Sophie Pickard Equine Bodywork

North Yorkshire

Equine Bodywork and Massage Therapy

Sophie Pickard; qualified Equinology equine bodywork therapist and student veterinary physiotherapist based in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. My vision is to improve health, comfort, mobility and vitality for all horses.

My background

From a very young age I have had a passion for horses. Growing up in a non horsey family heightened my desire to learn all I could about them, I was fascinated by them and studied everything about them, from evolution and domestication to behaviour, movement and anatomy. I went on to work with them in many different environments and contexts and began working through my British Horse Society exams to Stage 3, however, latterly I have returned to focus on the horse as an individual.

Working in the veterinary industry for the last 8 years as a registered veterinary nurse has nurtured my curiosity for the body and how its form affects its function as well as the effect that we, as owners, carers, veterinarians and health professionals can have.

I qualified as an equine bodyworker after training with world renowned Debranne Patillo, (founder of the Equinology approach to equine bodywork) whilst I was living and working in New Zealand in 2018.  Since returning to the UK I have commenced training at the College of Animal Physiotherapy working towards a diploma in veterinary physiotherapy to complement my therapy provisions.

About me

I am currently based near Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, but cover Skipton, Ilkley, Ripon, Harrogate, Leeds, York and Thirsk for clients. I love getting to explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside to visit clients and their horses. 

I live with my two spaniels, Summer and Archie, my three wonderful horses; Lily, Buster and Elfine, and my kiwi partner Gary. 

I compete in Endurance riding affiliated with Endurance GB with my arab x thoroughbred mare, Elfine and enjoy working with @connectiontraining to positively work with my horses and improve relaxation and connection with my horses in their training. 

Aside from my work with animals I enjoy all outdoor sports; particularly running, walking and climbing.

Fully insured and a member of the IEBWA (international equine bodyworkers association)