Firstly I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read my website!
I wanted to use this first post to introduce myself and what I'm all about. My love of horses and all things furry started at the grand age of 5. Much to my Dad's dismay, whilst on a "once in a lifetime" trip to Australia my Mum and I set off on a horse riding trail. After wading through rivers as deep as the saddle flaps, and weaving in and out of the rainforest all day....I was hooked! Once we were home, I started my riding education at Somerby Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire and rode there until I got my first pony at 14 years old, Galaxy. We had many years of fun until my beloved companion fell fowl of Navicular Syndrome, which presented severely and catastophically in Galaxy's case, and despite multiple surgeries it became clear the damage done was too severe to repair. I took a bit of time out from horses at this point, but after only a couple of months I couldn't keep away and took on a loan pony Candy. From there, I really fell into buying my next horse in 2013 having seen an advert for her posted by my instructor at the time Jess Butler. I wasn't in the market for buying a horse at that point, but after some persuasion by Jess I went to look at Misty and fell instantly in love. She had a face like butter wouldn't melt and was so straight forward to ride and jump, I knew she was exactly what I needed!!
I'd say my competitive streak was developing from a young age, but it wasn't until I got Misty that things really ramped up. She has been my horse of a lifetime, as has taken me to places I could never have dreamed of including Badminton Grassroots (now called The Misubishi Motors Cup) in 2015, Blenheim Palace Amateur Dressage Championships in 2015, and most recently the BD Winter Championships in 2018. But, as with all success stories, it has been one marred with set-backs and problems. In 2015 Misty was diagnosed with proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD), and mild over-riding dorsal spinous processes (kissing spines). I was devastatedm, thinking our dreams would be over, but with some effective treatment from Neal at Oakham Vets and continual management and rehabilitation, Misty is fighting fit. We stepped away from eventing at the end of 2016, finishing on a top 10 placing at my last event, and registered for BD in 2017 soon finding our new area of expertise in Dressage.
The constant battle with Misty's issues is really what sparked my desire to study Vet Physio. As you will see from my "About Us" page, my undergraduate study started in Equine Sport Science and Psychology, from which I graduated with First Class Honours BSc in 2013. This was the perfect stepping stone to postgraduate education in Veterinary Physiotherapy, and I was accepted onto the MSc course at Harper Adams in 2016. After 2 years of serious (and I do mean serious!) hard graft working full time hours until recently in a 9-5 job and studying in my weekends and evenings, I am graduating from Harper Adams University on Friday with a PgD with Distinction in Veterinary Physiotherapy. This is the highest grading you can achieve, and honestly is the thing I am most proud of in my life so far. My ambition is to publish some research for my MSc which I am starting in 2020, and I'd love to achieve a PhD thereafter so I can provide the highest standard of care to my clients, and be able to prove that it is effective.
So - want to have your horse treated by an ambitious and driven person, who will stop at nothing to give the best treatment to your horse or dog (and her own!!)? Then get in touch as I'd love to help you.