Sarah Linton


Sarah Linton has been appointed as Team Therapist for the NZ Endurance Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in France

In exciting news, Sarah has been asked to join the New Zealand Endurance as Team Therapist at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France.

Sarah was asked by High Performance NZ to join the team at WEG this year as Team Therapist.

The World Equestrian Games are held every four years and include eight of the FEI's ten disciplines: endurance riding, combined driving, dressage, eventing, paraequestrianism, reining, show jumping and vaulting.

This year the Games are being held in France. We wish the NZ Endurance Team the best of luck - with Sarah working on your horses, they stand the very best of chances.

New Award! Annual Award for Oustanding Websites

Equinology Newsletter March, Spring Issue 2012

I recently viewed a former graduate and accomplished Equine Body Worker's website. After viewing it, I felt it needed acknowledgement for a job extremely well done. Not only is it supported by beautiful photographs, it offers sound advice and education to the viewer.

Visit Sarah Linton's site at: and you will see why she receives the Equinology/Caninology Website Appreciation Award for 2012. The site designer is Kristin Baylis of Snapfire Designs.

Sarah will receive a certificate acknowledging her site as well as a $300USD tuition certificate to use towards any Equinology course in USA, NZ or AUS. Nice work Sarah!

Lifetime of horse care Horse harmony the goal

Manawatu Standard, 03/02/2012

Equine therapist Sarah Linton has had a lifelong connection with horses, starting in the United Kingdom where her father managed a horse stud and her mother taught at a riding school.

"I think they had a pony ready for me before I was even born," said Sarah.

"There are photos of me as a baby sitting on it and then later mum used to lead me off another horse while I hung on."

When the family moved to New Zealand, Sarah went to pony club and competed in showjumping and eventing.

She also rode track work, riding several racehorses a day for her father who held an owner-trainer licence.

"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," said Sarah.

She then travelled to the United Kingdom to work in hunting and eventing stables.

With a background in natural therapies and training in human massage, Sarah moved on to equine therapies.

"I played around on Dad's horses in the UK when I was living there, with some good results and then it just kind of went from there."

On her return to New Zealand, Sarah began training in equine therapies, completing a number of equine courses here and Equinology courses in Australia.

Equinology is the largest company in the world offering various courses relating to horses and dogs. Sarah is now also an Equinology course co-ordinator in New Zealand and courses taught by Equinology CEO Deb Pattillo are regularly held at the Feilding Riding for the Disabled (RDA) venue.

"The Feilding RDA is an excellent venue as we can also use the RDA ponies which are so quiet for students to learn on," said Sarah.

From her 40 hectare Mangatainoka property, which she farms with her partner Dave, Sarah travels to clients offering a range of equine therapies and saddle fitting.

"I believe the more tools you have up your sleeve the better," said Sarah.

"So by offering a range of therapies, I have more options on how to deal with different problems that may arise."

Sarah said when she was assessing a horse she didn't charge extra for different therapies unless the customer was buying remedies.

"It's all included in the one price."

When first visiting a client, Sarah takes full case details of each horse.

"This is very detailed and asks about the background of the horse, if the horse is under vet treatment and what for.

"I like to get the owners to get permission from their vet if under medical treatment."

Sarah said her work did not replace veterinary treatment and she liked to work with vets wherever possible.

"I refer many cases to vets before I have even seen them if I suspect clients should be seeing their vet first."

During a phone consultation owners inform Sarah of problems they have been experiencing with their horses.

"This can be anything from bucking and behavioural issues to problems with canter changes and saddle fitting."

She also sees a lot of horses after injuries and works with rehabilitation cases.

Sarah fully assesses the horse during a consultation and follows this up with a saddle fit if the horse is ridden.

"I then go over the whole horse with bodywork/massage and depending on what I find, I may use myofascial release and I always do stretches.

"I believe in working with the animal, not against it," she said.

A full session takes two hours for each horse.

The results following treatment have ranged from total changes in temperament and behaviour to horses that are moving well and happy. Wounds have also improved.

Sarah has also found saddles for horses that have been difficult to fit.

"Horses change shape all the time, especially under the age of nine and until they are a mature horse, they really can change so often it's just amazing to see," said Sarah.

"As long as the saddle fits the horse and rider as well as we can and is suited to the job I'm happy."

Sarah said the results after treating a horse were endless and were the reward for completing a good job."I love hearing when a client tells me just how much better the horse is going in their work or how their relationship with their horse has improved.

"That kind of thing is what I work for."

- Fairfax NZ News