Name: Klaartje Van Steen
Certifications Through Angel's Animals?: Holistic Equine Nutritionist and Cranio Sacral Therapy
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? Already when I was little. I started horse riding when I was 7 years old and I never stopped. I always picked the 'difficult' horses and pretty soon started following clincs about horsemanship when I was 16. After working with horses who had 'problem behavior' I noticed it is not just behavior, but more than that. That is why I started to follow different forms of therapy to find the cause of the behavior so I could help the horse by finding a solution for the root of the problem.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? Horses.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I have followed many kinds of therapy and saw many different physical and mental problems that horses where dealing with. Because of this I can easily adjust my treatment to what the horse needs.
What message would you like to share with those who are thinking about starting a career in animal bodywork? Do it! The courses are very professional with amazing information to get you started to a carreer in animal bodywork.
Name: Morgan Rooks-Turcotte
Location: Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada
Certifications through Angel's Animals?
I am Certified Equine Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Equine Kinesiology Practitioner. I`m enrolled in Craniosacral (almost done!), Equine Myo-Manipulative Functional therapy (just my hours left!) and Cold Laser Therapy (super excited for this one!).
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals?
From a young age, I knew I wanted to be involved with animals. I had such a big love for animals and aspired to be a veterinarian when I "grew up"! I had my mind set on the rehabilitation side of things when I got more involved at my old barn in training and showing and being more responsible for that side of things. I could see how much it helped the horses, and I was truly fascinated.
What animal influenced you the most growing up?
The whole reason I sought out a nutrition certification was for my current horse Barron. My very special OTTB, who I bought from a show barn a few hours south of where I live. He was struggling continuously with his weight and despite being generally healthy as confirmed by his vet, he just was not feeling the best he could. I hired a nutritionist who owned a feedstore and didn't see results after all the products I bought so I finally decided to take matters into my own hands. Once I completed the course, I saw miraculous changes in him PLUS, It was a bonus being holistic because I wanted to look more at just finding a grain for him; I wanted to make sure he was eating the best he could get and feeling both good inside and out! Now, he's recently been diagnosed with some arthritis so I`m so happy I have other modalities for him to keep him comfortable because even just tape has helped him tremendously. Helping my horse feel better and maintain his comfort is the best feeling I could have ever felt, and I feel so privileged I get to help other horses every day! My old show jumping horse Ellie that I leased before purchasing Barron was the horse that really made me set my mind on bodywork alike. She was sore and lame all the time, and I knew she deserved better when she worked so hard for me. I didn't know how back then, but I knew I wanted to help them.
What animals do you currently own?
I own Barron, my one horse, as well as a dog, his name is Kash and my 3 very special kitty girls Aurora, Jolene, and Jack!
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out?
I think everyone has their own little talents and things they do, and its hard cause I look up to a lot of other therapists in my area. I think for me, on the nutritional side of things, is that I don't affiliate with a feed company unlike many others. So, when I`m creating a feed plan for your horse, it's strictly the best you can get with no interference in my personal relation. On the bodywork/kinesiology side, I`m in school to be a Veterinary Technologist and I believe in constant continued education. I strive to offer everything I can for the horses I`m privileged enough to work with. Being a Vet Tech will bring more experience to the medical side of things and may help us dive a little deeper into the How's and Why's. I am also happy we are taught more on just find and resolve, and more on the whole body's general balance and well-being.
What message would you like to share with potential clients?
I thoroughly enjoy the work that I do and am so proud of it. I will always ensure I will look in depth into your concerns and ensure that your happy with everything and, I love to stay in touch. The certain certifications I'm after are a lot more in depth then your typical massage or nutrition consult. I investigate the whole-body balance, not just finding and fixing one issue. I find this way; it keeps them comfortable for longer and helps them both inside AND out! I know I say this a lot but it`s something I`m so focused on!
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork?
It takes dedication, but it's so rewarding. Bodywork is something that I think should be in every horse owner back pocket for how much they do for us not only physically, but mentally too. If you have a love for horses and enjoy seeing them pain free and want to help that, consider looking into courses!
