Name: Alexandrea Lanier
Location: I live in Rome GA, and practice throughout GA, AL, TN, and FL.
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Equine massage, Large and small animal ANMR, Craniosacral, Kinesiology Taping, and Holistic Equine Nutrition are my current certifications through Angel’s Animals
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? As soon as I fell in love with horses as a kid, I knew I wanted to be involved with them. I switched from Hunter jumpers, to eventing, then to Barrels as I was struggling to find which area I really wanted to go pro in, and when I was confident enough with the speed of barrels, I decided that I wanted to shoot for world champion in the sport. I knew going pro would require lots of travel, so I figured if I was an equine therapist, I could not only use my therapies on my own horses to keep them sound on the road, but on others as well to maintain income flow while traveling! It was a win win situation, and I’m currently working on having my horses ready to hit the road so we can finally make that dream a reality!
What animal influenced you the most growing up? My horse Gator. She was a Florida Mustang I got as a young kid. She did everything I wanted growing up, and when I would switch disciplines, she’d be right there with me. I’d set jumps obviously too high for her abilities, or ask her to fly across pastures at mock 1 speed, but she’d never refuse anything I threw at her, and that’s what amazed me the most about her. We won championships in the English world against horses that obviously looked and were trained much better, but her heart always won in the end, and the judges and everyone else saw it. She was a very mothering horse and she gave me my first taste of freedom on horseback.
What animals do you currently own? I currently own 3 dogs, and 5 horses! My wallet hates me, lol
What makes your animal practice stand out? My versatility, and constant passion to learn more and add more to my business. I truly love giving a horse a voice to tell its owners what is wrong, and then helping that horse feel better so they can continue to live comfortably. The things we ask of our horses grow more and more strenuous, and we are breeding crazier and more talented horses every year, so the competition is getting extremely tough. Maintaining comfort and sanity in these horses is absolutely paramount, and I am proud to say that with my current program, I’ve had some of the most amazing success stories with horses that had little hope left.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? When searching for a practitioner for your horse, look for someone as passionate about them as you are! It is our job to make them feel better, and to give them a voice, so we must be in tune with them, and passionate about helping them. A true love for the horse is the most important tool a practitioner can carry.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career with animals? Life is too short to live for the weekends and dread every Monday. Do what you love, and love what you do, therefore you’ll never work a day in your life. It is HARD WORK and even three years into starting my business I’m still in the startup stages, but if you are passionate, you will succeed!
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