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15/06/2024

For the 2024 Barrel Racing Season I have been sponsoring Dani Francis and Bear Creek Ranch‘s Watch Me J Corona. These two have been rocking it so far this season and the relationship between them is visible. Great work and good luck at the race in Coombs tomorrow!

Had a sunny weekend in Powell River and got to work with some new clients. Looking forward to seeing their progress over...
12/06/2024

Had a sunny weekend in Powell River and got to work with some new clients. Looking forward to seeing their progress over the next while!
Sessions available for your horses in Campbell River for the coming weekend of June 13-16 2024 and Coombs area on June 21-23.
I will be away in Germany for the month of July.

Pictured here is Gleann, one of my lovely Powell River clients.

Picture 1: April - soft but lumpy build-up under the skin on the left side of her body, not sensitive, no heat - possibl...
31/05/2024

Picture 1: April - soft but lumpy build-up under the skin on the left side of her body, not sensitive, no heat - possible lymphatic congestion/hematoma. Application: Lifting the outer layer of the skin increases the space in the tissue underneath, allowing blood and lymphatic fluid to flow more easily. The fingers on the fan tape gently recoil away from the swelling.
Picture 2: Charlie - Supporting the fetlock joint, suspensory ligament, and flexor tendon.

Attended a great Kinesiology taping clinic with Rachel Gedaliya this weekend! Looking forward to integrate this awesome ...
20/05/2024

Attended a great Kinesiology taping clinic with Rachel Gedaliya this weekend! Looking forward to integrate this awesome tool into my work. Thank you so much for coming Rachel and thank you KC Equine Wellness and Danielle Delage for hosting and offering the workshop!

Kinesiology taping can assist horses (and us!) with the following 🐎 :

- releases fascial restrictions
- softens scar tissue
- assists with biomechanical and
proprioceptive imbalances
- provides feedback to the brain
- helps to improve range of motion
- supports unstable joints
- relaxes or assists muscles
- evacuates fluid in lymphedema cases

Working with my friend’s sweet mare in the sunshine yesterday ☀️
19/04/2024

Working with my friend’s sweet mare in the sunshine yesterday ☀️

I wanted to warmly introduce my oldest client. Meet Zipper, soon to be turning 30 years old! Zipper is enjoying his gold...
05/03/2024

I wanted to warmly introduce my oldest client. Meet Zipper, soon to be turning 30 years old! Zipper is enjoying his golden years on pasture in Powell River and I am happy to be part of his care team and enhancing his vitality during our monthly sessions. It is truly heart-warming to see all the attention, respect and care that his person is putting towards this handsome guy, highlighting the important message that senior horses should take a front seat in our priorities. While their golden years of investing into and being there for us may be over (are they though?), it is now their time to have favours returned to them tenfold.

I wanted to work with Roam in the arena the other day and while he was already in there, I went back to the barn to grab...
02/03/2024

I wanted to work with Roam in the arena the other day and while he was already in there, I went back to the barn to grab something. I returned only a couple minutes later and this is how I found him. I watched him for a little while and he seemed to be in a deep place of rest. I continued on with other tasks and had to still "wake him up" 40 minutes later. We never know when our horses need some extra time for themselves or when they need additional time of rest. If it crosses our path, I feel it is important that we -where possible - pivot, adjust, and let them be.

04/02/2024

Another amazing testimonial for our Equine Cranial Therapy Certification program. From one of our recent graduates Julia Willemsen of Equine Link - Connect your Horse. We are grateful to attract practitioners that are so deeply invested in their personal and professional development. Thank you for 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 to this profound work and for the contributions you are making to the profession. We are so proud to have you representing us!

Excited to share that I have officially completed my certification in Equine Cranial Sacral Therapy through EQ Therapeut...
18/01/2024

Excited to share that I have officially completed my certification in Equine Cranial Sacral Therapy through EQ Therapeutics. This modality is especially valuable as the cranial sacral system is connected to all other systems in the body, promoting the parasympathetic nervous system response. I find that horses feel very safe when offered this type of work. With cranial sacral therapy I can access the body as the interconnected unit that it forms and the depth of its reach include working with neural connections, restoring and improving fluid flow and vitality, and releasing restrictions to nerve transmissions. Thank you to EQ Therapeutics and Alexa Linton for your efforts to provide access to this valuable education.

