Nancy has been involved with horses for over 40 years and has loved animals all her life. Her first experiences as a young girl showed her the powerful connection a person can develop communicating with these magnificent creatures. These experiences proved to shape her life.
Over the years Nancy discovered her heart was in training and competing in dressage, a discipline that develops, through standardized progressive training methods, a horse's natural athletic ability and willingness to perform requested movements while remaining relaxed and appearing effortless.
It was through this training that Nancy learned to read a horse’s body language and work in a logical way that sets up both horse and rider to succeed as a team. Analyzing a horse’s conformation and temperament to establish specific gymnastic exercises that create a round balanced frame and calm mind was, and still is, the focus of her training philosophy. Through correct work and movement, soundness problems in these magnificent animals can be reversed.
In 1993, tragedy struck when Nancy’s yearling filly, Starlite, had a stroke. While Nancy was able to save her, Starlite was not able to function normally. Her brain and legs were not communicating like a normal horse’s should communicate. After much research, Nancy started her own rehabilitation protocols on her beloved Starlite even though her veterinarian said Starlite would never be safe to ride again.
When Starlite was 4, Nancy started “under saddle” work with her to continue developing what were weak muscles and working out balance problems. The critical turning point came the day the farrier, while trimming the hooves of her other horses in her care, suggested a healing technology Nancy had never heard of for Starlite called Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM).
Willing to try anything, Nancy immediately began treatments on Starlite, who responded amazingly well to it. Soon she began to ride Starlite and eventually was able to start doing dressage training including some low jumping.
Starlite, now 19 yrs old, had recovered so well that she was able to foal four times. She still provides a safe experience for beginners in a lesson as well going on trail rides. Her recovery was nothing short of amazing and Nancy gives the credit to VOM, a technology that was not even being taught 20 years ago.
Over the years, Nancy became aware that her calling was teaching people how to understand and communicate with their horses. In 2006, while searching for a profession outside of horses, she realized that being a VOM practitioner, would allow her to continue doing what she loved – that of helping people and the relationship they have with their animals along with healing animals that are hurting. Having seen firsthand what VOM was capable of, she was certain that this was what she wanted to make her life’s path. After intensive training in Colorado, she became a certified VOM practitioner and the end result has been more than she could have imagined.
“To see so many really difficult cases turn around, to see dogs ready to be put down only to become youthful and active again has been so rewarding.” Nancy said recently in an interview. “Every time there is a new case, I can’t help but think to myself “I am a lucky person, having the opportunity to be doing this as a profession!”
Currently, the majority of her cases are dogs however cats respond remarkably well to the treatment and appear to like it as much, if not more so, than dogs. Does it always work? Nancy says that nothing is 100% and as in any healing technology, it is usually not “one treatment and there is miraculous healing” and that follow up is often essential to its success.
Please read the testimonials for stories of animals that are healthier and happier today because of Nancy and VOM technology. If you have a success story you would like to share, please contact Nancy to tell her your story.
Monti, the12 yr old Haflinger that Nancy purchased because of his failing health.
He had chronic founder due and was chronically obese due to insulin resistance. Within a ½ yr, through diet change, a natural barefoot trim and VOM protocols he has been brought back to a healthy state and is being ridden on a regular basis.