We met Cathrine in early 2011, she had just moved to England to study and she was looking for suitable saddles for her Games Ponies. As they were Danish Sports ponies our saddles fitted a treat and Cathrine chose the Native Pony Mountain and Moorland, with a flatter seat which are perfect for Mounted Games. After qualifying Cathrine plans to return to Norway full time but now visits regularily and is happy to co-ordinate visits for us. Here’s what Cathrine has to say about her journey so far.
” Equine physiotherapist, equine and human osteopath in training, anatomy lecturer, functional anatomy riding instructor, yoga instructor and mounted games rider.
Movement analysis, functional anatomy, injury prevention and better performance as special fields of interest.
While riding for the Norwegian international mounted games team my pony injured herself and I started to realise that my knowledge about injury prevention and management was not at a satisfactory level. This incidence was what led me down the path of therapy. So I started studying and after three years I qualified as an equine physiotherapist in 2009. After finishing my degree I felt the need for more in-depth knowledge and I started an equine osteopathy degree in Norway. Not really being satisfied with the course I then moved to England to study at masters level in osteopathy for both humans and animals.
Besides riding I started doing gymnastics as a child and I then moved on to dancing. For 12 years I danced professionally both as a performer and a teacher. During these years I developed an interest for movement analysis and functional anatomy and these subjects are well integrated in my practice. I lecture for riders and dancers about how their body works and why it is important to strive for a strong, flexible and symmetrical body for the best possible performance and the prevention of injuries both for the dancer and rider but even more so for the horse. I am now about to finish my fourth year of a five and a half year masters degree in osteopathy at Middlesex university and I run my own practice offering treatment for humans and horses, riding lessons, yoga lessons and lectures in functional anatomy related to riders and dancers for injury prevention and better performance.”