Photo credit: Free to Be Equine Photo

Balance and Energy ~ Had a great time learning from Josh Nichol of Josh Nichol Relational Horsemanship about the importa...
18/11/2023

Balance and Energy ~ Had a great time learning from Josh Nichol of Josh Nichol Relational Horsemanship about the importance of putting a feel into the things we do (not just with our horses), body mapping our equine partners to detect stored tension and how we, with congruency within us, can help them release that tension.

Thank you, Kaiti of Free to Be Equine Photo for your time and keen eye while working with Roam, Phoenix, and I. Being a ...
27/10/2023

Thank you, Kaiti of Free to Be Equine Photo for your time and keen eye while working with Roam, Phoenix, and I. Being a friend and equine bodyworker herself, I can only highly recommend Kaiti‘s photography services to anyone working in the equine industry. Kaiti‘s calm and patient energy made it very easy to work as if no one was watching.

On a beautiful early autumn day, I collaborated with the lovely Julia of Equine Link - Connect your Horse on her branding photos. Julia is a talented equine therapist from Campbell River and we had an absolute blast photographing her with her equine partner, Roam, as well as throughout some bodywork sessions to capture a wide variety of images for her new website (coming soon!). Thank you so much, Julia, for trusting me to bring out the best in you for this important shoot! I'm so pleased with the images that we created together.

Had a great get-together with Vancouver Island‘s Equine therapists at KC Equine Wellness home in Duncan yesterday! It fe...
22/10/2023

Had a great get-together with Vancouver Island‘s Equine therapists at KC Equine Wellness home in Duncan yesterday!
It felt like each of us is a puzzle piece that forms one big picture! Looking forward to more gatherings and informative collaboration!

I have a few appointments available for October 1st (Sunday) and October 2nd (Monday), as well as the weekend of October...
28/09/2023

I have a few appointments available for October 1st (Sunday) and October 2nd (Monday), as well as the weekend of October 7th and 8th.
The Powell River Trip on October 13th and 14th is fully booked, please contact me if you would like to be on the list for the next trip.

03/09/2023

"The feeling of safety is the treatment" - Dr. Steven Porges

Only when we feel safe in our bodies and our surroundings, can positive change have a long-lasting effect.
When working with your horse, it is my priority to create the feeling of safety. For this, I need to access and positively influence the nervous system.
The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for rest and relaxation in the body. It allows for proper digestion and also provides the base for going into connection with others.
The vagus nerve is the main driver for these responses. When it is supple and unrestricted, the physical, parasympathetic responses can freely do their job.
This nerve runs from the jugular foramen (between the occiput and temporal bone), down the neck, enters the thorax, innervates the heart, lungs, and the all important diaphragm (breath, my friend!), and terminates in the organs of digestion.
I marked its pathway on Roam for you to see.

Through injury, trauma, compensation patterns or a diaphragm that is not functioning properly, this nerve can become compressed or twisted anywhere along its pathway.

Have a look at the video to see what a treatment of the vagus nerve can look like.

I completed my cranial-sacral therapy Level 1 and 2 practicals and exams with an amazing group of colleagues and instruc...
26/08/2023

I completed my cranial-sacral therapy Level 1 and 2 practicals and exams with an amazing group of colleagues and instructors this past week. Excited to weave my acquired skills into upcoming sessions with your horses!

Spent the last days on the mainland, expanding my knowledge and feel with incredibly talented colleagues. So lucky to ha...
23/08/2023

Spent the last days on the mainland, expanding my knowledge and feel with incredibly talented colleagues. So lucky to have such a great group supporting each other!

Wishing our Level 2 cohort best of luck with their final exams tomorrow! It’s been an unforgettable week ❤️

My colleague Kaiti and I joined forces today, preparing for our upcoming cranial-sacral therapy workshops. We were suppo...
08/08/2023

My colleague Kaiti and I joined forces today, preparing for our upcoming cranial-sacral therapy workshops. We were supported by Jack Skullington and very adorable mini goats.

