My name is Sophie Taiki and I am a Qualified and Australia Wide Accredited Equine Body Therapist and a recognized Practitioner of the ETAA, Equine Therapies Association of Australia, based in Echuca VIC 3564.
I am 29, happily married, a mother to a 4 year old daughter. I have 2 horses, 4 dogs (all my dogs are the same age so I did the puppy thing once but x 4) & a cat.
Anyone who knows me personally knows my greatest passion is animals, big & small!
I was a training Veterinary Nurse before we had our daughter. Even though I was almost finished, unfortunately I didn’t become qualified after realising I’m too sensitive – meaning I was a complete mess with any euthanasia’s and also because I couldn’t do x-rays while pregnant.
I learnt a lot of valuable lessons to carry within my life though, so it wasn’t for nothing.
This is where my wee story begins..
31st August 2018
I went to the sale yards in Echuca for a look, I have never been to the sale yards before.
I had a walk around, so many beautiful horses.
It probably wasn’t allowed but I had cut up carrots in my pockets and as I walked along, I would give a horse a carrot.
I had no intention of leaving the sale yards with a horse.
Just as I was leaving, I heard bidding in the arena & decided to stay and watch.
Many horses came in ridden.
Lots of beautiful horses who went for large amounts of money & I bet fantastic homes.
Then, Charlie Tango came in.. a 12 year old Thoroughbred & with all the loud noise around, something happened, it went silent for me & I just watched Charlie and as weird as it sounds, it was like everything was in slow motion
People started bidding on him and for some crazy reason I was drawn to him.
Well, I ended up bidding on him and won!
Prior to this, when I was 17 years old, I was given my first horse – a Standardbred, Grady, who I never had any problems with.
Get on him and away we go!
Grady didn’t even need a vet in the 5 years I owned him.
Essentials were carried out though of course!
Anyway my friend brought Charlie back to my house for me.
I then realised what I was in for…