Bridget Davies – Soelk (Austria)
Phone: (43) 660 4991090
Although not from a 'horsey' family, Bridget was able to begin riding lessons at an early age in the UK from where she originates. Despite frequently having to move due to her father's work, she always managed to find ponies and horses of all shapes and sizes to ride wherever she lived. Her desire to become a vet and help sick animals was not to be and she was sent to college to learn secretarial skills and study French and Spanish. Bridget bought her first pony almost as soon as she started earning a wage. But she wanted to work with and learn more and more about horses, so resigned from her office job to prepare for BHS exams whilst being a working pupil at an equitation centre in the Cotswolds, UK. An opportunity to work in Paris for a year was not to be missed and she was fortunate enough to regularly ride out with a retired officer from the Saumur cavalry school for company! The following year Bridget moved to Germany to work and learn German, spending weekends with Dr. Hiltrud Strasser helping to exercise her two Trakhener horses (at the time unaware about Dr Strasser's developing hoof philosophy). Yet another move took Bridget and her Shagya Arab horse south to Munich. There she became interested in natural horsemanship methods of training. Participation in Pat Parelli weekends, Michael Geitner 'Dualaktivierung' and Ian Benson 'Humanship' workshops have all helped to broaden Bridget's knowledge and approach to her interaction with horses. Shortly after completing a basic carriage driving course (Deutsche Fahrabzeichen IV) she was offered a 10 year old retired racing trotter on loan. It was soon evident that this horse had so many pain issues that a visit from a horse physiotherapist inspired Bridget to do a two-year home study course in horse massage and physiotherapy and a further year of cranial osteopathy for horses so that she could help him herself. Then she discovered The Masterson Method, which gentle holistic method seemed easily to allow the horse to release tension throughout his body, at the same time turning the horse-human relationship into something very special. Horses respond so well to this method and they all love it! Bridget now lives in Stein, Ennstal in Austria and practices The Masterson Method as her main tool for addressing both physical and behavioural issues in equines.