Holistic Horseworks Team Members and Instructors
Layla Harris – TEXAS
Level 1 Instructor
Hello! My name is Layla Harris. I was born and raised in California where my mom owned and operated a sales and training barn. I had the wonderful privilege of riding 100s of horses while growing up and to have my mom ingrain into me, that horses are sentient beings and high-performance athletes, that need care as an NFL player might. For a horse, as with any professional athlete, it takes a village of experts who train both horse and rider, specializing in saddle fitting, nutrition, perfectly balanced hooves, teeth, and so on… and in this village, my role is to minister their health via a balanced mind, body, and spirit. It is all connected, as it is in us.
Everything is energy. We always had the best vets, chiropractors, farriers, and so on. But something was still missing. When drugs or surgeries would not help the horse, we were left feeling hopeless and disempowered.
That’s when I became motivated to seek out other possibilities! I began using red and infrared LED light therapy on my horses and got amazing results! Next came learning the importance of detoxing my horses and my curiosity lead me to search out and apply new and effective modalities. I’ve now been a professional BodyWorker since 2014, and my education continues as well as my desire to empower other horse lovers who may be wondering how they can become more self-reliant in their horse’s care. In July of 2019 I became a Certified Instructor to teach Holistic Horsework’s Level 1 Clinics.
More on about what I do; Currently, I offer Equine and Canine BodyWork. I take a holistic approach and evaluate your horse from head to hoof. I use multiple modalities including acupressure, musculoskeletal unwinding, advanced applied kinesiology, essential oils, Cranial Decompression, Myofascial Release, and osteopathic type moves to help restore balance in your horses head, body, and energy. My specialty is helping those with mysterious lamenesses as well as keeping your athlete tip-top for competition or comfortable in their retirement. No job is too big or too small. I then leave you, the horse owner, a report and some strategies/homework for continued success between visits! I’ve worked with, and have helped, hundreds of horses and their owners get to the “root” of many issues and strengthen their bond along the way!
I am not a vet nor chiropractor and I do not replace them. I like to think I help to fill in a few gaps between them, and as a whole, all of the bases will be covered on your dog and/or horse’s journey to healing and maintaining good health. I look forward to getting to know you and your four-legged fur babies! Contact me today to help your equine or canine partner feel their best. Based in Central TX, will travel.
Jennifer Norman – OREGON
Level 1 Instructor
Hello, I’m Jennifer Norman, I have been active in the horse community and riding horses for nearly 30 years. My daughter, husband, and I love to trail ride and compete in timed events. We currently have three horses, four dogs, two goats, a cat, and a rabbit. Our little farm is never short of entertainment!
Early on in life, I realized that I am passionate about horses and love helping them preform to the best of their abilities. I enjoy balancing the equine body, mind, and soul while hitting all levels of “Release, re-balance, and restore”. I began working on horses in 2004 when I completed an equine massage certification course. While performing my massage sessions I saw huge results but felt like there was something missing. I received a video from a fellow equine enthusiast about April’s Holistic Horseworks program and was immediately hooked! I felt like it was a sign and the answer to my curiosity of what I was missing!
After participating and completing level one with April in California, I knew in my heart that Holistic Horseworks was the missing link to many of the common issues I would come across. I realized that if I wanted to help horses become happier and healthier long term, I would need to continue my education, by adding levels 2 and 3 to my ever-growing arsenal of knowledge. After my initial class, I traveled to Texas, where I learned levels 2 and 3. These classes were incredibly eye opening. I was amazed at the difference April’s maneuvers made on the horses and how easily they were to incorporate in my bodywork sessions. With my acquired knowledge, I now view my equine client’s with a holistic outlook. This has made significant differences with all of the horses I come in contact with. I can now address the root of the cause instead of treating the symptom and band aiding the entire situation. Horses I see are now actively healing, getting better and lasting well past their twenties.
Since becoming a certified level one instructor and part of April’s team, I am eager to continue learning and advance my instructors certifications. My body work sessions have truly evolved and it completely amazes me. I love to learn and will always further my education to ensure my horses, my clients, and my students will always have up to date information. Our world is ever changing and with it, our views and techniques need to evolve to stay current and proper. I look forward to working with all of my past and future clients as well as bringing this program to students in the Pacific Northwest! Based in Oregon, will travel.
Magic Hands Horse Works.
Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
Instructor for level 1 2 and 3
Level 1 & 2 Instructor
I grew up in Sweden, out in the country were animals quickly became my best friends.
In 2013, l had my horse Skor with multible problems. He had had a fracture in his right hind leg that had started to heal. But now he was so unbalanced that he had a hard time walking properly, and a terrible time lifting his feet for the farrier. l was googling on my computer, looking for answers when l found April Battles! The more l read, the more interested l got. I ended up sending some pics and had April Battles do her Distant Listening on Skor.
The results soon showed up, and l was overwelmed! So much work that he needed done!
I started looking for April Battles’ Clinics and found out she was scheduled to go to Manitoba that very year! That Clinic ended up being canceld, and April Battles asked me if l would be interested in Hosting. Sure l was! I wanted so bad to learn how to help my horse!
So in August of 2013 l Hosted Level 1 in Carberry Manitoba. That lead to Hosting Level 2 in 2014 and Hosting Level 1 and 2 + helping to teach both courses in 2015.
