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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: 

 

Equine Sports Massage is not a substitute for veterinary attention.  All work carried out is in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, which states that veterinary consent must be approved before working on any animal. 

I will also not be able to work on the horse if there are any signs of lameness/ significant gait abnormality. Your veterinarian should be your first point of contact for any major concerns.

Please contact Lily for a veterinary consent form, which should be completed prior to any work.  

About Lily

 "I absolutely LOVE my job and am passionate about helping horses  to lead fit, healthy and pain-free lives.

Although I enjoy competing and ridden work, I have always had an interest in ground work and rehabilitation. After completing my A levels, took a fantastic stable management course at Writtle University College which inspired me to develop my understanding of the horse in further detail.

 

I worked on eventing, dressage, showjumping and hunt yards where I was involved with the healing of a great deal of injuries and was always volunteering to be involved in the rehabilitation programmes despite the gradual hard work that was involved.
When I was 20, I volunteered for 2 months at a retraining and rehabilitation race yard in Newmarket, where I was lucky enough assist veterinarians who were performing  ultrasound and shockwave therapy. 

I qualified from a degree in Equine Sports Therapy with Rehabilitation BSc (Hons) at Writtle University College in 2018. 

The course consisted of both practical and training elements. My knowledge developed a huge amount due to subjects which included:

  • Animal therapeutic techniques

  • Biomechanics

  • Business skills

  • Exercise physiology

  • Extrinsic factors effecting performance

  • Pathophysiology

  • Rehabilitation and performance

  • Research

  • Complementary therapies

  • Equitation physiology and psychology

  • Remedial massage

  • Sport massage

  • Anatomy and physiology

 

I used therapeutic modalities, including pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, low level laser therapy, kinesiotaping and a hydrotherapy walker (aqua treadmill).

My gait evaluation and palpation skills developed significantly during the course and during my work on a case study horse Hugo, I was able to put many practical skills to use  during each phase of healing. Our group were noticed for the degree of effort we put in.

Having been in the industry for many years, working a variety of competition horses, I had a growing interest in the use of different training aids and their physical effect on the horse.

 

 My dissertation (final year project) was written on two different training aids which included the pessoa and the side reins and how they vary in rein tension. I investigated how the training aids made a difference to the horses gait movement on the lunge. I measured the rein pressure with a device called the 'Telerein'. I found that the most amount of rein tension was caused by the pessoa and that rein tension altered the horse's stride. 

 

Supplementary to my degree, I completed an  Equinology® Equine Bodyworker certification. The combination of both a degree-level award and a professional massage qualification ensures that I can practice as an Equine Sports Therapist following graduation. 

I plan to  attend courses throughout my career in order to have a larger range of therapies to apply for the individual horse.

Other courses that I plan to attend in the short-term include the Equinology® Myofascial Release and kinesio taping and thermography training with equitherm."