My name is Natalie and horses have always been a part of my life. Although I have never had an equine of my own, I was essentially raised alongside an Arabian-Welsh cross that my mother had adopted as a foal. We were only two years apart in age, and that mare lived to be 36. A few years ago, I discovered the Equine Studies Program at the University of Guelph and have been an avid student of the horse ever since. I received my Equine Welfare Certificate in January 2019, have almost completed the requirements for the Diploma in Equine Studies, and am also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. My guiding statement for equine welfare is to endeavor to always do what is in the best interest of the horse and encourage others to do the same.

A Peer Helper in the Equine Studies program, I assist the instructor of Equine Nutrition in delivering course content, and facilitate and review student participation in discussions.

I also have 10 years of experience in the environmental sector, including four years with a philanthropic foundation committed to climate solutions and the energy transition.