Holistic Horseworks Team Members and Instructors
Dawa Fitzmaurice –CA firstname.lastname@example.org
Level 1 & 2 Instructor
Level 1 & 2 Practitioner, Personal Assistant to April Battles, Website Administrator, Veterinary Technician
I have loved and been around horses as long as I can remember, and if you ask my dad, I wanted to be a Veterinarian that long too. Although I never reached my goal of being a Veterinarian, I did graduate in 1996 with an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in Veterinary Technology, and soon after, I began a twelve year career as a practicing Veterinary Technician. After finding Western medicine too often throwing pills at every problem, I became burned out very quickly, and moved on with other job opportunities. I never forget my passion for all animals, and their wellbeing was always at the forefront of my mind.
Fast forward to 2017: After spending $500 at the vet, with joint injections, x-rays, and injections of joint fluid, my mare was still lame, the vet said “just feed her bute.” I was at a loss, and I began looking for alternative ways to help my horse with her ongoing intermittent lameness. That was when April came into our lives! Suddenly, what she said made sense, even to my Western-medicine brain. I couldn’t wait for her Level 1 class, and I saved up my pennies so I could go. It was life-changing for both me and my horse. I have since both taken and audited Level 1, and taken level 2, and I use everything I learned every day both with me and with my horse. Even after a fall and a bone bruise and a terrible farrier, I believe my horse is in much better health than she was a year ago before I met April and began using her knowledge.
I can’t thank April enough for making my horse’s life better, and in turn making my life better too.
Level 1 & 2 Instructor
Level 1 & 2 Instructor
In 2013, l had my horse Skor with multible problems. He had had a fracture in his right hind leg that had started to heal. But now he was so unbalanced that he had a hard time walking properly, and a terrible time lifting his feet for the farrier. l was googling on my computer, looking for answers when l found April Battles! The more l read, the more interested l got. I ended up sending some pics and had April Battles do her Distant Listening on Skor.
The results soon showed up, and l was overwelmed! So much work that he needed done!
I started looking for April Battles’ Clinics and found out she was scheduled to go to Manitoba that very year!
That Clinic ended up being canceld, and April Battles asked me if l would be interested in Hosting. Sure l was! I wanted so bad to learn how to help my horse!
So in August of 2013 l Hosted Level 1 in Carberry Manitoba.
That lead to Hosting Level 2 in 2014 and Hosting Level 1 and 2 + helping to teach both courses in 2015.
In 2016 l traveled to Galt California to retake and help teach Level 1 & 2 and also take my Level 3.
Over the years since that first Clinic l have been working on horses in our area and also in Sweden, and on our own horses, of course!
Working with horses is so rewarding; to see them getting relaxed, out of pain, being able to move the way the were born to do. l can’t think of a better thing to do!
I have been teaching one on one or groups, either one is very workable.
I am willing to travel to your barn. It can be to any province in Canada or could be to Sweden!
Dedicated my life career with horses. In a path of an evolutionary horses women, we found a way to take part in the beginning of an emerging world. The path is rising for humain and horses to be co-creator of a new holistic path of harmonie and health. As a young trainer I wanted to become a veterinarian and now I know that holistic kinésiologie work is a wonderful path to evolve.
40 years of horse industry: Equestrian coach 1985 F.EQ, classique, Level 2 western 1992, Meneur 1 harness 2000, Judge Q.E.F 1991, College Diploma of Equin Studies 1985, Massothérapiste Equin 1994, Equin acupressure ( 8 ) 2012, Homéopathie équin with Réjean Lebvesque, April Holistic kinésiologie equin 1-2-3, Linda Tellington Jones methode 3 years, Connecting riding Sally Swift, Certificat de membre S.C.M.M.A.C 2013, Bowen ostéopathie, kinésiologie intègre, ( humain )EFT. 2012, First Line Thérapie certified 2012, Kinésiologie de déprogrammation 2009, Holistique kinésiologie 2012 , 3 years certified (quintessence santé ), Biologie totale 2003- médecine nouvelle, co-author book Le Cavalier 1981, co-auther book equin message 1987, Owner and trainer of equestrian farms (4 farms), Last 15 years at Ecurie Royale D’Hatley, Raise and train young horses in cross country level preliminary
Passionnée de chevaux depuis toujours, j’ai eu mon 1erponey à l’âge de 8 ans, j’ai été cavalière pendant de nombreuses années puis, ayant arrêté de monter à cheval, je me suis intéressée à leur mieux-être et ai essayé de comprendre pourquoi les chevaux réagissaient aussi fortement à certains stimuli et/ou cavalier. J’ai lu beaucoup de livre sur les comportements équins mais les réponses apportées me paraissaient souvent incomplètes. Voulant approfondir les pratiques complémentaires au vétérinaire et à l’ostéopathie équine, j’ai décidé d’étudier le massage, le shiatsu équin, le reiki, la préparation et la récupération du cheval de compétition, j’ai été initié à la communication animale mais la révélation a été ma rencontre avec April en 2015. En 30 min, elle a résolu les problèmes posturaux et comportementaux de mon cheval. Il était simplement en souffrance et personne d’autre ne voulait l’entendre.
Je suis devenue une fervente adepte du Bodywork et ai commencé à aider les chevaux de mon entourage. Son enseignement ultra complet a changé ma vie. Voyant les résultats fantastiques que le Bodywork entrainait sur les chevaux et les progrès qu’ils faisaient de séance en séance. J’ai décidé de faire connaitre cette pratique encore peu répandue en Europe afin que les propriétaires comme moi et les professionnels puissent aider les équidés qui en ont besoin.
Spain and The Netherlands
Spanish and Dutch Speaking
Lisete van Dijk
Level 1 & 2 Instructor
My name is Lisette and I love working with animals. I am a holistic therapist for animals and I help animals with manual therapies, aromatherapy, herbs, flower essences and much more. I’m also a centered riding teacher and horse trainer. The bodywork of Holistic horseworks is very useful and every horse I train gets a treatment first. For me the bodywork for horses is a prerequisite to start good training and teaching. It removes a lot of training, motion, health and behavioural problems. It makes horse training and teaching much easier, healthier and more fun for horse and rider.
Areas: I work in Europe, mainly in The Netherlands and Spain, Portugal.
Level 1&2 Instructor
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There are so many ways of being with horses. I love them each as beautiful individuals with their own opinion on 4 feet. They feel a fly landing on their coat. This is why I prefer a very light physical contact with horses. My passion is playing at liberty, horse-agility, trail rides and most important: having a good time together and keep them sound. A good relationship is everything.
I am married, have 2 kids, 3 horses, 2 cats and I run a study center in Switzerland where many different horse clinics take place. Courses can be held outdoors or indoors with 10 guest-boxes available. Every course has its own privacy, as there are no pensioners located.
This gives the opportunity to bring your own horses along for holistic horseworks clinics.
Keeping my horses myself for more than 20 years let me learn a lot about health and horsemanship. I also took many courses in my life. but Aprils clinics were the key. Thry showed me the way of helping horses in a holistic way that brought together different healing methods and an overall understanding of health and healing. This education is very powerful, and becomes a very precious and helping/healing instrument in our daily life.
I love being independent and being able to treat and heal my horses and family myself.
There are less sorrows, open questions and lots of money saved too :o)
Level 1, 2, & 3 Instructor