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"until I found Lisa"

This is a bit of a long true story. I felt the need to share it, especially if it can help someone who was in my situation. 

Lisa saved my 5 year old mare that I found and imported at age 4. She is my dream horse and every day, I can’t believe she’s really my girl. Something happened to her at a place I boarded her (I don’t know the true story), and she completely shut down like I’ve never seen - from a sweet, willing and curious, to a tense, untrusting horse with a hard “no” to anything asked of her. She didn’t even want to leave her stall.

I moved her to another barn and started over with her training. Gradually she progressed, but I never fully got the trust back from her. Riding her felt like I was driving a car with the emergency brake on.

She’s super athletic and leaps around the paddock, so I knew she could let loose. There was a missing piece she needed to free up her mind and body under saddle.

I’d ruled out any medical reasons and tried acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and magnawave, but no real significant change… until I found Lisa.

My mare loved Lisa’s gentle energy from the first moment. It was fascinating watching her release so much tension in only the first session. By the end, her eyes had softened back to the look she gave me when I first got her.

I gave my mare the following day off, and when I rode her the next day, she was a bit spicy in the outdoor arena in the fall weather cooling the temps, but she felt a little bit different - glimpses of her freeing up.

The next day, I rode her indoors, to take the possible reason of cooler, breezy weather out of the equation and to really feel if things had changed. She felt even freer - more willing to get up in front of my leg. The handbrake was releasing.

That was a year ago. Lisa still works on my mare every month or two. I love watching my girl’s acceptance and almost what appears to be gratitude while Lisa works on her.

Lisa’s soft energy and intuition, especially with sensitive horses like my girl, has been a game changer. In this past year, we’ve done our first hunter shows, gotten good placements, and had a great time.

I don’t know where we’d be if Lisa had not helped release the traumas from my mare’s mind and body. She helped bring back my dream horse, and, as corny as it may sound, my best friend. She’s one of those special mares that, when she loves you as her person, there’s nothing she wouldn’t do to take good care of you (“me”, and I need it! I’m no spring chicken anymore!).

There aren’t adequate words to express my gratitude to Lisa. She’s a wonderful human and an intuitive, compassionate horsewoman and bodywork specialist. Thank you Lisa


"For the discerning eye, Lisa's work is a pleasure to observe"
For the discerning eye, Lisa's work is a pleasure to observe. She effortlessly combines profoundly effective work with a calm and respectful way of being with the horses. Under her hands, the horses quietly and steadily transform themselves into the beings they truly wish to be.

~Joseph Freeman

Training Director & Founder of the Equine Natural Movement School

"I highly recommend Lisa, no matter the age of your horse or your discipline" 

My main goal with my senior thoroughbred “Handsome” is to do what I can to keep him comfortable, relaxed and moving well in his body. In the year that Lisa has done body work with him, my trainer and I have both seen and felt a difference in terms of relaxation and reduced stiffness. Lisa has a keen eye and sensibility when evaluating the horse’s movement, and zeros in on areas of tightness, stiffness, holding and guarding and unbalanced mobility. It is gratifying to watch Lisa work on my and other’s horses. You can see the releases – to the extent that my horse will take min-naps within the sessions. I highly recommend Lisa, no matter the age of your horse or your discipline. 

~ Judy Fortin

"She brings her energy, sensitivity, character and intuitiveness to her work"

I have known Lisa for over 30 years, as a friend and her riding instructor. Lisa has been an experienced practitioner of bodywork for over 20 years. She brings her energy, sensitivity, character and intuitiveness to her work and makes deep connections with people and horses. I have witnessed and experienced firsthand Lisa's work on horses that I have trained and deal with on a regular basis. I have noticed that the Structural Integration work has enhanced the horses connection and fluidity within their gaits. Lisa's ability to recognize areas that are blocked or restricted matches my observations about horses. Therefore, her work allows me to access and achieve a different level of training and connection. 

~Hank Hutson, Dressage Trainer, Competitor & Instructor 

"Lisa was able to help get Halo back to his old self"

I called Lisa to work on my 6 year old gelding Halo when I noticed his stride began to shorten and become irregular. Within 1-2 sessions I noticed that Halo began to feel more supple and his stride lengthened and became more regular. After completing the 5 series, Halo's stride had noticeably improved as did his transitions. By addressing Halo's immediate needs as well as working on areas where he previously sustained injuries, Lisa was able to help get Halo back to his old self.

~ Royce Evans​

"I highly recommend Lisa and her Equine Natural Movement Series."

My mare is a young, very large warmblooded mare who despite being started late under saddle has significant balance and strength issues. She would often fall in the field when playing around, and after falling with me on a trail ride, I decided that she would benefit from the Equine Natural Movement Series. The improvement in balance was evident even after the first or second session with Lisa. She has now completed the series, and it has really helped her find her balance and use her body naturally when being worked under saddle. In particular, the series has provided a way for my young horse to let go of tension and holding patterns that was keeping her from her full potential. She is much more stable during trail rides, and I have not seen her falling in the field since the sessions started. She now over strides in the walk with several hoof lengths - before she was barely tracking up. The series also enabled my mare to pick up her left lead canter - something that she had struggled with both under saddle and on the lunge line. I highly recommend Lisa and her Equine Natural Movement Series to anyone starting and riding young horses, or with any horse with balance or movement issues. Lisa has a natural pleasant and calm demeanor that horses pick up on right away, and her knowledge of soft tissue is unmatched.

~Camilla Cornwel, Active PVDA member (show manager, volunteer coordinator), Mid Atlantic Hanoverian Breeders (MAHB) Board member, Paternal Gift Farm barn manager


"Lisa's bodywork is amazing..."

I have had the pleasure of watching her work with my own horses as well as with others. They all respond to her touch and release their tension and tight spots with licking and chewing, huge yawns and sighs. The positive energy Lisa produces with her hands and mind is a win situation for my boys. I will continue to use her to maximise their performance and well being....highly recommend!

~Nancy Ruth

"Lily was amazing after session one!"

Lily was amazing after session one! She was not as reactive and came out overall calmer. Her top line felt more solid and not as sensitive! She was able to transition into the trot with ease. Now after session four, I feel her coming up in her shoulder and flicking her toe out in front, in a good way! She also feels like her hind end is coming through and under like a dressage horse! 

~Heather Dunkin, Trainer and Barn Manager of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County

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