About Kirk Equine Performance
Kirk Equine Performance was borne out of a lifelong passion for horses, a love for all things biological and biomechanical, and years of experience as a horsewoman.
Following years of training with many top riders, judges and trainers, I pursued life in Germany in 2012 to learn from the best Dressage industry in the world. There, I debuted as an international Young Rider, as well as Senior Small Tour rider with my experienced schoolmaster Moosbends Ricardos, and First Wish. I also had the honour of riding my own mare, Feather, to her first competitions as a young horse, as well as learning how to train something a bit bigger with Horacio. Sadly, as so many equestrians have experienced, life with horses is not always easy, and the virtues of patience and humility are tested regularly. Following some setbacks and heartache, I decided the time had come to pause the hunt for competitions and training, and work towards something that could improve my approach to training, as well as the welfare of horses. I chose to return to University and study Veterinary Physiotherapy. In 2016, I made this move with Royal Pokemon; Horacio and Feather followed soon after.
Since then, I have amassed a variety of experience; working with dogs (yes, I ams qualified to treat your canine friend too!) in a Hydrotherapy and Physiotherapy clinic, working for a Team GB rider, competing my own horses at international Small Tour level, and finally, qualifying with a First in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Harper Adams University. During this time, I had the misfortune of rehabilitating my own horses with tendon injuries, coming back from having a foal, and coming back in to work after stomach ulcers required a break from training... Which means the information and services I have to offer are trained to degree level, and have been applied to my own competition horses already.
As a qualified Veterinary Physiotherapist BSc (Hons), I have a thorough understanding of the mechanisms involved in animal movement, injury occurrence and the treatment required. Using clinical reasoning, my training and continued professional development, I can assure your horse's rehabilitation will be optimally managed. As a Dressage rider I have years of training and competition experience in France, Germany, Australia and England, riding a range from show ponies, Welsh ponies, Grand Prix horses and show jumpers; I am open . This is a valuable cross-section of skills which bridges a gap between trainers, clients and practitioners (including Vets, farriers, chiropractors etc). I can assess your training goals, (I can even offer guidance on them), your horse's weaknesses and strengths, and can form a rehabilitation or exercise plan dependent on the circumstance to link your training regime and your horse's condition. Being able to offer this was the primary reason for choosing to study becoming a Veterinary Physiotherapist.
Years of training have gone in to developing this unique service. From many years riding my own stubborn Welsh pony mare, a cantankerous pony stallion, to the perfect #silverprince (Royal Pokemon)... I have a vast repertoire. That means I am here to support a range of riders aspiring to a range of goals, and horses with a range of issues.
Kirk Equine Performance offers a dedicated mobile Veterinary Physiotherapy service and freelance Dressage training service covering Gloucestershire and its surroundings.
Regardless of which service you choose to benefit from, the holistic, multi-faceted approach to improving your horse will get you closer towards the performance you deserve.