We often encounter tasks or need to make decisions that we would rather have someone else do for us. For whatever reason...
25/07/2023

We often encounter tasks or need to make decisions that we would rather have someone else do for us. For whatever reason, we feel resistance or our minds tell us that we might not be very capable to do certain things. Often, someone else makes us rise to the challenge and creates a scenario where we cannot delegate the responsibility off to other people anymore. These 'someones' often are our children, partners, or animals. Someone that is close to us, that we cannot ignore or pretend the issue does not exist. And so we rise. And we try. And we fail. And we try again - for them. Funny how they make us discover our own skills, because they know we can do so much of that we think we can not. And we are capable. And we can own that responsibility.
I just get by more often than not at trimming Roam's hooves. Luckily, I have other professionals who tell me when I miss the mark!
And I will let you know when the day comes that I am really good at it :-)

A horse that I have not introduced previously is Nellie. I leased her for several years in Germany before leaving for Ca...
19/06/2023

A horse that I have not introduced previously is Nellie. I leased her for several years in Germany before leaving for Canada.
She was a Quarter Horse, my favourite breed. She was bay, my favourite colour. She was a trained Reining Horse, my favourite discipline back then. She was level-headed, intelligent, brave, curious, and came with the sweetest disposition.
When her owner decided to sell her, she gave me first dips. It was a really hard decision to say no. But I could not see me ever giving her up when going to Canada. And I could not ever see me not going to Canada. Someone else bought her a few weeks later.
Two years after immigrating, in 2013, I sadly received the news that Nellie had passed away. Broke her leg out on the pasture.

We never know how long our horses walk with us on our path. We just got to trust the path.

As it turns out, Roam reflects many similiar qualities that made Nellie special. And when I count my blessings, I always count him twice.

Thank you Kaiti of Free to Be Equine Services for spending this sunny day with me, including attending a sound bath, gre...
05/06/2023

Thank you Kaiti of Free to Be Equine Services for spending this sunny day with me, including attending a sound bath, great conversation on the beach, and lunch! So valuable to connect with fellow therapists in the industry.

Spent the last few days working on horses in Powell River. How cute is this little pony - Talulah? And handsome Hawk is ...
21/05/2023

Spent the last few days working on horses in Powell River. How cute is this little pony - Talulah?
And handsome Hawk is officially all grown up!

The Trigeminal Nerve - This nerve is often compromised in horses that struggle with head-shaking, are difficult to bridl...
30/04/2023

The Trigeminal Nerve - This nerve is often compromised in horses that struggle with head-shaking, are difficult to bridle and halter, chew on the bit, or are sensitive in the poll.
A complex nerve with three branches responsible for bringing sensation to the head and face, as well as proper motor function of the chewing muscles.

Very excited to have my colleague Kaiti of Free to Be Equine Services relocate to the island. She will be a fantastic an...
28/02/2023

Very excited to have my colleague Kaiti of Free to Be Equine Services relocate to the island. She will be a fantastic and valuable addition to the Islands horse industry.
Kaiti and I have been completing Level 1 and 2 of Equine Cranial Sacral studies together and will be going through the certification course and final Level 3 this fall.

Well, this is a BIG announcement and the realization of a dream a very long time in the making. It has been a personal goal of mine for much of my life to move to Vancouver Island. When I met my husband Mike seven years ago, that dream became shared by the two of us.

Over the last several years, Mike and I have been hard at work building our respective businesses. Between that and the challenges presented worldwide the last couple of years, making the move was shoved to the backburner for a long time. While there is never a perfect time to make a life changing decision, the stars aligned in such a way that we felt ready to make this leap. And as of April 1st, it's really truly happening!

To address the two big questions!

✨️ What is happening with my Mainland clients?

I sent an email to my client list a few days ago explaining the details. If you did not receive it, please message me - I may not have your up to date contact information. In the email I explain that I will be making trips back to visit my current clients and their horses, how to make sure you are contacted when that happens, and what to do if you need bodywork when I can't be there. Please make sure to reply to that email if you want to be contacted about future trips. And if you did reply and are still waiting to hear back, I'm working away at replying, and you will hear from me soon!

✨️ Will I be taking on new clients on the island?

Yes, I absolutely will be building a clientele on the island and I am so excited to meet new people and horses in our beautiful new home base. If you're interested in my services on the island, please reach out and we can talk! More information will be coming out closer to our move (April 1st).

