My first experience with an Icelandic horse was at a young age when a family friend brought us along to an Icelandic horse stud. Being a little girl it didn’t take much for me to be completely hooked and not long after that visit my first riding lesson was happening. The mare’s name was Bára, which is Icelandic for wave, and she was the perfectly reliable horse for a child. The not-so-child-friendly reliever riding teacher tried to get me to do diagonal changes but, since I couldn’t read the letters on the signs yet, I had absolutely no idea where to go. It didn’t bother me at all that I didn’t meet the frustrated teacher’s requests, and in a childlike manner I just ignored him and kept riding happily all over the show. I still remember this day very vividly and how I enjoyed the fact that this gentle creature let me have an unforgettable first ride on her strong back.
Years later, I have become the person who teaches people in the arena, but as much as I am into my biomechanics I still remind my students (and myself!) about how it feels to ride like a child – simply being in the flow and feeling thankful for the moment with the horse rather than having an actual goal in mind.
Lucky enough I didn’t live far from that big Icelandic horse stud and soon weekends and holidays were spent riding, working and competing. Numerous Icelandic trainers came regularly to hold clinics and I was lucky enough to have the chance to train with some of the best Icelandic horse trainers out there. After spending two years in Iceland I decided to go to a warm country for a change and work with show jumpers in Australia. I have always enjoyed working with other horse breeds and disciplines, but at the end of the day the challenge of working Icelandic horses in their special gaits is what fascinates me the most.
My journey towards becoming an Equine Bodyworker started when one of my horses injured herself badly and we were out of ridden work for a while. During that time I developed a strong interest in groundwork and lungeing according to biomechanical principles. This was followed by further education in equine massage and bodywork, horse dissections and clinics about biomechanics. Since injuries were unfortunately a regular part of my own life, I have developed a particular interest in rider and horse asymmetry and how to influence it with training and bodywork. I am a life-long learner and always seek growth and development. My dream for the future is to study equine rehabilitation and veterinary physiotherapy.