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Jessica Blackwell

Jessica Blackwell

Jessica Blackwell hails from a scientific background, but has a love for horses and Equine therapy. Jessica has been a competitive rider since 1995 and has also been involved in breeding and rehabilitation.

She has multiple qualifications in the Equine therapy field (Sports Massage, Bodywork, Myofascial Release, Red Light Therapy, Tissue Mobilisation, Taping, Tucker Biokinetics, Neuro-Fascial Techniques, Energy Assisted Acupuncture and Reiki) and has also done extensive study in Biomechanics, Anatomy and Exercise Physiology. She has been fortunate to have trained under some of the worlds best including: Dr Barb Crabbe, Dr Eleanor Kellon, the late Dr Kerry Ridgeway, Gillian Higgins, Ruth Mitchell-Golliday, Dr Renee Tucker, Sharon May Davis, Di Jenkins and more.

Jessica has been a full time professional equine therapy practitioner since 2005 utilising not only her hands on techniques but also a range of other tools including ultrasound, infrasound, photonic therapy, microcurrent therapy, taping and more. Jessica has been teaching since 2008 and has guest lectured at many events.

She was commissioned in 2012 to write the new manual and online course for Equissage and has published three books and two DVD's on Basic Horse Massage Techniques and Tissue Mobilisation for Horses and was one of the first published horse massage DVD's for a female in Australia. She has also been honoured with numerous awards for Equestricare including Telstra's Most Innovative Business Woman of the Year and runner up Young Business Woman of the Year, and Marcus Oldham's first ever female Graduate of Excellence.

Jessica's goal is to make equine therapy available and understandable to all, and her passion is not only teaching people how to become therapists for a living but also educating the horse owner on how they can better help their own horses.

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  • Horse Health / Care

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Education Session

Pony Pilates and Horse Yoga

Pilates is a form of stretching that focuses on the core of the body and Yoga is a body technique that connects the body to the mind or hoof to brain. This topic will look at a variety of techniques that focus on improving the core strength of the horse as well as connecting the hoof and brain. Core strengthening exercises strengthen and stabilise the spine and pelvic muscles as the horse responds to pressure over specific areas whereas the yoga techniques encourage the horse to relax into stretching but to also move in a way that encourages a greater connection between hoof and brain. All techniques covered are easy for all horse owners and riders to do with their own horses.

Friday 16 November 12.00pm - 12.45pm Grand Hall Arena

Six essential techniques to maintain soundness in your horse

This topic looks at six essential techniques that you can perform on your horse on a daily or weekly basis to help maintain soundness in the horse. The techniques combine stretching, mobilisation, traction and massage to keep the muscles supple and alleviate pain and can be done by any horse owner. The topic also looks at palpating the major stress regions of the horse to see where you would be most likely to use the techniques on the horse, and to just see what areas are carrying the most pain. Spectators will go away with knowledge of how they can help their horse as well as an idea of the areas their horse might be carrying the most tension.

Thursday 15 November 2.00pm - 2.45pm Barastoc Arena,