Thank you SO much for all of the kind words and encouragement from my existing clients as well as the warm welcome I've been receiving from the horse industry on the island so far. I feel very loved and supported.

Building Free to Be here in the Lower Mainland has also been a dream turned to reality. There are no words to describe the depth of gratitude that I have. I can't wait for what the future holds for Free to Be, but I am also thankful for what got me here. ❤️

Beautifully said by a fellow therapist! “I don’t know where I am going, but I know exactly how to get there.”
05/01/2023

Beautifully said by a fellow therapist!
“I don’t know where I am going, but I know exactly how to get there.”

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I know exactly how to get there “ from The Lion Trackers Guide To Life, by Boyd Varty

When I heard this quote, my heart beat a little bit louder. The simplicity of the realness in this statement is profound. We do not need to know where we will end up so long as we claim our ability to take the first step, which then leads to the next step, leading to again, another step.

The sense of releasing into the fear of the unknown and knowing that we have the freedom to choose the steps that will guide us through a life that we love. We can all take one step. One small simple step that will lead to that next step. We do not need to know where we will end up so long as we maintain a clear vision, live in the present moment, and do the work that is right in front of us.

This quote came to me in divine right timing as I am working very hard towards a complete website rebrand and the sharing of exciting new directions the business is going. Moments of overwhelm have been frequent but the knowing that I must only take one step at a time is releasing.

This understanding can also profoundly shape our relationship with our horses if we are able to release expectations and simply listen for guidance on the next step. We do not need to plan out the next five, ten, or twenty years but rather exist in a present space and time with them and then marvel at what unfolds!

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Fantastic and insightful webinar, merging more puzzle pieces together! Thank you for facilitating The Equine Documentali...
12/12/2022

Fantastic and insightful webinar, merging more puzzle pieces together! Thank you for facilitating The Equine Documentalist Equine Performance Development Training - Wild Magic LLC

10/12/2022

Winter? Vitamin E?

Roam is enjoying his mash on this stormy winter evening (I love storms!)
Vitamin E is a staple supplement in his diet. Several factors speak for this, the main one being that he came to me with chronic laminitis and is therefore mostly on an all-hay diet.

Here is the scoop on Vitamin E in a quick nut-shell:
☆ Essential nutrient - meaning it cannot be made by the body and our horses must obtain it from the diet
☆ Fresh pasture is the greatest source of Vitamin E
☆ When fresh pasture is not readily available, Vitamin E can easily become deficient
☆ Vitamin E levels in hay drop by 70% within the first week of cutting and the longer the hay is stored, the more nutrient content is lost
☆ Signs of deficiency:
Dry or damaged coat
Sore muscles
Lack of energy
☆ Natural Vitamin E supplement versus synthetic: Look for d-alpha-tocopherol
☆ On average, a 1200 lb horse needs 500 IU - 1000 IU of Vitamin E daily
☆ More Vitamin E is needed for horses that are underweight, insulin resistant or suffer from laminitis

Winter mornings are beautiful and are one of my favourite things!I spent some time this morning to offer all the horses ...
05/12/2022

Winter mornings are beautiful and are one of my favourite things!
I spent some time this morning to offer all the horses at the farm warm water.

A study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania revealed that horses will drink up to 40% more in the winter when offered warm water.

The winter weather and freezing temperatures often cause decreased water intake in our horses, even though horses usually drink between 30-50 liters within 24 hrs.
Our horses need to keep drinking in the cold weather to support the processes of the body and especially to prevent impaction colic.

Ways to encourage your horse to stay hydrated:
☆ Increase salt intake (horses should get ~2 tablespoons a day)
☆ Feed mashes (e.g. soaked hay pellets or similar, this will add
fluids into their system)
☆ Use electric water heaters as seen in the third picture
☆ For the real tricky ones: add flavour, such as apple juice

We had an amazing weekend supporting the Masterson Method weekend course in Oyster River this weekend! Roam was a fantas...
16/08/2022

We had an amazing weekend supporting the Masterson Method weekend course in Oyster River this weekend! Roam was a fantastic demo horse and I enjoyed passing on my knowledge to a great group of horse women! Thank you to Lori Hoppe for having Roam and me to assist you! The Masterson weekend course is one of my favourite courses to recommend to horse owners!

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