I have ridden since a young age and have experience of competing in many equine disciplines, as a result of which I can understand a rider’s description of a problem they are having with regards to a particular dressage move or specific schooling/jumping issue. I was the resident Veterinary Physiotherapist at two separate polo clubs – Ashfield’s (Essex) and Rugby (Warwickshire) and am therefore experienced in dealing with the physical challenges/problems encountered by competition/athletic horses.
The variety of horses I treat now, however, ranges from high level competition horses through to riding club, pony club ponies and leisure horses. You may see my cheeky terrier “Zippy” accompanying me on my rounds and occasionally Harper Adams University MSc students on day placements.
My commitment to education means I am just as happy providing a talk to my local pony club or riding club, as I am lecturing and examining on the MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy course at Harper Adams University where I am an associate lecturer. I have also been voted onto the Executive Committee for The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) for the last 7 years.