MVDr. Ivana Ruddock-Lange
Ivana is a qualified veterinary surgeon and former university lecturer in anatomy from the Czech Republic.
As the Director of Education, Ivana brings with her to the Equine Touch an eclectic wealth of training and knowledge from the orthodox veterinary world, as well as her interest in other holistic modalities – homeopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. Ivana first studied the Equine Touch in 1999 with Jock and after they married, partnered him worldwide in the research, development and teaching of this unique discipline. Ivana’s teaching technique has been described as enthusiastically brilliant and totally professional. A consummate researcher and instructor she leaves no answerable question unanswered with her outstanding knowledge of allopathic, energy and many other practical healing techniques created for the equine and small animal. Her understanding of the horse, its requirements and the ‘Equine Elements of Influence’© which have an effect upon its health and well-being have impressed not only her students but equine professionals worldwide. Uncompromising in her search for, not only the latest developments in horse care, but also the truth behind them, her Level 3 lectures on ‘The Equine Elements of Influence©’: saddles, teeth, feet, rider, training, nutrition and environment, backed up with a detailed power point presentation, have been described as ‘inspiring, brilliant and information filled’. Ivana’s wholehearted commitment to improving the standard of life for the horse has earned her respect, not only as a practitioner and instructor but as a guide to all horse lovers wishing to provide a better quality of life for their horses. Ivana’s knowledge of anatomy triggered a public demand to hold Equine Dissection Clinics.
Her Whole Horse Dissection is giving her students, who range through Equine Touch Practitioners, body workers, vets, trainers and even artists, the “big”picture of what is under the horses skin. Seeing the continuity of the fascia, observing the functional muscle chains of the horse opens eyes and broadens understanding of how the horse’s body works. This also helps to understand the effectiveness of different modalities and of their impact on the horse.
Following the success of the Equine Touch, Ivana researched and developed a gentle non-invasive modality exclusively for dogs which is called The Canine Touch.
Practical classes are now taught to students in two two-day seminars internationally. Her book and accompanying DVD “The Canine Touch” (available through Equine Touch instructors and National Co-ordination Centres) has been acclaimed by vets, dog handlers and trainers as a valuable and comprehensive body of work.