About

Liz Douglas: Owner; C.E.S.M.T.; BSc.;
FEI PET
Licensed Equine Therapist

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I have experience with a variety of equine athletes, including: FEI (jumpers & dressage); USEA; USDF; USHJA; Graded Stakes; Breeders Cup; Derby/Oaks runners; USDF National Champions; & USEF Pony Final Champions. I also work with young horses for sales prep & development.

I collaborate with your team to enhance horse performance, behavior and well being. I look forward to meeting you to see if we could be a good fit!

Background

My horse background started in Chester Springs, PA as an apprentice under Ginny Orr, TB Exercise Rider & Show Jumper. 
I showed some, but preferred hacking about the countryside on my Chestnut TB, Roger (pic above).

After a detour away from horses, I found myself once again working with them as the Equine Care Specialist for a Therapeutic Riding Organization. This position presented me with a variety of breeds displaying confounding "issues" so I enrolled in an equine sports massage certification course.

I combined physio methods with manual techniques and noted that our horses behaved and performed better. I took several more educational workshops, experimented with exercise therapy strategies, and customized a program called "movement sculpting".  Encouraged by the positive results, I started MEND Equine Massage & Bodywork and began taking on outside clients.

Business Development

After some time, I moved to Kentucky to obtain a University degree in Equine Health & Rehabilitation. I trained under vets, managers and therapists and worked for others before rebranding as MEND.HORSE LLC.
 

I have been fortunate to work with stellar athletes, vets, chiropractors, trainers, and consignors throughout the country. I am absolutely in love with this work and my clients. I am constantly taking new courses in equine musculoskeletal health and keeping on top of new trends in this growing field.

I spend most of my free time with my OTTB (pic above). I helped raise her as a foal and followed her on Equibase. The day before we reunited, she sustained a career-ending condylar fracture. So I offered free therapy and took her home. She has been a remarkable teacher.

Qualifications
  • FEI Permitted Equine Therapist
  • Licensed Equine Therapist KHRC Thoroughbred Racing 
  • Licensed Equine Therapist KHRC Standardbred Racing
  • Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist*
  • BSc. Equine Health & Rehabilitation, Midway University (Summa Cum Laude)
  • BSc. Northwestern University 
  • Member of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Past Employment
  • Equine Sports Therapist: Equine Therapy, 502
  • Equine Therapy/Rehab Aide: Spy Coast Farm
  • Equine Therapy & Rehab: Brooker House Farm
  • Equine Therapy Aide: Midway University
Training
  • TCM & Equine Acupressure: Tallgrass Animal Acupressure; Midway U.
  • Equine Sports Massage: Jo-Ann Wilson; Equissage New England; Midway U.
  • Orthobionomy: Julie O'Neil
  • Craniosacral Therapy: Upledger Institute
  • Myofascial Release: Rolley; Midway U.
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy: Trained-Spy Coast
  • Cold LASER: Trained-Midway & Spy Coast
  • Neuromuscular Technique: Neil Asher
  • Positional Release: EPR Institute
  • Trigger Point Work: Finando
  • Foals, Weanlings & Yearlings, varied LEX locales
  • Symposium on Therapeutic Advances in Animal Rehabilitation: Equine Core Stability & Stifle Dysfunction

*National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)




MEND.HORSE LLC operates in accordance with state and federal laws.




We do not practice veterinary medicine.



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