Kelly Snyder is a Nationally Certified Equine Massage Therapist (NBCAAM), Certified Advanced Equine Structural Integrator, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NCLMBT #14691), and skilled energy worker serving Asheville and surrounding areas. As a result of her training, she is able to identify structural imbalances within horses and riders that create painful compensation patterns within the body. These compensations prevent clear communication which lead to less than ideal rides.
Kelly has been riding for over 20 years and has trained with many knowledgable, talented instructors including nationally rated rider/instructor, Catherine Hunter, author of Sacred Connections Horsemanship. The knowledge and skills gained through that training, combined with her knowledge of equine and rider biomechanics, gives her a deeper insight into identifying when rider position or certain training practices may be the cause of painful imbalances within the horse's body. While treating a horse with these imbalances, this insight enables her to work in partnership with the rider and trainer to develop sound riding and training practices that support the massage and bodywork the horse is receiving. Kelly can also recommend exercises and stretches that compliment all the other work being done to help the horse experience optimum, pain-free movement which ultimately improves communication between horse and rider.
Kelly is a firm believer in team work and loves working alongside veterinarians, farriers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other equine professionals. She believes combining knowledge and talents is the best way to ensure that horses have the best chance of leading long, sound, healthy lives. She is a graduate of the Equine Natural Movement School where she studied Equine Structural Integration, and is also a graduate of Western North Carolina School of Massage where she studied Neuromuscular Therapy, Swedish, and Prenatal Massage.
Besides working on horses at various farms in and around Asheville, Kelly is also a practitioner at Ebb & Flow Massage Therapy Center where she is available to help riders relieve pain, increase mobility, balance, strength and overall health.
"Immediate relief to damaged muscles, freedom of gait - especially in hind legs = happy horse!" Looking forward to more sessions with you! Many, many, thanks!"
- Allison Hayes
"Cat is definitely much more even feeling and softer backed, and it feels like she is more flexible."
- Alejandra Brown, owner/trainer at Jumpers
"Lily is more sociable with humans and members of her herd. She is moving more fluidly in general, and with greater ease and calmness under saddle, physically and mentally." - Rebecca Crawley
"When I took Sonny to my trainer after the second session, she was amazed at his change. Before I really struggled to keep him in a jogging/sitting trot. Now he was prancing around like the king of the world! ." - Laura Nelson, Equine Facilitated Learning Coach
"When finished with her "spa day", SweetPea trotted into her pasture and bucked! She felt like a new girl! Many thanks, Kelly!"
- STAR Rescue Ranch, Waynesville
"Kelly performed structural integration for my 15 year old dressage horse, Felix. Before, it would take almost an hour before Felix would start swinging at the walk, but now he starts off swinging."
- Helen Sandven, Tantalus Farms
Structural Integration is a comprehensive, holistic form of bodywork therapy that works to slowly 'melt' restrictions in the soft connective tissue called 'fascia'.
An Equine Structural Integration Series consists of five sessions, each lasting around 90 minutes. Session one is about gaining the horse's trust and identifying connective tissue holding patterns. Sessions two through five work on releasing those patterns and reinforcing changes made in previous sessions.
Benefits of Structural Integration:
Sessions are $135. Evaluations are $45. A series of five sessions paid in advance is $625.
*Equine Freedom Solutions reserves the right to charge extra for services performed at locations extending past the greater Asheville area.
***Structural integration is not a substitute for veterinary care! Please call your veterinary if you feel your horse is ill or injured!***
... a form of bodywork in itself due to how it helps release restrictions in the connective tissue and fascia, and can help prevent future restrictions from developing.
*Restorative riding and training technique recommendations as well as instruction in how to complete them are included in each bodywork session when applicable.
Restorative Horsemanship incorporates the use of Forward Riding techniques. Forward Riding was developed by Italian cavalry officer, Captain Federico Caprilli during the early 1900's. Caprilli has been recognized by the International Society of Equitation Science as being a pioneer of horse welfare and of having teachings in line with their training principles.
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Clinics can be 1 or 2 days and are typically unmounted
Mounted clinics are available through and in association with Sacred Connections Horsemanship.
"I highly recommend Kelly for her expertise in equine structural integration, her kind and loving manner, and her intuitive energy healing capabilities."
- Laura Nelson, Equine Facilitated Learning Coach
"Kelly was one of the most dedicated and talented students that I have ever worked with. Kelly's expertise with equine structural integration probably surpasses my own due to her strong equestrian background."
- Jack Boyd, Asheville Structural Integration
"I was amazed at the changes Timber displayed physically and mentally during his sessions! Physically just to look at him from the first session to the last was a drastic change. He came out every week looking more filled out, bigger, and softer all over."
- Michelle Mallonee
"Since working with Kelly, I have noticed a difference in my co-therapist, Jenny. I noticed that with a reduction in pain and stiffness, Jenny's attitude towards work has significantly improved."
- Rebecca Stares, Spirited Connections Equine Facilitated Counseling
"Kelly Snyder has a passion for horses that is evident when you watch her work. The way she connects with the horses is beautiful. Her work is steady, deliberate, effective and informed by an innate, intuitive sensitivity. I highly recommend her."
- Joseph Freeman, founder Equine Natural Movement School
"Obe has become more elastic longitudinally through her spine - I can feel this in the transition between collected work and extended work. I can also see this in her tail carriage - up and away from her body rather than clamped."
- Jennifer Hfippensteel