Name: Tessa Goddard
Location: East Texas, USA
Certifications through Angel's Animals? Holistic Equine Nutrition, EMFT, Equine Craniosacral
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? Ever since I was little I knew I wanted to work with animals, but it wasn't until became a very active horse owner at the age of 10 that I truly discovered my passion for helping animals heal. I have been through so much throughout my horse journey and I have seen the damaging lifestyles horses have been brought into. Through my journey, I have discovered so many new ways to care for and support our equine friends through holistic nutrition, integrative bodywork, energy awareness, and truly healing from nature with the power of herbs and essential oils. I always aim to Renew, Restore, and Rewild through the support of every healing modality we have access to and specialize in species appropriate care.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? One of my first horses, who I still have today, pushed me in more ways than I can explain and he is the one who led me to where I am today. We used to do eventing together and we were an intense team - always going to shows, practicing 6 days a week, and always striving for the next level. But through this, he unfortunately got pushed too hard and developed multiple injuries and conditions so I decided it was time to retire him. Through this, I discovered he needed so much rehab and a whole new way of living. I went on my own and started searching various ways to rehab and support, which led me down the path of species appropriate care, consent based training, and a whole new way of caring for our equine friends. He led me to discovering my passion for rescuing and rehabbing horses through utilizing the healing gifts we have been given through nature to support the Whole Horse in order to Rewild.
What animals do you currently own? Between my family and I, we own about 40+ animals! We have 2 dogs, several cats, 10 horses, 2 donkeys, and many many chickens! I am beyond thankful for each and every animal we have rescued and rehabilitated with the power of holistic health and love!
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I do things a little differently than most and I provide personalized virtual support to reach more parts of the world! I specialize in Holistic Equine Nutrition Consults with an emphasis on Meridian Balancing and self-selection of aromatics. Through this a lot of my clients need guidance on how to support their own horses through various bodywork modalities so I provide them with specialized actions plans to teach them virtually! I provide them with videos as well as detailed reports walking them through the various steps of supporting their horse through massage, energy healing, and accupressure. This is alongside the very detailed action plans of nutritional adjustments, walking the client through the new personalized diet I created for the horse based on muscle testing and meridian balancing! I also provide very detailed actions plans on how to offer aromatics to the client horse and how to heal from the root level at targeting cellular healing:) I combine nutrition, bodywork, and cellular healing to connect and restore the body as a whole - one therapy can't do it all, rather each therapy needs to work together to Renew and Restore the body.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? The biggest point I cannot stress enough is the importance of support. No matter what, you always need a team of practitioners and health care providers to support you and your horse from every angle on a journey to success. There are so many controversial opinions out there and it can get to be very overwhelming at times - one person says this, the other says that, and you never know who to trust! But when we can find certified practitioners who study holistic health and specialize in various healing modalities, we can ensure we can trust their recommendations and advice. You want to seek out someone who finds their answers from the guidance of the horse as they research species appropriate care and focus on healing from the power of nature and energy awareness. I encourage you to find a team of practitioners that can help you and your horse thrive from every angle because they all need to connect and create a healthy horse! If you want to learn more please reach out to me as it would be an honor to be part of your equine healing and wellness team!
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? Go for it!! Don't ever let self-doubt creep in. I am not going to lie, the path is a long one and never ends as far as learning goes - you will ALWAYS be learning, but to me, that is the beauty of it! Being able to be in an industry where we can support horses (and any animal for that matter) to heal and restore is such a blessing and something you will never regret jumping into! Once you start your journey to becoming an animal practitioner, you will find yourself grow in unimaginable ways as you continue to grow and flourish from each and every animal you meet! The joy that you will attain from seeing animals and humans thrive through a deeper connection found from proper health is something that cannot be found anywhere else and it is truly one of a kind - it is so life changing. So I would encourage you to jump in and chase your dreams!
Name: Meghan G'Schwind
Location: Central Nebraska, specifically Callaway
Certifications through Angel's Animals, LLC: Equine Massage
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming so I’ve always worked with animals and horses in particular. I wanted to be a veterinarian and even completed two years of a pre-vet degree before I decided to choose another field in agriculture. I love the anatomy and physiology of horses and thought equine massage would be a good way to practice it.
What animals do you currently own? My husband and I own two horses and typically train up to 4 more at a time. We also own 100 head of cows, two cats, and a dog.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? My practice is unique in that it can be beneficial to all disciplines of horses. From high performance barrel or cutting horses, to everyday ranch horses, a good massage can get them feeling their best.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? A little bit of routine maintenance can reduce chronic pain and lameness and make your horse last longer.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? If you’re thinking of pursuing equine massage, my advice is to learn everything you can and fill your toolbox. The practice is getting more and more common, and a special skill can really set you apart from the competition.
Name: Wendy Wilson
Location: Gilbert, Arizona USA
Certifications through Angel's Animals, LLC: Equine Myo-manipulative Functional therapy and finishing the cranio-sacral course.
