About Dynamic Balance

“Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one’s horse as he is leaping.” – William Augustus Hare

Healing with the Whole Horse in Mind

Dynamic Balance Equestrian is Lyz Rudolph-Michaels, a horse trainer, coach, and animal structural alignment specialist. Lyz works in two ways: teaching people to communicate clearly and effectively with their horses, and working with the horses to help improve their performance, comfort, and freedom of movement.

Dynamic Balance clients are people who are willing to do what it takes to have happy, healthy horses.

The result of our work is enhanced relationships between people and horses.

Hands pressing on a horses back

Certifications
Lyz holds many equine related credentials, including:

  • Director at Large on the board of the Horse Protection Society of BC
  • President of the BC Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork Practitioners  (2016 – 2018)
  • University of Guelph Equine Welfare Certificate with Distinction (2017)
  • Certified Level 1 Thermographer from The Infraspection Institute (2016)
  • Certified Equine Thermal Imager from United Infared (2016)
  • CHA certified instructor Level 2 English and Western (updated and current since 2002)
  • Chris Irwin Certified coach and trainer Silver Level groundwork and riding skills (2003-2016)
  • University of Guelph Diploma of Equine Studies (Including Equine Science Certificate) with Distinction (2006, 2010)
  • University of Guelph Certificate of Equine Business with Distinction (2010)
  • Certificate of Equine Therapy from Helen J Woods School of Equine Studies (2010)
  • St John’s Ambulance standard first aid (updated and current since 2002)

Zephyr, the horse I owe my career to. Photo credit: Dawn Woolsey

A Life-Long Passion

Lyz has been involved with horses her whole life and discovered a passion for coaching in her late teens after the purchase of her first horse. Dynamic Balance Equestrian was established in 2004 and has been evolving ever since.

In 2010 Lyz became a certified Equine Therapist and structural alignment therapy is now the main focus of her work. She still offers coaching and training but has shifted to a more alignment related riding style. Lyz has taught riders and horsepeople of all ages and disciplines and has worked with horses of all breeds and types.

For all our Fuzzy Friends

In addition to horses, Lyz offers structural alignment work for dogs, cats, cows, goats, and any other animal that might need it. (Fish, turtles, and humans exempt!)

Structural alignment can benefit every animal, allowing peak performance free of pain, discomfort and tension. Whether you are looking to alleviate a chronic or acute injury, strengthen a weakness, or just looking to give your companion an enjoyable, refreshing experience, Dynamic Balance Equestrian is happy to help.

 

Testimonials

“I have known Lyz Rudolph-Michaels for over a decade and I trust her with any horse question I have. I go to Lyz for her structural alignment, horse training and her riding instruction skills. She is incredibly knowledgeable. Her answers are never off the top of her head but well researched. I highly recommend Lyz.”

Evelyn Mckelvie | Executive Coach | www.equinecoach.ca

“It is with absolute confidence and enthusiasm that I recommend Lyz to anyone looking for help and guidance with the welfare and well-being of their horses.  Lyz is  the real deal and the horses adore her touch.”

Chris Irwin | World Renowned Equine Behaviourist | www.chrisirwin.com

“Thank you so much Lyz for the adjustment/healing you recently gave our young filly Sirius Eclipse. I have noticed a huge difference in her freedom of movement as well as an overall sense of happiness emanating from her. You are a jewel.”

Tina Marie Barnes | Way of the Medicine Horse | www.thirteenmoonsfarm.com

“I was at my wits end with a particular horse who after a turn-out accident was unable to walk properly – turns out he had wrenched his femur. Lyz fixed it along with a number of other problems turning him back into the stellar athlete I knew he was! I have since used Lyz on all my horses and recommend her to all my clients. No one does adjustments quite as well.”

Katrina Per | Manager and Coach at Capriole Academy | www.caprioleacademy.com

“Lyz from Dynamic Balance Equestrian was recommended to us by a number of people when we were looking to have some work done on our miniature gelding who was walking very wide and stiff behind.

Lyz was very knowledgeable and professional, she was very good with our little guy and as well as working on him she gave us exercises, stretches and massages that we could do between her visits.

Her treatments helped his movement and I would recommend Lyz to anyone who is looking for some relief for their equine partners. ”

Tina Eterman

“It has been almost 4 years since Lyz first came out to see my QH mare.

My horse sustained some major trauma that Lyz helped us work through. Lyz has adjusted my horse from head to tail, and she is now moving pain-free and balanced. We still get several adjustments a year just to keep things on track.

If you think your horse is in pain or off-balance, I highly recommend you give Lyz a call and have her do an assessment. We can’t thank you enough Lyz! Diva and I have also done training with Lyz to work on our focus and balance. She is always so patient and has really helped us with our ring work. I love her positive work ethic and training methods, she’s calm and so skilled.

My horse loves her and that is saying alot! I fully recommend Lyz for lessons and training for riders of all levels”

Eunice Rousseau

“If you’re looking for an excellent bodyworker for your furry friend; whatever the issue, be it an injury or regular maintenance, look no further.

Lyz is highly professional, very reliable, and fun to boot. She is passionate about the work she performs and she genuinely cares about your horse. My personal experiences include maintenance on two horses and a badly injured dog (hairline fracture in the neck) and all three benefited from her adjustments.

Lyz was my structural alignment specialist for a little over two years and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her whole heartedly. You won’t find a more dedicated, knowledgeable person. Now if only she could teleport to the Kootenays regularly I’d continue to hire her!”

Emilee Michaud

“My horse has noticeably improved from Lyz’s adjustments in range of motion, energy and attitude. After the last session his right side stiffness literally disappeared overnight and he was bucking and galloping with glee. I also found Lyz’s bonus riding tips for horse mobility and harmony to have worked like a charm.”

Amber Prince

“When my girl first showed up she was high strung and difficult and you still managed to adjust her and get her head on straight. Now whenever she pulls a silly and gets herself out of alignment you’re first on the list of who I call!”

Brittany Linnett