|"I reached out to Gwen almost a year ago and haven't stopped calling since! Each and every time she works on my horse the difference I feel is unbelievable. He becomes instantly happier, feels incredible, and is an absolute dream to ride. Horses LOVE her! Whenever Gwen comes, it's a good day."
Ellie Laks at the Gentle Barn
|"We have 18 horses at The Gentle
Barn who were all rescued from severe abuse. Because we
take the horses that society has thrown away, they come
to us with a lot of physical challenges as well as trust
With respect for the horse, an ear for their voice,
and a gentle approach, Gwen is able to ease their discomfort,
address soft tissue related problems and relieve pain.
This kind approach is so important to us! Gwen, we are
grateful for all that you do for our horses and love
having you here! Thank you."
James Travers, DVM for 30 years and Equine Chiropractor
for 10 years.
||"I am pleased with
how well Gwen's bodywork techniques complement my equine
chiropractic treatments. Our mutual patients benefit from
this relationship. I recommend her on cases when massage
and other soft tissue therapies are needed."
Sandie Springer Stables
Addition of Gwen Bernardo and Rider’s Edge Integrated
Equine Bodywork to my horse’s wellness program
has maximized each horse’s performance."
As a riding instructor and trainer of 30 years, I have
had many occasions to observe the benefits of equine
bodywork. Gwen has worked on the horses in my barn ranging
from 4-year-olds in training to our more senior school
horses. All have benefited from her techniques both
physically and, for many of them, mentally. Gwen is
very thorough and makes sure that I know what issues
she’s encountered. I am very satisfied with Gwen’s
work and look forward to having her help keep my barn’s
equine athletes at their best."
an amateur and professional rider over the past 20 years
at the upper level, I have used many therapists on my
horses including chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.
In my opinion, Gwen is the one of the best equine body
workers I have ever used; she has something extra in her
touch with horses. This ability allows tension to be released
deeply and freely so that the horses can use their muscles
has worked on my 21 year old Hunter/Jumper warmblood
who is still competing on the show circuit today. He
is very stiff in many areas and his hind lead is not
always consistent. She worked on him and three days
later he was a completely different horse. He moved
more freely, was more balanced, and felt better overall
then he has in years. At the show the following weekend,
he took first in his under saddle class.
will continue to use Gwen on a regular basis and recommend
her to others who have horses that are in need of bodywork.”
to Gwen's systematic and conscience work, my horse has
a new lease on life. She has been the catalyst for the
recovery of my 14 yr old Warmblood with EPSM.
horse, Rio, had been suffering for 6 months with non-specific
hind end pain. His discomfort was so intense he wasn’t
able to lift his back feet for picking or trimming.
vets were unable to pinpoint exactly why Rio was feeling
this way. Fortunately, I came across a very experienced
vet/chiropractor who suggested Gwen for soft tissue therapy.
was completely amazed watching Gwen work thoroughly over
Rio's body. She indicated where the muscle restriction
was and how other parts of his anatomy were compensating.
results were dramatic. I was thrilled when the day after
his first bodywork session he was able to pick up one
of his back feet! Wow, we were finally getting somewhere.
Gwen continued to work on Rio for the next 2 weeks. He
was then able to return to work on a slow constant basis.
weeks has passed and he has fully recovered and is pain
free. Now he only needs to see Gwen every two to three
months to say tuned up.
sincerely thank you Gwen as I now have a pain free horse!
Edge Equine Massage has helped accelerate my horse's progress
in the jumper ring. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical
of how Casper would react. He can be grumpy with strangers
and overly protective of his hind end. However, Casper
has had the most dramatic and lasting results through
massage and bodywork. He was a horse who had not been
able to bend his neck or really lower his head for over
5 years. After just one session with Gwen, Casper was
beginning to bend and use his head, neck, and shoulders
properly. You should see him now after his bi-monthly
treatments!!! Thank you Gwen for making my horse a more
comfortable and willing partner."
Webber, Cal Poly Pomona Hunt Seat Captain
||"Dexter has shown a dramatic improvement
in his movement and athleticism in just his first session
with Gwen. He went from having an uneven gait to one that
is even and smooth which has allowed him to start using
his body properly. I'm looking forward to watching his
improvements grow under Gwen's knowledgable services."
||“I just wanted to let you know that my horse felt fabulous at show park and the PCHA finals. You did a fantastic job on him.”
|Britt Silverstein Sabbah (eventer)
||“Thank you so much for keeping Louis tuned up and able to compete successfully at the SR Training Level.”
||“Ride was awesome. The biggest difference was he picked up the gate when I asked for it and held it for the remainder of the ride”. (gated horses)