animals: Equine Kinesiology Taping
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I was born on an Alberta farm, and even though I grew up and went to school in 7 different countries, my parents always made sure I had dog and a horse or a horse was available to me. Horses and dogs have always been a big part of my life and influenced who I am today. Horses and dogs taught me that they are cross-culturally aware, so no matter what country I was in, it didn’t matter to them where I came from, it just mattered that I was kind.
In 2017 after 30 years in the Queens Service, I retired, rescued a Thoroughbred named Ebony and knew that healing her issues caused by prior abuse were beyond my kin. So I registered with Guelph University Equine Sciences online studies so I would better know farm management and equine health in order to be able to give her and my other equines the best possible care. It was in one of these classes that I learned about Holistic Animal Studies from another student. My first course was the Equine Kinesiology Taping Practitioner’s course, and I was hooked on this new learning! I was and am impressed with the results that kinesiology taping can do for animals and humans. I will always be on a mission to ensure the best health options for my herd. This is not something I just do sometimes. I live it. Everyday.
What animal influenced you the most growing up?
It really has to be two, because I have never been without a dog, and my dad gave me my first horse, Clea, when I was 4. I had her until I was 10. Instilled in my daily memory is the hours and hours I spent riding through the Crowsnest mountains, just me, my dog and my horse, eating balony sandwiches by the river. They taught me to be still, to listen, to be brave and to always trust with caution, because even your best friends can get spooked, run away and leave you on a mountain to walk down yourself.
What animals do you currently own?
I own a Thoroughbred, 2 Clydesdales and a 4 year old Palomino, which I have given to a 15 year old girl next door to use as a project horse. A Warmblood and Quarter horse also live with us. I am also the very proud owner of a gorgeous and loving purebred Siberian husky and 9 barn cats (we just had kittens!)
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out?
First of all, I am Certified by Holistic Animal Studies, so my working knowledge and learning is internationally recognized as high calibre. Because of Holistic Animal Studies, I am recognized by the NBCAAM and IFREMT. I also don’t have regular ‘hours’, I take calls in the summer whenever I am needed. Some equestrians are competing all day, so I’ll be there at 9:00pm if that’s when they need me. The most important thing is that I do more than just equine massage therapy. I also do kinesiology taping, craniosacral therapy and CMS. Soon, I will be able to add Reiki to my services. I am a continuing equine education learner, and I will always be on top of what therapy will best benefit the health of the horse!
What message would you like to share with potential clients?
Healing takes time. Healing takes patience. Healing takes attention. Time, patience and attention is what you need to commit to invest in your horse.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursing a career in animal bodywork?
There is no reason to wait. Try one of the free previews! Holistic Animal studies wants every student with an interest in animal body work to succeed. Dr. Barbara is always available to answer your questions. Best of all…once you have the course, you have access to it forever. Or you can go back to the Facebook page and ask questions, all your fellow students are eager to assist you! So if you need to go back and refresh information, it’s right there for you. They offer affordable payment plans and awesome discounts. In my mind, Holistic Animal Studies takes away the excuses not to pursue your dream and replaces it with achieving the reality of your dream. Dr. Barbara explains through her videos and text downloads in a way that someone with no real prior equine medical experience can learn, understand and apply. Side Affects: taking these courses lead to learning addictions, improved self confidence, can lead to a financially successful career, cause permanent happiness and will result in animal hair to constantly be on your jacket.
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