My Background with Horses

I started riding when I was five years old on my painted pony named Chaquita and quickly developed a passion for horses while trail riding through fields and the backwoods. I often rode bareback which enabled me to develop an independent seat. I have trained and participated in the Arabian show circuit with Paula Paglia currently of Paula Paglia Dressage, located in Scottsdale, AZ. I currently continue to train with Paula. My love and passion for horses has enabled me to keep my close connection to them, even if it meant freezing cold temperatures while driving horse drawn sleighs.

I have rekindled my relationship with horses and intend to fully integrate them into my therapeutic career for the benefit of horse and rider. My course of study includes training with Sabrina Kahoutek in Mary Schreibers Equissage Program, which has enabled me to become a certified equine massage therapist. I have also trained in Brad Cameron's colt starting workshop to refine my colt starting skills. In addition, included in my studies are the works of Karen Scholl of Horsemanship for Women, and I now use many of her techniques. It is of utmost importance to me in working with horses to develop trust and leadership through the use of respect, patience, and consistency.