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 completed a certificate course in Equine Massage Therapy in 2018, received an Equine Welfare Certificate in 2019, and have almost completed the requirements for a Diploma in Equine Studies. 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.