Bonnie currently travels the Central and Southeast areas of Florida offering Equine Massage Therapy, Whole Horse Evaluations, Riding Lessons, Coaching at Shows, Horse Training & Schooling Rides and especially enjoys helping horses overcome behavioral issues. She works out of a few key locations in the Central Florida area and travels often to the Palm Beach areas of Southeast Florida. She works with owners on their horses, riders on school horses and gives schooling rides to horses in training or in need of tuning up. She also works with Trainers open-minded to outside observation and constructive input.
She enjoys spending quality time with current clients and reaching out to new clients who are willing and like-minded to always be improving the lives of their horses and putting their horses first. Bonnie provides her clients with personable, individualized attention.
Massage Therapy ~ Bonnie became a Certified Equine Massage Therapist in 2014 during the time when she purchased a show horse in desperate need of rehabilitation. After having paid several therapists to help her horse, it dawned on Bonnie that her life-long experience with horses provided a huge foundation of which she not only could help her own horse through his rehab but other horses as well through massage therapy. She studied the Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt video series, Equinology, and studied the methods of some of the most renowned and respected professionals in the industry regarding Equine Massage such as Jim Masterson's "The Masterson Method" and several others whos methods Bonnie felt she would like to emulate and expand upon. She took a course with Susan Smith-Massie and continued researching and practicing on her own horse and her friend's horses as well as many other horses in need of immediate help in order to gain experience. She has been helping so many horses ever since and especially enjoys helping horses with more difficult issues and receives calls for her massage specialty when concerned horse owners or trainers who's horses are experiencing challenging, mysterious or very serious issues have been hard to pinpoint or resolve. She offers immediate help for the horse, and then relies on each horse owner to provide follow up care through her recommendations noted in her comprehensive reports. She continues to study the methods of well known and highly respected massage therapists in the industry and firmly believes in how beneficial massage is to the performance and well-being of every horse. She works directly with horse trainers, veterinarians, chiropractors and other equine service providers to ensure the best outcome for each horse's continued health.
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Bonnie's history with horses . . .
Bonnie joined the Rochester Riding Academy in Michigan at the age of 6 where she learned the details of caring for horses, unknowingly at the time for show level horses which became "normal" for her to practice as a daily routine. To this day she is extremely proud to have learned such level of care as a foundation to care for ALL horses regardless of their age, performance level or status at a barn. She continued to take lessons at show barns when she relocated with her family to southeast Florida, over time riding many horses of various breeds, shapes, sizes, personalities, levels of training and disciplines throughout her teenage years. She had a solid foundation with Hunter/Jumpers and then was introduced to successful local Quarter Horses trainers in Broward and Palm Beach counties around 1986 whom each taught her how to use cross training techniques between English, Western and Dressage disciplines for optimum results. She also gained tremendous experience during her time as a Thoroughbred groom and exercise rider at the race track in Palm Beach. She continued working with high performance horses at Hunter/Jumper barns and Quarter Horse barns, working her way up to training positions in the area while also schooling and showing horses independently for herself and her own clients. Bonnie developed a special understanding of helping horses and honed in on her own method of reforming horses with behavioral issues as well as helping horses in need of rehabilitation.
During the 90's Bonnie rode young Grand Prix level jumpers under the guidance of local jumper trainers in southeast Florida and received over 2 years of sole Dressage training. Soon after, she spent 2 years riding Cutting and Reining horses in both Florida and Georgia. She has successfully shown horses in Jumping, English Pleasure & Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure & Equitation, Trail Course, Halter and Showmanship. Although she does not profess to teach or ride Dressage, she has been applying the principles of Dressage to all of her riding ever since.
Several professional positions Bonnie evolved into over the years included Barn Manager, Riding Instructor, Assistant Trainer and Head Trainer for barns in Florida located in Davie, Ft. Lauderdale, Coconut Creek, Parkland, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Loxahatchee, Sarasota, Ocala, Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Winter Garden, Clermont and also in Forsyth, Georgia. Her own training techniques are extremely similar to renowned horse trainer Julie Goodnight and gives credit and mention to a few key horse trainers who impacted her career the most throughout the years including: TJ Mallet, Lynn Foster, Jimmy Torano, Donna Phillips, Dave & Kim Moore, Mike Hawkins, Mark Stevens, Susan Steele, David Sparks, Rusty Howington and Casey Moore just to name a few, which Bonnie had either worked for, received lessons and/or intense training from or who helped ground her with being extremely detailed, polished and compassionate in her work with horses, which she highly regards to this day.
About Bonnie . . .