Joyce Gaynor

I began working with horses at the age of 14 in a family-run racing yard.  Two years later I got my first horse and competed in Riding Club shows and show jumping events, with the SJAI for a number of years competing from novice to ABC level.  I have 30 years’ experience in the horse industry breaking in horses (mostly Thoroughbreds) and exercising them.  I was head girl in two racing yards.

In 2002 I broke my leg badly while riding out.  When the cast came off, I went for Physical therapy (massage).  I found that massage worked so well to break down the scar tissue and strengthen my leg.  The deep tissue massage helped aid recovery far more quickly than letting the leg heal by itself. I decided to look into massage for horses.  I started work in a national hunt racing yard as head girl and expressed interest in learning “hands on” massage for horses and was given permission to practice and develop my massage techniques on 30+ horses.  Some horses required therapy before and after exercise to improve their movement, performance and reduce the risk of injury.  

I completed a Certificate course with Coreen Kelly of the Western Montana School of Equine Massage and have been massaging horses since July 2005.  I qualified as a McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapist with Oxford College of Equine Physical Therapy (OCEPT) in Witney, England in August 2009.

I qualified as a Human McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapist in September 2012. I studied at the Witney College of Spinal Therapy under the auspices of the Association of McTimoney-Corley Spinal Therapists.


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  • Ruth Gaynor
  • I started riding at the age of 10 in riding schools and I got my first horse at the age of 18.  I started competing in Riding Club shows.  I brought on young horses from novice up to AB level as well as obtaining my BHSAI exams.  I taught in local riding schools and gave private lessons.  

As with most riders we take falls along the way and I required treatment myself so I was aware of the benefits of massage therapy.  I became very interested in massage for horses through seeing the amazing reactions and results my sister Joyce was achieving.  I enrolled in Coreen kelly’s course from Western Montana, I completed this course and received my Certificate in July 2007.  I continued my studies in Equine Sports Massage with the Institute of Complementary Animal Therapy (ICAT) in Exeter, England completing a two year diploma course qualifying in October 2009. This course entailed developing more massage techniques with manyy case studies, Anatomy and Physiology, Horse health, Dissertation and Business plan.  After that I decided to continue my development in massage therapy and in 2011 and 2012 I completed two ITEC diploma course’s in Holistic and Sports massage therapy studying at Green Tara College in Navan, Co. Meath.

We never stop learning about horses or from horses.  I have attended on-line Webinars and taking part in Cpd courses in Reiki, Emmett Therapy, Trigger point Therapy and

Animal bioenergy which I am studying at the moment.  

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