• My advanced medium dressage horse, Icon Oberon, was always a bit tight in the back. Nikki has been treating him for several months. In that time his results have improved tremendously. He has won the "Your Horse" Magazine Restricted Medium Dressage League, qualified for the regionals at medium and my trainer now thinks he'll be ready to compete at PSG early next year.
  • Christine, Dressage Rider
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Meet The Team

Nikki Engelbach BA(Hons) AdvCertVPhys MIRVAP

I have been involved with horses all my life, and ride competitively myself. Before training as a veterinary physiotherapist, I spent many years working at livery and competition yards and veterinary practices. Working with ex-racehorses and polo ponies inspired me to re-train as a veterinary physiotherapist, and I completed the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy accredited by Middlesex University in 2011. I am a full member of IRVAP (Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists) www.irvap.org.uk and for the past 2 years I have sat on the IRVAP Council.

My previous experience working with show jumpers, dressage horses, polo ponies, racehorses and happy hackers, both as a groom and a rider, allows me to have a deep understanding of the demands placed on horses in all disciplines. Since qualifying I have continued to further my education as a therapist and rider. I have a special interest in myofascial release and the profound responses this light and gentle technique can elicit. I am also a qualified K-Active Tape therapist and have had great results with taping techniques, particularly on scar tissue. I have regular tuition as a rider to further my understanding of equine function and movement. My pride and joy is my naughty whippet Serge!

Katie O'Brien BSc(Hons) AdvCertVPhys MIRVAP

From a young age I spent as much time around horses as possible, both learning to ride but also volunteering myself for all the chores that go alongside running a yard. As a teenager, I was fortunate enough to share a lovely, if slightly opinionated, Connemara gelding and my horsey highlight of university was sharing a beautiful little ex-racehorse called Tattie that I helped to retrain for basic flatwork and showjumping. Both these horses taught me so much and gave me a real insight into the bond you develop when you have your own horse. Professionally, I have gained experience working at a variety of equine establishments, including riding schools, racing studs, livery and training yards.

My education has reflected my desire to build a career working with animals, completing an Animal Science degree at the University of Nottingham, where I designed my own dissertation project about caring for horses with equine metabolic syndrome with diet and management strategies. After university I continued my equine education working full time as a student groom at a large riding school and BHS training centre. I received excellent training improving my skills and knowledge both as a rider and in terms of my ability to manage horses in their day to day needs and routine. I went on to complete the Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy from CEPT (Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training) accredited by Middlesex University. I found my previous experience to be an invaluable foundation and, as a practitioner, integrate this knowledge of equine behaviour, training and management in to my treatment and exercise programmes. In my spare time I can be found at the stables as I am once again a proud sharer, this time of a fantastic hunter type gelding called Alfie.