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 also 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:
- HND in Equine Studies (with Distinction/Student of the Year)
- Certified Equine Sports and Rehabilitation Massage Therapist (ESMT)
- UKCC Level 2 Coaching
- Diploma in Equine Shiatsu (tESA)
- First Aid
- TRSS Level 4
- BHS Stage 1
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate
- PVG Scheme Member
- Industry Champion with LANTRA (2017)
- BGA Certified Freelancer
Megan worked with children and adults in a busy equestrian center in Scotland through previous full-time employment for a year, after graduating with a Diploma in Equine Studies from SRUC. This job involved all basic yard duties, coaching clients, taking out treks and the opportunity to compete. She has also undertaken work experience on a showjumping stud in Ayrshire. 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.
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.
You can catch regular updates on Megan’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/megansimpsoneq
If you have any queries or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!