Thalia Edwards

Profession:
Human and Equine Sports Massage Therapist

The best part of my job is being able to work with other professionals to get the best treatment as a team. Working closely with the vet, the physio or the chiropracter to enhance to performance of the horse and rider. It’s about problem solving and being able to improve them. That’s what I love.

I first found out about Hartpury when I was working for event rider Helen Ball. She had a McTimoney practitioner working on her horses and I just loved seeing the benefits he made to them. I said I wanted to learn more and they told me to check out Hartpury. Finally finding this degree is what bought me back to my passion of being able to work with both the horse and rider.

My Hartpury experience

My lecturers encouraged me to get as much experience as possible and were always on hand to give advice. I worked in the Equine Therapy Centre on campus as well as helping with the business-side of things at the Hartpury arena. It was a huge part of me being able to get a job once I graduated.

I really enjoyed the Human and Rider Performance module. It brought the horse and rider back together, and focused on the rider as an athlete. That’s what’s led me to the job I do today.