Horses have been intriguing to many people for thousands of years. Have you wanted to work or be with horses and not sure where to gain any practical experience?
This course is designed for the individual who wants to become involved with horses, but does not have any prior experience. Laid out in multiple sections, Discovering Horses, is designed to help the student gain practical skills such as understanding basic equine behaviors, understanding the equestrian world, basic horse handling skills and important safety protocols when with horses.
A perfect start for anyone considering riding lessons, working with horses as a bodyworker or volunteering with an equine organization. There are a few assignments, videos and quizzes to help solidify the information in your brain. You will have access to the course organizer via email at anytime. Participants are encouraged at the end of the course to set up a zoom conference call with Christine to discuss your steps forward.
Join us in the world of discovering horses. Your equine future self is waiting!
.CHRISTINE WALKER, LMT, NBCAAM Certified Equine Massage Therapist - ASSISTANT DIRECTOR.
Born and raised in Northern Pennsylvania, Christine grew up riding hunter/jumpers and retraining thoroughbreds to be hunters as a working student. She obtained a B.A. in Equine Business from Midway University in 2000 and a Medical Massage Therapist Certification in 2007 from Blue Heron Academy. She was on both the Open hunt seat and stock seat IHSA riding teams and served as the team captain three consecutive years at Midway and also served as a Student barn manager three years.
Christine has worked, ridden, and educated in many facets of the equine industry, including thoroughbred racing, hunter/jumpers, dressage, reining, and eventing. Her primary focus of her degree in college was working within the nonprofit industry and a strong interest in rules and regulations of competitive equine sports. She has worked in the offices of the United States Pony Clubs, United States Equestrian Federation, International Hunter Futurity, and the United States Dressage Federation.
Her massage career began when a career opportunity for her husband moved them to Indiana. Massage as a profession has had Christine working alongside chiropractors, other massage therapists and spa owners. She has been an employee and has owned her own practice. In 2019-2020, she helped establish the Massage Academy of Therapeutic Indulgence in South Bend, IN. She joined the School of Applied Integrative Therapy in the spring of 2020 and now has a thriving equine and human massage practice, specializing in the equine/human athlete connection.