Maureen grew up in a horse-centric family, owning both racing thoroughbreds and pleasure horses. From an early age, she developed a love and respect for animals as she learned to ride and attend to their needs. In addition to her family’s horses, she exercised race horses in the early mornings before school began, both at the local race track and on local farms. She worked alongside different owners and trainers and was exposed to a broad variety of ideas about how to bring out the best in these animals. She also worked with draft horses, quarter horses and the occasional mule.
Throughout her career, the love and passion for animals stayed with her. Despite enjoying her work, she realized there was something missing. Nothing compared with being around animals and the sweet smell of a barn and its inhabitants. Time away did nothing to diminish this. To get her “back in the saddle,” she found a local stable with a riding program. The contact with horses reawakened her passion for every aspect of horse care. Discussions with trainers and riders about the animals’ needs encouraged her to take the next step toward providing individual care for animals with particular structural needs. This desire led her to further her education at the Equine Natural Movement School.
Maureen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, certification as an Equine Massage Therapist, and Certification as an Equine Structural Integration Practitioner.