Sarah Linton

Background & training

I was put on a horse before I could walk by horse mad parents. At the time my father was a stud manager and my mother was an instructor at the local riding school. When we came to NZ I went to pony club and competed in show jumping and eventing in my early to mid teens.

Dad had his owner trainer licence so I used to ride the race horses and do track work for him as well. We had heaps of horses around at the time and sometimes I would ride several in a day even when I was at school.

I then went off to work in horse studs in the Waikato where I did yearling preparation, handled and looked after the stallions, helped break in young horses and exercise them. From there I went to the UK to work in hunting and eventing stables where I exercised the horses there.

I trained in human massage over 15 years ago and in my early twenties also taught herbal and aromatherapy workshops. I first experimented on with massaging Dad's horses well over 20 years ago with great results but it wasn't until I returned to NZ that I started my training in Equine Therapies.

I am also NZ course co-coordinator for Equinology - the largest complimentary equine and canine therapy school in the world. I regularly attend the Bomac Lectures and I am continuing my studies in Equine Health and Therapies with other courses that are coming up here and overseas to further my career.

Courses/Events Attended

Clinic Presenter at Equidays New Zealand 2014/2015/2016 for Signs of Soreness and Saddle Fitting to great reception

Teacher's Assistant & Training to Teach the Equinology EQ75 Horse Owners Massage course in Australia (February 2015)

World Equestrian Games in France as the NZ Endurance Team therapist working on horses and riders (August/September 2014)

EQ900 Equinology Progressive Anatomy Discovery Course (clay & hands on) with Debranne Pattillo (January 2011)

EQ103 Equinology Advanced Equine Massage (Level 1) with Debranne Pattillo USA (2009)

Equine Nutrition 2 day Course with Dr Lucy Tucker (July 2008)

Equine Orthopedics with Dr Deb Bennett from the USA (2007)

NZCM Human Sports Massage refresher (June 2007)

Equine Anatomy and Dissection with Dr Deb Bennett from the USA (April 2006)

EQ700 Equinology Saddle Fitting and Farrier Science with Dr Kerry Ridgway from the USA (February 2006)

EQ1100 Equinology Myofascial Release course with Ruth Mitchell - Golladay from the USA (November 2005)

Hoof Trimming Cinic with Peter Laidley from Australia (September 2005)

Anatomy, Conformation and Movement seminar with Dr Deb Bennett from the USA (May 2004)

EQ100 Equinology Equine Sports Massage with Debranne Pattillo from the USA (February 2004)

Tallgrass Introduction to Equine Acupressure and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Equine: 5-Element Theory, Meridians and Specific Conditions 1 & 2 with Amy Snow and Nancy Zidonis from the USA (November 2003)

Equine Sports Training with Kathy Duncan from the USA (November 2003)

Equine Touch course with Jock and Ivana Ruddock (July 2003)

Equine Massage with Catherine Bird from Australia (May 2003)

Natural Hoof Trimming with Paul Chapman from the U.S.A (February 2003)

Equine Aromatherapy Certificate from Catherine Bird from Australia (January 2003)

Energy Healing workshop with Barbara Clearbridge from the USA (2003)

Equine massage with Rachel Phillips from the Waikato (July & August 02)

Diploma with Health and Harmony College from Australia in Medicinal Herbs (2001)

Statement of Attainments College of Australia in Aromatherapy for Pets, and Aromatherapy for Business (2001)

BSY Diploma in Massage (1996)

BSY Diploma in Nutrition (1995)

NZCM Certificate of Massage (1994)