About Animal Therapies Unlimited
I enjoyed a very "horsey" Southland upbringing and was
involved in Pony Club and Showing from very young until age 14.
The racing industry then became a major attraction, and from ages
15 to 18 I rode trackwork, and learned many skills as a
stablehand. I initially worked for my mother, the late Mrs Gaynor
Goble, one of the first professional women TB trainers in New
Zealand, and later Brian Smith in Cambridge, of Balmerino fame.
I represented Southland in the last "International Ladies Race
Series" held in the Waikato just prior to women being approved as
I have managed to fit in some competitive equestrian pursuits over the years, and have enjoyed
much success at showjumping. A highlight being winning the NZ show jumping champs title 2009 in the 1.20 - 1.30m level on Spotswood, pictured top right... who sadly is now at 21 retired with sight problems.
I travel regularly in the North Canterbury area visiting clients horses with a wide range of problems. I also teach horse owners how to massage their own horses to improve their performance and comfort, and run 3 day certified Equine Touch clinics, which can lead students along the pathway of becoming equine therapists as a career choice.
I also regularly encourage students to come stay with me as working pupils and learn the hands on and practical aspects of rehabilitation work and many therapeutic modalities. I have enjoyed the company of some amazing and skilled students over the years, and keep in touch with them by email and facebook. Some are now practitioners in their own countries, or have gone on to successful competitive careers with horses.
This is a fun and hands on way to learn all the modalities, and we fit in plenty of outside riding activities for the students, with lovely forests at our doorstep and some competitions over summer for the more advanced riders.
Students enjoying the Hanmer Springs forest trails
We also take in the occasional show or fun competition day to reschool and rehab the project horses.
To Contact Us:
| Woodfield Equine Rehabilitation Centre, 415 Woodbank Road Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Phone 0800 452 642 or 0274 347 090 ph/text
or 03 315 5125 a/h