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? Wanted to do this all my life. I didn't' have the $$ for college as a vet student, so I went into a much more mundane area. I became a CPA. Now, in my retirement, I have the opportunity to help the helpless. Every hour spent with a horse fill me with a real sense of purpose.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? Dogs. My grandfather had a kennel and every pup who wasn't doing well would come to my mom for nursing. I lost my mom quite young and lived with a family from our church. They introduced me to horses when I was 12. Although it was short lived, I never forgot the joy I found from horses.
What animals do you currently own? I have a 15 year old Snoodle who is more like a puppy than a senior citizen. We rescued her 13 years ago and have had a wonderful time with this little pistol of a pup. Bentley (Wisdoms Flying Spur) is my 15 year old RMH. He's a stoic, lazy gelding but LOVES to go on trail rides. At home, he's exhausted after about 15 minutes of work but can travel a trail for hours on end.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? My love and concern for every animal I touch. I use the cranial sacral art to try to connect to every horse before I start the evaluation and massage. It's such a great feeling to calm a nervous critter, to connect in ways the owners thought weren't possible. I never rush. It doesn't matter if it take twice the time I anticipated. It's the result that matter. I never over schedule my time. One never knows what to expect.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? Just like we humans often need body work, so does your equine partner. They are athletes and need the same care given to human counter parts. Many times, what you think is a behavioral issue turns out to be something physical. Just give me a chance to find the problem. If a vet is needed, or if a chiropractor is needed I'm the first to say so. I would never let my ego get out of control thinking I can cure everything. I'm honest and straight forward. My love for animals is ingrained into my very being. It doesn't matter if your horse is a hard working show horse or a pasture pet, My work can help. It's the hands on approach that I learned from you.
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? Be sure you're doing this for the right reason. Be calm and know you can succeed. No matter your age (I'm 71), ethnicity or anything else, let caring for the critters be your prime motivation. Other rewards will come. One thing I've noticed, many equine professionals (vets, farriers, dental workers etc.) do NOT give of their time to rescues. Everything is about the $$. I go to a horse rescue twice a month (Good Shepherd Healing Ministries, Apache Junction, AZ ) and work on 1-2 horses pro bono. It isn't about the $$. Volunteering has it's own rewards. Give it some thought.
Name: Alice Collins
Location: San Francisco/San Jose Bay area, Ca. We do travel outside this area.
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Equine myo-manipulative functional therapiEquine Massage Certificationst and Equine Cranio-sacral therapist
When do you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I have always loved and had a connection with animals and would care for lost and injured animals. Horses were my passion and still are. As a child and teenager I wanted to become a veterinary specializing in horses and, sometimes, life gives us a redirect.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? My first cat who "talked" to me and my horse who taught me how to listen and feel his rhythm, his heart. I always rode bareback and one day we were in the arena warming up before our ride. He kept indicating he wanted to go over the small jumps so I thought, ok, why not. He taught me how to jump that day, to listen and feel his rhythm even more deeply, when to lift up, when and how to lean forward to support his rhythm and flow. It was a magical day and from then on I knew even more clearly how special that connection is.
What animals do you currently own? I have a wonderful cat, Molly, who had been a semi-feral ranch cat. She is an absolute delight and loves being an indoor house cat.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? Bodies talk to me, they always have. I am also an intuitive massage therapist and certified Avesa Medical Intuitive. I look at the whole horse which includes environment, owner/rider relationship, the type of work the horse does as well as the emotional wellbeing of the horse. As I connect and work with the horse I help to relieve held trauma and then begin the unwinding process of physical issues. I work with the horse, at their pace and as they are ready as well as working with the owner to create a plan of between visit care to maximize the horse's recovery. It is amazing how much faster a horse can heal when their owner does the suggested follow through support.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? Find a bodywork practitioner that both you and your horse are comfortable with. If either of you are not comfortable it will not matter how good the practitioner is AND remember to take into account how quickly or not so quickly your horse takes to a new person. I love working with horses, this is my passion and heart song.
What message would you like to share with other who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? GO FOR IT!!!
This work is so important and needed and yet, many horse owners do not understand its value. Allow yourself to find the people and clients that DO appreciate you and your work and let the others find their own way. There is more than enough work for everyone.
Name: Gemma Morgan
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Certifications through Angel's Animals? I am an Equine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist & Equine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I've spent most of my life surrounded by animals, so the idea has always been there. When I first started riding lessons, I knew that's when I wanted to work with horses in some aspect. It wasn't until I was in school for human massage therapy when I kept ditching class to go to the barn, that I realised I should change my type of clientele and actually pursue them!
What animal influenced you the most growing up? Definitely horses! I'm not sure where I would be today without them, they have been a major part of my life for a long time now.
