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Please note this is a list of past and present Equine Musculoskeletal Unwinding (EMU) students who have completed the in-person clinics.  They are in the process of completing five case studies or have already completed their case studies.   They are well qualified to assist you. 

They have not yet completed the IICT certification program. These people are either practicing EMU by itself or are adding this modality into their existing practices and may not pursue further certification. All of them have completed all three levels of the Holistic Horse Works Clinics.

• Equine Musculoskeletal Unwinding
• Applied Kinesiology
• Cranial Decompression

Practitioners list

David Beard

Magoebaskloof, Limpopo
+27 83 325 3088

David was born in Johannesburg and attended Jeppe high School for Boys, thereafter Damelin College.

Recently retired after a 33 year career as a financial planner.

Has lived on a farm in Magoebaskloof Limpopo since 2000, along with wife Claire and son Michael.

Ridden horses since 2000, initially an endurance rider, but switched to western riding after a visit in 2013 to a ranch in Montana USA, and attending a Buck Brannaman clinic. Several visits to the USA have followed which have included western riding instruction.

David and wife Claire were amongst the founder members of the Western Riding club Buckles and Boots situated in Tzaneen In 2013.

David has served as treasurer of buckles and boots since the formation of the club.

Treasurer of Reining  and Performance Horse South Africa since 2017.

 Treasurer of the South African Quarter Horse Association since 2020.

David and Claire are passionate about their American Quarter and Paint horses and ride (should weather permit) daily.

They share the farm with six Horses, three dogs, many chickens and a collection of reptiles.

David’s interest in bodywork arose from researching methods to treat back pain in horses.

On line research led to the discovery of the April Love’s web site Holistic HorseWorks, and the purchasing of levels 1 and 2 for home study, in 2021.

In 2023, David attended workshops incorporating level two and three, in Port Elizabeth under Marissa Levitt .

In addition David has completed a two day and home study Masterson – Beyond Massage bodywork course  in 2021 and a home study in Shiatsu Massage through Geary Whiting USA in 2022.

David has used the methods learned and applied very successfully to their own horses, which are ridden competitively, in Western Performance shows , including Reining.

Issues like -failure to pick up the correct lead, nervousness, head shaking, conjunctivitis and  lameness  have been corrected directly through implementation of bodywork release principles applied.

Their horses too, are amazingly calm in competitive pressure situations, again David believes attributable to Holistic Horseworks Methods.

David and Claire will soon be offering a training service for young horses in western riding which will include bodywork in all its facets and Cranial work if necessary.

David would welcome enquiries from owners, for any horse needing a basic assessment , or persons wishing to learn more of bodywork, and the amazing benefits a horse will gain from a bodywork session.

Kirsten Fitzpatrick

Pretoria, South AFrica

FitzPatrick Equestrian

Karen Newby

Hunter Valley Australia NSW

I have done the 3 courses with Marisa, they have helped me immensely with my horses to keep them fit and supple. We show stockhorses and cutting. To have them soft and even is a must without the force needed if something is just not right.
These courses give you the skills to keep your horses body in correct alignment and posture. Which makes them much happier horse to work. Marisa is only a phone call, what’s app message or email away and is very straight to the point with her answers.
I highly recommend these courses if you want the best outcome for your horses.

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