Dr Melanie Quick has had a 44 year riding career. She has been obsessed with achieving the highest possible standard of training and health for her own horses, so has spent her entire life since early childhood devoted to learning as much as possible about the training and health of horses.
She has had olympic trainers since the age of 5: Ms Ruth Emery (trained by Franz Maringer), then Mr Warrick Cozens (Alois Podhajsky's only private pupil). She competed extensively in jumping, eventing and dressage at state championship level as a young rider and also trained her first horse to Grand Prix dressage level by the age of 17. The next horse she bred, broke in and trained to Grand Prix level work by the age of 30. In addition, she has spent the last decade training with legendary problem horse trainer John Chatterton. Aside from her own horses, she has also been starting young horses, and retraining horses with major behavioural issues for 34 years.
Professionally she has spent 23 years as an equine lameness veterinarian, 25 years shoeing and trimming, 14 years as an equine spinal manipulative therapist. Due to the frustration of having Grand Prix and jumping horses ending up with joint/hoof disease, she has devoted 14 years of private research into the equine hoof - focussing on laminitis, navicular syndrome, joint diseases (eg. ringbone) and also suspensory injuries.
Dr Quick always believed if she could figure out how to improve the health and resilience of the TB racehorse, this knowledge could be transferred over to sport horses, so she has also spent the last 14 years specifically researching how to improve the resilience and durability of the thoroughbred racehorse, to prevent and recover from injuries. Very exciting discoveries have happened in the past few years with her racing thoroughbreds. She hopes after all these years of work, to soon start publishing the results of her discoveries into the feet, body and mind of the equine athlete.