Meet our Staff: Masha Budden
Equine Therapy Manager
Masha has had a passion for horses since her early childhood in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Surrounded by the Western breeds featured in the Pro Rodeo circuit and The Calgary Stampede as well as the magnificent show jumpers of Spruce Meadows, Masha became infatuated with all breeds. Her interest in equine conditioning came later in life as a result of working at a Standardbred harness racing training facility in New Jersey. She compared the training and conditioning regimens of human athletes with those of their equine counterparts. At the time (in 2001), human athletes were enjoying the benefits of regular massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and cryotherapy; the equine
athletes, sadly, were not afforded the same.
As a result, Masha felt called to help the horses. She obtained her Equine Sports Massage Therapist certification in 2003; her certificate in Reiki I and II for animals; Eagala Level I and II certifications; and her certificate as a Magna Wave practitioner. She now uses equine sports massage, Magna Wave, aqua treadmill, and Theraplate regularly and consistently to assist Spring Lane Ranch’s equine athletes in reaching their full physical potential! With optimal health and a feeling of well-being, they perform better. This, in turn, helps them gain a competitive edge.
Masha says some of her favorite components about what she does here is working with a great team of professionals – vets, farriers, chiropractors, acupuncturists, nutritionists, and saddle-fitters, knowing they share a single focus of helping each horse be its individual best, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Most of all, she loves providing owners hope when she and our team find that one intricate piece of the puzzle that can turn a horse who is “off” or “sour” or “just not right” into a willing, happy, healthy, working participant.