North Carolina

Stephanie Pope
Poll to Pastern Equine Acupressure

animal acupressure massage

Stephanie found her love for horses very early in life. The moment she was placed on a saddle for the first time, she knew that she wanted more. Her love of horses has never ceased throughout her life. She largely has her aunt to thank for first introducing her to horses and then teaching her how to ride Western as soon as she was able. Going on to perform in Western shows when she was younger. As she grew into high school, she even moved on to enjoy barrel racing, pole bending, and trail riding.

In 2015, she achieved magna cum laude in her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science, Specializing in Equines from the University of Florida. During her schooling, many of the classes were designed to include direct hands on with the horses. One of her favorite classes involved the training of a weanling to 2 years old; it was the direct interaction with horses along with the connections to them that provided her such satisfaction. Even during her time at the University of Florida she enjoyed becoming involved in the equine industry, participating in agricultural clubs including Block and Bridle, Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen, and the Dairy Science Club.

After college, she worked on large ranches as a wrangler. It was during these adventures she decided to give back the animals that had taught her so much: love, friendship, responsibility, confidence, trust, courage, and patience. Inspiring her to further her education and began practicing animal acupressure. She received her 300-hour practitioner certification by Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute and is nationally certified by National Board of Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage. The program training and the real-world experiences empower her to be able to restore balance to any horse.