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I have owned and competed horses since 1992, in dressage and eventing. This started my life long passion for my desire to be involved with horses. I started my career as a Veterinary Nurse in 1999, moving into Specialist practice in 2004. I was Head Nurse in one of Australia’s largest referral practices for almost 10 years. I was awarded a scholarship in 2007 by the Veterinary Nurses Council of Australia to visit and work at Colorado State University in an externship position. I have also worked at Veterinary Specialist Services in Queensland as a Surgical and Medical Oncology Nurse.

Wanting a change, I finished my Equine Dentistry studies in 2011 and moved to Queensland in 2012. I have been a professional full time equine dentist since 2013, seeing around 50 horses a week. I have been helping clients with bit fitting since I started dentistry. I began noticing many of my patients had mouth wounds, ranging from small rub wounds to larger, quite dramatic ones. All caused by the wrong bit, or badly fitting bits. In order to help my clients and patients, I decided I needed to learn more about bit and bridle fitting, so completed courses with Neue Schule, Bomber and Horse Bit Fit in the UK. I also attended a bridle fitting workshop last September in England with the Society of Master Saddlers. The vast majority of my education has taken place overseas, because as I found, unfortunately there is a distinct lack of correct and reliable information available in Australia.

I also enrolled in the International College for Professional Bit Fit Consultants (ICPBC) in Holland, having visited in October 2019 for the practical component. I am due to sit my exams in June. I have found that the little known subject of bit fitting is of great interest to horse owners. Bit fitting is not just about changing bits. It goes hand in hand with horse and rider biomechanics and training.

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