What animals do you currently own? I just have my very wonderful horse Archie. He only has one eye, which has created several muscular & structural imbalances throughout his body, so he's been a BIG inspiration for my massage business.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I try to take a whole mind & body approach to my clients horses. I also have my diploma in equine science, so to me it's not just looking at the muscles and working through a problem area, it's also the behaviour, diet, physiology, etc I have to look at.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? One of the things I see far too often is people underestimating or overlooking the power of massage. Trust me I get it, at first I too was like, massaging horses?? Really, are you crazy? But it really should be part of the average working horses wellness plan. I've had a lot of clients book me with horses they claim to not have problem areas, but end up messaging me days later saying they have a completely different horse (in a good way)!
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? If this is something you want to do, and you're willing to fight for it then absolutely go for it. I have loved every appointment and horse I have gotten to work with because of my business, but it is a lot of work. Just remember that you're starting your own business, and it can be rough but if you can put your all into it, it'll be a very rewarding career!
Name: Caitlin Looney
Location: Boston, Massachusetts and Nashua, New Hampshire
Certifications Through Angel's Animals: Equine Massage Course
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? I have always loved animals ever since I was a little kid! We had all kinds of animals from chickens to dogs to rabbits to guinea pigs to cats and so on! Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian but my career did not end up following that track. Instead, I found a way to give back and help animals feel their best through massage! I was involved in the local equine 4-H program growing up and did a presentation about equine massage, which I ended up presenting at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup! Since then, I have been extremely interested in equine massage and its endless benefits and decided to pursue my certification to make my aspirations become a reality.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? Horses for sure! I started taking lessons at the age of 6 which ignited a passion ever since! Horses are just incredibly patient, understanding, and they have so much to teach us regardless of breed, size, and performance. I would not be the rider or horsewoman I am today without the grace of my very first 4-H project horse Charlie.
What animals do you currently own? I still ride my senior 4-H project horse named Trace! He is a registered Paint Horse gelding and we do all around western events and some low level dressage (classical and western). I also have a guinea pig named Tobi and a rabbit named Juneau.
What makes your animal bodywork practice stand out? I have ridden in many programs and different disciplines ranging from 4-H, dressage, western all around events, saddleset, and collegiate hunt seat equitation in IHSA and AEL. Riding at such diverse levels, I appreciate all aspects of competition and equestrian pursuits from the retired school pony to the leisurely trail master to the high performing equine athlete. With my variety of employment experience from being a working student to working at a veterinary hospital in addition to my riding experience, I have gained a deep comprehension of what it takes to help a horse feel their best. I am extremely determined and passionate about improving the well being of all horses using equine massage, which drives my practice to be continuously learning and improving to provide top quality bodywork services.
What message would you like to share with potential clients? Equine massage therapy is beneficial to all equines no matter their competition level, discipline, age or breed! As the needs of a horse change throughout its life, so does the focus of bodywork. All horses are always using their muscles, joints, and body in so many different ways and equine massage therapy can help to reduce tension in any resulting stress areas. Please consider how equine massage can help your horse today! Feel free to browse our website extendequinemassage.com and connect with us to help your horse feel their best!
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career in animal bodywork? Pursuing animal bodywork is so rewarding and very worthwhile! It truly pays off to see the results and improve the wellbeing of so many animals. I wish that I had worked toward my certification earlier in life! It is always a great feeling to see horses release their tension, let out a yawn or sign of release, and then show improved performance after the session!
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!
Name: Candice Johnson
Location: Northeast Ohio
Certifications through Angel's Animals: Currently I have completed and received my certification in Holistic Equine Nutrition and am currently working toward certifications in Equine Massage, Craniosacral, Kinesiology, Laser and Light Therapy, and Animal Reiki!
