About Me

My name is Natalie Smith, I have been a qualified Equine Body Worker (EBW) since 2004.  I am based in NSW with clients in the Hawkesbury and Hills District of Sydney, through the Central Coast up into the Hunter Valley and Port Stephens area.

My interest in horse massage began shortly after purchasing my Trakehner Mare in 1998. I found she was tight through the shoulders and very girthy. A friend suggested “Massage”. At this time equine massage was virtually un-heard of and thus began my path to greater understanding.

After suffering Chronic Fatigue in early 2001, my interest in Alternative Therapies developed in an endeavour to get myself back to a normal life.

During 2002 I was searching for an Equine Massage Course so I could learn more about massaging horses. It was then that I was approached and asked to consider co-ordinating the Equinology Inc courses for NSW. Needless to say I jumped at the chance. I have since met many amazing people, world leaders in their field of equine therapies and the general horse owner enquiring about the courses. I was also a founding member of the Australian Branch of IEBWA (International Equine Body Workers Association).

Once embarking on the path of Equine Massage, I have found that there is so much to learn, it is a subject where you can never know enough. Henceforth, my equine friends all have something to teach me and every year finds me attending courses in the pursuit of knowledge and of how I can assist these noble animals.

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Education:

2003 – Introduction to Equine Massage with Catherine Bird
2004 – EQ100 Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification – Debranne Patillo – Host and Student
2005 – EQ100 Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification – Host and TA to Debranne Patillo
2005 – EQ1100 Equinology Myofacial Release – Ruth Mitchell Golladay- Host and Student
2006 – EQ1200 Equinology Craniosacral Therapy - Gail Wetzler PT, EDO, BI-D – Host and Student
2007 – EQ100 Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification – Host and TA to Debranne Patillo
2007 – EQ700 Principles of Saddle Fitting and Shoeing Dynamics – Dr Kerry Ridgeway DVM– Host and Student
2007 – EQ103 Equinology Advanced Equine Massage Techniques – Debranne Patillo
2008 – EQ300 Equinology Equine Biomechanices – Dr Barb Crabb DVM– Host and Student
2009 – EQ100 Equinology Equine Body Worker Certification – Host and TA to Debranne Patillo
2009 – EQ103 Equinology Advanced Equine Massage Techniques – Debranne Patillo– Host and TA to Debranne Patillo
2011 – Barefoot Blacksmith Introduction to Barefoot Trimming – Andrew Bowe
2011 -  Equine Dissection Course – Sharon May Davis

Associations:

Founding Professional Member “International Equine Body Workers Association Australasia”
Positions held – Membership Co-ordinator and Chairperson
Equestrian Australia Member