Clare Andrew is a fully insured, certified Equine Myofunctional Therapist (National College of Traditional Medicine) and member of the Small Animal and Equine Naturopathic Association (SAENA). She has completed Reiki 1 and Animal Reiki 1 and Dr Kellon’s NRC Plus course in Equine Nutrition, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Equine Science through Charles Sturt University, as well as Dr Kellon’s Nutrition as Therapy, Equine Cushings and Insulin Resistance and Nutrition for Performance Horses. She is also a Vet Nurse.
Clare lives in Meadows, SA with her horse (and very tolerant teacher/guinea pig) Aston.
“Growing up as a typical horse addict, I had big ambitions of becoming an amazing rider. However, over time I began to witness physical, emotional and behavioural patterns in many horses that didn’t seem to be enjoying their ridden lives. The experience of serious physical problems in my own body really drove home how disempowering chronic pain can be, and for a time I couldn’t reconcile riding with being a responsible horse person.
Eventually I came to realise that even though I wasn’t riding, there were not necessarily fewer sore horses (maybe some fatter ones)! This led me to more actively pursue training in several healing modalities, including horse massage, and taught me to appreciate the myriad of causes for muscular pain.
Working as a manual therapist, I never cease to be amazed at the level of trauma most horses carry in their bodies, and how stoic and generous they remain!
If your horse has started behaving badly, you are one of the lucky ones! The horses that develop behavioural problems are the ones that teach us the most and lead us to new teachers. Keep an open mind and always listen to your horse!”