In 1997 transposing the fundamentals of his unique VHT technique he began to work professionally as an Equine Bodyworker on horses. From a simple beginning at a stable in Aberdeen Scotland the Equine Touch has now grown to a complete Equine Bodywork modality, used by horse owners and equine professionals worldwide. The ET can be found to be effective on equines of all kinds, from log pulling horses in Norway to event horses in the south of New Zealand.
Always travelling and always teaching, Jock had his vision – to be able to help as many horse as possible. Together with Ivana, they created The Equine Touch Foundation, trained their ET Instructors in many countries thus making Equine Touch available to all interested students.
Students can now enroll into the classes in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales; Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, USA and Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
MVDr. Ivana Ruddock
As the Director of Education, Ivana brings with her to the Equine Touch an eclectic wealth of training and knowledge from the orthodox veterinary world, as well as her interest in other holistic modalities – homeopathy, acupuncture and nutrition.
Ivana first studied the Equine Touch in 1999 with Jock and after they married, partnered him worldwide in the research, development and teaching of this unique discipline.
Ivana’s teaching technique has been described as enthusiastically brilliant and totally professional. A consummate researcher and instructor she leaves no answerable question unanswered with her outstanding knowledge of allopathic, energy and many other practical healing techniques created for the equine and small animal.
Ivana’s wholehearted commitment to improving the standard of life for the horse has earned her respect, not only as a practitioner and instructor but as a guide to all horse lovers wishing to provide a better quality of life for their horses. Ivana’s knowledge of anatomy triggered a public demand to hold Equine Dissection Clinics.
Her Whole Horse Dissection is giving her students, who range through Equine Touch Practitioners, body workers, vets, trainers and even artists, the “big”picture of what is under the horses skin. Seeing the continuity of the fascia, observing the functional muscle chains of the horse opens eyes and broadens understanding of how the horse’s body works. This also helps to understand the effectiveness of different modalities and of their impact on the horse.
Following the unique success that the Equine Touch was achieving when applied to other animals, Ivana researched and developed a gentle non-invasive modality exclusively for dogs (The Canine Touch©), by taking the distinctive ET move, and adapting it solely for the dog. Practical Canine Touch classes are now taught to students in two, two day seminars internationally. Her book and accompanying DVD ‘The Canine Touch©’ (available through Equine Touch Instructors and National Coordination Centers) has been acclaimed by vets, dog handlers and trainers as a valuable and comprehensive piece of work.