In 2016 l traveled to Galt California to retake and help teach Level 1 & 2 and also take my Level 3.
Over the years since that first Clinic l have been working on horses in our area and also in Sweden, and on our own horses, of course! Working with horses is so rewarding; to see them getting relaxed, out of pain, being able to move the way the were born to do. l can’t think of a better thing to do!
I have been teaching one on one or groups, either one is very workable.
I am willing to travel to your barn. It can be to any province in Canada or could be to Sweden!
Dedicated my life career with horses. In a path of an evolutionary horses women, we found a way to take part in the beginning of an emerging world. The path is rising for humain and horses to be co-creator of a new holistic path of harmonie and health. As a young trainer I wanted to become a veterinarian and now I know that holistic kinésiologie work is a wonderful path to evolve.
40 years of horse industry: Equestrian coach 1985 F.EQ, classique, Level 2 western 1992, Meneur 1 harness 2000, Judge Q.E.F 1991, College Diploma of Equin Studies 1985, Massothérapiste Equin 1994, Equin acupressure ( 8 ) 2012, Homéopathie équin with Réjean Lebvesque, April Holistic kinésiologie equin 1-2-3, Linda Tellington Jones methode 3 years, Connecting riding Sally Swift, Certificat de membre S.C.M.M.A.C 2013, Bowen ostéopathie, kinésiologie intègre, ( humain )EFT. 2012, First Line Thérapie certified 2012, Kinésiologie de déprogrammation 2009, Holistique kinésiologie 2012 , 3 years certified (quintessence santé ), Biologie totale 2003- médecine nouvelle, co-author book Le Cavalier 1981, co-auther book equin message 1987, Owner and trainer of equestrian farms (4 farms), Last 15 years at Ecurie Royale D’Hatley, Raise and train young horses in cross country level preliminary
French speaking teaching Belgium, France Switzerland
Passionnée de chevaux depuis toujours, j’ai eu mon 1erponey à l’âge de 8 ans, j’ai été cavalière pendant de nombreuses années puis, ayant arrêté de monter à cheval, je me suis intéressée à leur mieux-être et ai essayé de comprendre pourquoi les chevaux réagissaient aussi fortement à certains stimuli et/ou cavalier. J’ai lu beaucoup de livre sur les comportements équins mais les réponses apportées me paraissaient souvent incomplètes. Voulant approfondir les pratiques complémentaires au vétérinaire et à l’ostéopathie équine, j’ai décidé d’étudier le massage, le shiatsu équin, le reiki, la préparation et la récupération du cheval de compétition, j’ai été initié à la communication animale mais la révélation a été ma rencontre avec April en 2015. En 30 min, elle a résolu les problèmes posturaux et comportementaux de mon cheval. Il était simplement en souffrance et personne d’autre ne voulait l’entendre.
Je suis devenue une fervente adepte du Bodywork et ai commencé à aider les chevaux de mon entourage. Son enseignement ultra complet a changé ma vie. Voyant les résultats fantastiques que le Bodywork entrainait sur les chevaux et les progrès qu’ils faisaient de séance en séance. J’ai décidé de faire connaitre cette pratique encore peu répandue en Europe afin que les propriétaires comme moi et les professionnels puissent aider les équidés qui en ont besoin.
Spain and The Netherlands
Spanish and Dutch Speaking
Lisete van Dijk
Level 1 & 2 Instructor
My name is Lisette and I love working with animals. I am a holistic therapist for animals and I help animals with manual therapies, aromatherapy, herbs, flower essences and much more. I’m also a centered riding teacher and horse trainer. The bodywork of Holistic horseworks is very useful and every horse I train gets a treatment first. For me the bodywork for horses is a prerequisite to start good training and teaching. It removes a lot of training, motion, health and behavioural problems. It makes horse training and teaching much easier, healthier and more fun for horse and rider.
Areas: I work in Europe, mainly in The Netherlands and Spain, Portugal.
Level 1, 2 & 3 Instructor
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There are so many ways of being with horses. I love them each as beautiful individuals with their own opinion on 4 feet. They feel a fly landing on their coat. This is why I prefer a very light physical contact with horses. My passion is playing at liberty, horse-agility, trail rides and most important: having a good time together and keep them sound. A good relationship is everything.
I am married, have 2 kids, 3 horses, 2 cats and I run a study center in Switzerland where many different horse clinics take place. Courses can be held outdoors or indoors with 10 guest-boxes available. Every course has its own privacy, as there are no pensioners located.
This gives the opportunity to bring your own horses along for holistic horseworks clinics.
Keeping my horses myself for more than 20 years let me learn a lot about health and horsemanship. I also took many courses in my life. but Aprils clinics were the key. Thry showed me the way of helping horses in a holistic way that brought together different healing methods and an overall understanding of health and healing. This education is very powerful, and becomes a very precious and helping/healing instrument in our daily life.
I love being independent and being able to treat and heal my horses and family myself.
There are less sorrows, open questions and lots of money saved too :o)
Level 1, 2, & 3 Instructor
I am the UK instructor and teach all three levels of April loves holistic horse works student workshops and also one to ones happy also travel to other countries to teach.
I am also a practitioner in
Equine self-selection in herbs and oils