For the BodyAny pain or discomfort that a horse feels will affect their attitude, their athletic ability, their behavior, and eventually their soundness. 

If patterns of pain, tight muscles, and crookedness aren't corrected, they can start to tear down the horse's body.  This can happen from crookedness that they were born with, old injuries, sports related strains, poor saddle fit, and hoof imbalances, just to name a few.  Physical issues often show up as behavioral problems that just don't seem to get better with training.

For the horses that belong to my clients, I can improve training results by supporting the horse's body in a variety of ways. The horse's veterinarian is always consulted first to treat any lameness issues.  The support that I offer is part of the horse and rider's training, in the way any athlete would take care of their body.

I always refer clients out to vets or specialists in each field for major lameness issues.



Light & Sound Therapy

Jack PadThese non-invasive, non-prescription devices offer so many benefits for animals and people that I can't even begin to list them here!  They are the "go-to" source of relief for everyone in our two-legged and four-legged family.

I use the Pain Free Pad System for near infrared, infrared, and blue light, along with Nogier frequencies.  And I use two hand-held lights for small areas and acupoints.

They can be applied directly to injuries and training related stress areas, and they can be used to activate acupoints used in acupressure and acupuncture. Photonic Health makes some of the most powerful equipment on the market and gets phenominal results. Read the many jaw-dropping case studies HERE.

(I am not affiliated with or liscensed by Photonic Health.)

Gymnastics & Body Work

bodywork gymnasticsIssues like tight muscles, spasms from pinched nerves, strains & sprains, and adhesions cause problems for our equine athletes in training.  Even the best training programs will fall short, if the horse isn't physically ready for the lessons.

High-level human athletes have wellness programs and coaches to make sure that these issues get addressed along the way in training, so that their health and performance don't suffer.  I do this for my equine athletes.

I use gymnastic exercises that target specific areas of the horse's body to strengthen and stretch while in motion.  I also use standing stretches, massage, and soft tissue mobilization to increase blood flow, release muscles, and promote mental relaxation.

Hoof Care

Great Hoof 450x338Since hoof balance has so much effect on the way a horse uses their entire body, I consult with the farriers and timmers of my training horses.  Their work affects my work, and visa versa.  It's a team effort.

There are times when I offer barefoot trimming services for clients.  Occassionally young horses come to me who are badly in need of hoof care and have behavioral issues standing for a trim.  I can address both training and trimming at the same time, over multiple sessions. 

If a horse is barefoot and in training, I can also make balance and breakover adjustments to improve a horse's movement and maximize gymnastic training.  It can be done every couple of weeks in between a regular 6 week trimmer schedule.  This is especially helpful if we are trying to correct a crooked horse.  This is done in agreement with the regular trimmer after consultation.

Saddle Fitting

SaddleFittingSaddle fitting should be an ongoing part of every horse's care.  The shape of their backs change as they mature, as they build muscle through training, and as their weight naturally fluctuates through the seasons.

In my experience, poorly fitting saddles cause more damage to horses' bodies and more behavioral issues than anything else.  The amount of pain that can be caused by pinching and pressure points is extreme and can easily cause irreversable damage over time. 

I am constantly evaluating the way every horse moves, any changes in their topline, and the placement and padding of the saddle.  If there is a need for adjustments to the saddle itself, I will recommend a professional saddle fitter or another saddle.


Next Event

Each workshop will focus on learning 2 New Pattern Exercises that will improve your horse’s relaxation, straightness, and impulsion. AND... everyone does a MUSICAL FREESTYLE with the patterns at the end!


* Movements that are put together into effective combinations

* Great for every skill level. The difficulty level can be easily adjusted for each horse and rider

* Creative and fun, but challenging enough to bring real training improvement

* Perfect for improving test elements without over-drilling the actual test


Only 6 Riders per Workshop
For a fun, supportive setting with individual attention.

3 Hours Long & Goes Fast!
A mix of discussion, individual riding, and controlled group riding, with musical freestyles at the end!

Printed Copies of the Exercises
Take home copies of the exercises, so you don’t forget. Start a notebook!

No Two are Alike!
Every workshop is different with new exercises and discussions.


Classical Naturally

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5544 Sportsman Club Rd NW, Johnstown, OH 43031

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