• Amy Eastwood

The Start of an Exciting Journey

The end of April was the start of an exciting journey for me. After months of hard work, I finally found out I had passed all my exams with 93% and was a fully qualified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. I have always had a deep passion for everything horses and after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Equine Management in 2015 I had put my desired career with horses on hold to make the life changing move from Kent to Hampshire. Once settled, I decided to pursue this dream and finally specialise.

Once I had got my certificate through I got the ball rolling immediately and picked up clients quickly. I have since had the pleasure of treating everything from my own two dressage warmbloods, a show-jumping Irish sports horse, a large dressage warmblood and 4-year old dressage warmblood, two smaller horses/pony and a slightly older chap. Each case has been completely different to last with equally rewarding and fantastic outcomes. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching clients achieving amazing results out competing, with Laura Mitchell coming 5th at her first ever dressage event on her show-jumping boy Calvin, to Andrea Benskin winning both her affiliated Medium tests. Equally rewarding is hearing how much better each horse has felt after their treatments in their ridden work.

It is challenging juggling working full time, treating horses and training and competing my two horses but I would not swap it for the world. Somehow, I have managed to squeeze in a show with both Woody and Zeta. Zeta hadn’t been out for a month and was what I initially thought as fairly hot in the warm up, I later realised that it was not the case. Anyhow, she managed to hold it together up until the last canter where we had a mini explosion. We managed a 66.92% test just 2.5 marks shy of a win to finish 3rd. The following weekend I took Woody to his first affiliated advanced at Sparsholt. The heat was up and the pollen out which for Woody is his worst conditions for competing. He didn’t let me down and tried his hardest for me at all times and it showed. We had four blips in our test which were expensive and meant we were 3 marks short of the score we needed to qualify to compete Prix St George, finishing 2nd on 61.3%. I was elated with the result. Unfortunately, Zeta was having saddle troubles which has resulted in a break for her and I cannot thank our amazing physio sponsor Rachel Quinn Veterinary Physiotherapy for coming out for an emergency treatment for Zeta. After messaging Rachel Saturday, she was there Monday evening to help us. It is so important to have a great team around you and both my horses and I are incredibly lucky to have Rachel working with us.

I have a busy Bank Holiday treating lots of lovely horses back in Kent and can’t wait to meet them all.

Until next time x

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