Qualified, experienced, and insured, Megan offers freelance coaching, Equine Sports Massage and Shiatsu therapy with an empathetic and encouraging approach to both horses and their humans. Her keen interest in biomechanics and psychology has a great influence on her way of working with horses, and these are at the forefront of her methods to help your horse (and you!) develop correct balance, strength and harmony through sessions – without any gadgets.
In addition to this, she runs a blog, the aim of which is to try and increase awareness of alternative training methods/ways to do things and disciplines in the equestrian industry. She’ll be bringing an honest account of some of the perhaps less-explored areas of the industry, and maybe inspire some people to get involved and try something new!
Qualifications and Accreditations:
- Diploma in Equine Studies (with Distinction/Student of the Year)
- Certified Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist (ESMT)
- UKCC Accredited Level 2 Coaching
- Diploma in Equine Shiatsu (tESA)
- First Aid
- TRSS Level 4
- BHS Stage 1
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate
- Working with Children Check
- PVG Scheme Member
- Industry Champion with LANTRA (2017)
- BGA Certified Freelancer
- IAAMT and ETAA Member
Megan has been around horses her whole life, had a pony on loan from a young age into her teenage years, and took weekly lessons at her local riding stables until she was old enough to sit her first equine related exams (TRSS) in 2008 in horse care and riding. She worked her way up through the levels while she was at school, attending local shows, and competing on borrowed ponies, all while devoting her free time to expanding her knowledge and skills around horses. She graduated with a Diploma in Equine Studies and her first coaching qualification from Scotland’s Rural University College in 2016, and went on to work with children and adults in a busy equestrian center in Scotland as a full time employee. This job involved all yard duties, coaching clients, taking out treks and the opportunity to compete. She has also undertaken work experience on a showjumping stud in Ayrshire.
After this, in order to help as many people and horses as she could, she decided to go self-employed and since 2018 has been running Megan Simpson Equestrian as a freelance business. She originally offered backing and starting services, freelance coaching, and schooling/training of a range of horses from youngsters to those with behavioural issues. From 2014 to 2020, she was a volunteer at Equine Rehabilitation and Re-homing (Senior Volunteer Rider and Trainer), backing, starting, schooling (on the flat and over fences), and re-training horses with behavioural issues.
From 2020, Megan decided to focus on her career as a coach and physical therapist for horses after completing her studies in equine massage.
She has competed in various unaffiliated showjumping events, hunter trials, and cross country with a variety of horses, and has plenty experience taking green horses round their first courses.
Megan spent two months in Australia in 2017/18, where she had the pleasure of working with a trekking centre in Byron Bay, tending to the horses and taking customers out on trail rides through the forests and along the beach. She returned to Australia in Jan 2019 for a further two months, where she spent time with some local riders near Melbourne, practising equine Shiatsu, visiting a Welsh Pony stud, and learning a bit more about driving as a discipline! Since then, she has also worked in the USA with Arabians and OTTBs in Arizona, and on a ranch in California.
Megan began studying a three year practitioner level Diploma in Equine Shiatsu at the Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses with Liz Eddy in 2017 qualifying in 2020. This then led her to undertake a course with Equissage Europe to further her skills in physical therapy for horses, and she qualified as a certified Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist in 2021.
As of February 2022, Megan Simpson Equestrian made the big move to Australia from Scotland where she will be continuing her work as an Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist, and as a coach.
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