About Kirsty Lickorish
I have always had a love for animals, but overwhelmingly for horses. Growing up in Bodicote near Banbury in Oxfordshire like many young girls I dreamed of working with horses. As soon as I could I went off to Warwickshire College at Moreton Morrell to start my equestrian education, and it was after this that I was offered the opportunity to work with event rider and owner Jane Starkey – the best possible start to my working career! Her training was of the highest standards and gave me the opportunity to work with horses of all types and ages involved in all spheres of competition.
I moved on to work for the late Peta Beckett, a top rider shortlisted for the British Event team. My understanding of the needs of top competition horses grew as I helped prepare them to compete at Badminton and other top level events.
Since then I have run private yards with horses of all levels – event horses, dressage horses, hunters and of course the happy hackers! All of these horses had different fitness levels requiring different approaches – and some were very quirky horses that proved to be very special!
When I had a problem with my own horse Bebe, I was introduced to the wonderful Sara Coppin and Reiki treatments. Bebe was lame and we couldn’t work out why – even the vet and farrier were stumped. I had never heard of Reiki before, but I was willing to give anything a go and, to my surprise, it worked.
This was my introduction to alternative treatments and I continued to study Sara’s work. I was so impressed that I attended her human Reiki training course. For me then it was then a logical step to move on to animal Reiki and communication courses. This really opened my eyes to how we can offer our animals alternative treatments that compliment conventional treatments.
While practicing Reiki I came a across a lot of horses with tight muscle and back issues, that needed more treatments that I was able to offer. This made me think how I could continue to help the horses I meet. I looked into Equine Sports massage (ESM) where I found Julie Boxall-Tully (a well-known animal therapist within the industry, and founder of ICAT). I started an in-depth and hands-on 2 year training course.
Throughout the training I have been privileged enough to work with many different horses and I have built up a portfolio of practical hands-on experience with a variety of horses and problems enabling me to fine tune my techniques.
If you have any questions or would like to talk to me about any aspect of Equine Sports Massage and how it could help your horse please contact me.
I am based in the heart of Oxfordshire and I am able to offer treatments in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. If you are outside of these areas please feel free to contact me – I may still be able to help or I may be able to suggest a fellow therapist who is nearer to you.