A NEW service to enable horse owners in the South East to access physical and behavioural therapy and advice for their horses has been launched by Anna Blunden in association with Chris Morris.
Their new partnership, called Whispering Equus, will combine their skills and qualifications in a service which offers to host courses, clinics and demonstrations at yards across Sussex and surrounding areas.
Anna, who has a masters degree in Animal Manipulation from the McTimoney College, and Chris, one of only eight qualified Monty Roberts Instructors in the UK, have got together to offer the new service which allows horse owners in the south east access to McTimoney physical therapy and behavioural therapy, helping to solve common issues.
Anna explained: “We decided to join forces after discovering that we were seeing clients with similar needs. We both have the same ethos for the management and care of animals.
“We are passionate about making a difference, not only for the good of the animal, but also for the safety and wellbeing of the owners, through advice and education. Horses can be dangerous and horse riding is widely accepted as a dangerous sport, but we see too many accidents that could be prevented using proper training and behaviour therapy or pain relieving physical therapy.”
Chris has returned from California this year, having worked directly alongside Monty Roberts, in front of prestigious clients.
He said: “Working alongside Monty at Flag is Up Farm was a privilege for his knowledge is immense. He always tries to think of innovative ways to help horses and their owners, my ambition is to continue his work, making the world a better place for horses.”
Anna originally trained as an animal sports massage therapist, but made the decision to train as a McTimoney manipulation therapist while helping a friend rehabilitate horses, including ex racehorses.
She explained: “I found massage extremely effective, but it needed to be applied regularly to have a lasting effect, in some cases everyday for a time. The McTimoney technique is gentle but effective, and well accepted by animals.”
Anna treats not just horses, but all animals and has seen for herself the benefits that dogs and cats can gain from treatment.
“Dogs and cats can benefit from treatment as much as horses. Lameness, even once the lameness had resolved, the compensatory pattern remains, getting your dog or cat treated at this stage can prevent injuries occurring due to the on-going compensatory pattern.
Whispering Equus is currently looking for venues to hold Monty Roberts courses, clinics and demonstrations, yard owners who would like to host an event are asked to contact Chris or Anna.
For more information see http://www.whisperingequus.co.uk/