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Kathy Adams – Cape Town (South Africa)

MMCP, Coach


Phone: (27) 827827698

(Cape Town, Western Cape)
Kathy has loved being around horses since she began riding lessons at around 10yrs of age. Fast forward many years, and she accidentally fell into a career with horses, as a natural hoofcare practitioner. It began when she picked up a book about keeping and trimming horses from a more natural perspective. She began studying foot function and attending clinics, so as to learn how to trim her own Thb gelding. She found it so fascinating and rewarding that next thing it turned into a full time career.
A few years later, she decided she needed to expand her horizons and think about a secondary career, one that wouldn't be so taxing on her back. She attended a Myofascial release course, and a saddle fitting clinic with Dr Kerry Ridgeway, which were both very interesting but didn't really feel like the right direction on their own.
Then she came across the Masterson Method, really liked what she saw and heard after doing some investigating, and took the plunge to sign up for the certification process.
She has found the therapy incredibly rewarding, seeing how responsive the horses are to an approach that can be subtle yet so powerful, with undeniable results. But horses are subtle creatures, and this 'less is more' therapy fits in perfectly with her 'less is more' trimming method.
Because of her trimming career, she is aware of how much movement and the horses' way of going can influence the feet, and how they grow and distort according to impact and weight distribution. So if a horse is sore, restricted, stiff or short striding, the feet will adapt and grow accordingly.
It is also apparent that the horses which are often challenging to trim, are just sore, or they have tension or restrictions in their body, which makes it difficult for them to balance and tolerate the farrier position for example. And of course foot sensitivity, unbalanced feet and weak, underdeveloped foot structures which are not doing their job properly, can create problems in the body, because of the compensations and bracing in response to discomfort. So the bodywork goes hand in hand wonderfully with the hoof care. It's all connected, the one influences the other.
To receive such encouraging feedback from clients, and to see the visible responses from the horses and the changes in their bodies during the session, has been a wonderfully motivating experience, and keeps her looking forward to the next one.