When did you decide that you wanted to work with animals? Haha well from the age of three I was obsessed with horses and was always saving baby bunnies and birds. Many of my earliest memories as a child are of family pets. The most vivid memory being of riding a rodeo roping mare owned by a friend and coworker of my father's when I was around age four. From then on I was hooked! I always knew I wanted to work with animals and had started my path toward veterinary studies during high school. However, while volunteering for my local lesson barn, I witnessed one of the most gut wrenching events in my time with horses. It had been an unusually hot summer day and at some point late that evening a yearling filly had cast herself against her stall wall. We had successfully gotten her to her feet only to realize the worst was not over. The filly had gone down hard with severe colic and her owner had no way of getting to the stable to comfort and assist her. The stable owner and I took shifts hand walking the distraught filly waiting for the emergency vet to arrive. Hours and Hours had passed and still no vet. It was late now and dark outside as we attempted to make her as comfortable as possible. I remember massaging her face and back; anything to keep her from throwing herself to the ground. Finally, around 11pm the vet arrived to examine her. Despite all our combined efforts the yearling filly was humanely euthanized early the next morning. The vet concluded that she had twisted intestines and the damage at that point would have been irreversible even with surgery. Large portions of her intestine had begun to die from lack of blood flow and she was in unimaginable pain. Her owner had arrived just in time to receive the news in person and had asked if there was any way it could have been prevented. The vet sighed and replied unequivocally, yes. This filly had lived the majority of her short life confined to a stall waiting hours between meals. She was fed a large amount of high starch/sugar feed with a comparatively small amount of hay. The only exercise she received was a half hour vacation to the indoor arena long enough to have her stall cleaned daily or an hour of lunging/groundwork courtesy of her owner. This unfortunate filly endured a perfect storm of conditions that all contributed to her colic episode that ultimately led to her untimely death. She was so young. The moment the vet explained how all of these conditions lead to this colic episode would stay with me forever. Her diet, environment, and lack of species appropriate care, and her owners lack of education is what killed this filly. Her colic was an end stage symptom of many underlying health problems. From that day on I poured myself into learning everything I could about equine health and wellness so that I could educate horse owners in an effort to empower them to make life changing and saving decisions for the animals they love.
What animal influenced you the most growing up? Definitely horses! Three in particular come to mind. A very sweet and sensitive Chincoteague Pony gelding who I rode during lessons around the age of twelve. He was always so particular about how he was ridden and how his tack was fitted. He taught me so much about reading horses and recognizing when they are in discomfort or pain. He is the first horse who sparked my interest in learning about body work and the importance of saddle fit. Second is my stock grade gelding who has changed tremendously over the years through nutrition and understanding of equine biomechanics. When we met poor Top was the definition of a hot mess. He was beautiful and full of potential but unfortunately his body was in constant pain from head to hoof. He struggled with many hoof and back problems, it was a wonder the horse could even stand let alone walk. While he has spent his life with me unridden he has proved himself a great teacher and has helped many learn the importance of good care and putting the horse's wellbeing above riding goals. The third is my Spotted Draft mare Rose. Over the years we've been together she has taught me so many valuable lessons but it wasn't until she was diagnosed with PPID that my knowledge of equine health and wellness was put to the test. It's been five years now since her initial diagnosis and at age 24 Rose is going strong being supported and managed for her disease through diet, herbs, environment, and bodywork. We often get comments from vets on how great she looks and how it's difficult to tell she even has PPID just by looking at her! I've even been told by her vet that she is a poster child for what holistic care can do. High praise coming from a typical allopathic vet!
What animals do you currently own? All of them haha! I have four horses, two seniors and two youngsters, three rescue dogs and two very spoiled barn cats.
What makes your animal practice stand out? While I have not officially started my career in animal bodywork, I like to think that what will make my practice stand out is my passion and dedication to and for the horse not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well. As all animal lovers I think can agree, our animals are every bit as complex as we are and experience life on many plans much like we do. So for me it makes perfect sense to offer them support for whatever is off balance be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual in nature. I think one of the most beautiful aspects of Holistic Care is that as practitioners we have so many different arrows in our quiver with which to choose from and can approach a health issue from many different angles in an effort to bring the animal back into balance often in the most gentle way. I love being able to be hands on helping them feel their best so they can live happy and healthy!
What message would you like to share with potential clients? Our horses are often asked to give us their all and many do despite not feeling their best. Some will even continue to perform while in pain. Most don't realize they have a choice. Many are never offered one. As their caregivers it's up to us to be our horse's advocates and give them a voice. All animals benefit from proper nutrition and bodywork regardless of whether or not they are ridden, show or compete. They give us so much of themselves the very least we can do in return is offer them the best quality of life we can. It's my pleasure to offer holistic support for health and wellness to animals of all ages and stages!
What message would you like to share with others who are thinking about pursuing a career with animals? There's a lot to learn but it's absolutely worth it! There's no feeling quite like helping an animal release discomfort or pain with your own two hands or seeing the expression on their face when they realize you understand where it hurts. My favorite thing personally is a tie between witnessing the mental and emotional changes in horses who have lived with discomfort or pain, and seeing horses blossom with species appropriate nutrition. It never ceases to amaze me how seemingly small adjustments to the diet can change their life for the better and in some cases save it. Angel's Animals has made learning all these valuable therapy methods easy, fun, and most importantly for me accessible!
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