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APHA, Western, Ranch Riding Horse, Western Horse Training

Founded in 2020, Elements Equine Bodyworks is owned by Natalie Darmody.

Natalie began her riding career at the age of 5 and was immediately bit by the riding bug. She went on to compete in local San Diego County shows in the all-around division winning numerous classes and year end awards.  In her mid teens she rode her first reining horse and quickly catapulted herself into the western performance world. With the help of her mentor, Tom Arendell, she successfully retrained her western pleasure horse to be a competitor in the reining pen. This is where her love of training blossomed. 


After a few unfortunate injuries to her equine partner, and many hours of hand-walking later, Natalie knew there must be more to preventative care for her horses. This led her to dive down the rabbit hole of equine bodywork. She recieved her Equine Bodywork certification through Equinology, Inc and is currently a Level 2 Equinology Equine Bodyworker.

With this knowledge of equine anatomy and biomechanics, Natalie is able to bring to the table the understanding of training methodologies and how they relate to the equine body. She believes in the "team approach" and strives to bridge the gap between professional team members to form one cohesive wellness partnership. She is happy to collaborate with veterinarians, farriers, chiropractors, & other equine wellness practitioners to best serve her clients.

Natalie is fully insured for equine bodywork with ABMP.



Completed courses & Webinars​

  • Equinology: Equine Anatomy Pre-Course distance study- 50 hours

  • Equinology: Debranne Patillo, Equine Body worker Certification course- 300 hours

  • Equinology: Debranne Patillo, Equine anatomy discovery class (clay & hands on) - 143+ hours

  • Equinology: Debranne Patillo & Dr Nicole Rombach, Advanced Equine soft tissue techniques, introduction to spinal mobilization and clinical reasoning - 155+ hours

  • Training for soundness masterclass with Celeste-Leilani Lazaris - online

  • Functional Horse Training w/ Thirza Hendriks - Online Summit - 10 hours

  • Onlinepethealth webinar: Sacropelvic rehabilitation in horses w/ Kevin Haussler dvm, dc, phD, dipl. acvsmr

  • Onlinepethealth webinar: Fascinating Fascia- a key to understanding locomotor disorders in horses w/ Marta Kulikowska

  • Nerve impingement & hoof balance w/ Yogi Sharp & Celeste-Leilani Lazaris - webinar - 3 hrs

  • Balance Through Movement Method: Celeste-Leilani Lazaris - Self Study Nerve Release Course

  • Online Academy of Equine Science, Dr Nicole Rombach: EQ25 Introduction to Clinical Reasoning Methodology and Research


In progress courses​ ​​​

  • Lazaris Nerve Release Certification Cohort

  • Equine Neurology, Muscle Physiology & Pathologies with Dr. Eleanor M. Kellon, VMD

  • Equine Nutrition: NRC Plus with Dr. Eleanor M. Kellon VMD 

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