Rachael Jayne Barker MSc BSc (Hons)

Rachael Jayne Barker has been involved with horses for many years. Starting riding at the age of seven years old, Rachael has been involved with almost every disipline, and had success in every field.


Rachaels' career started to take shape when she attended Brackenhurst College (now part of The Nottingham Trent University) and fulfilled not only the National Diploma in Horse Management, but also achieved the BSc (honours) degree in Equine Sports Science. It was during this time that Rachael took a stronger interest in biomechanics, and anatomy and physiology.


For three years following graduation, Rachael took on schooling and competing many horses, having success in both showing and eventing, and moving horses on in their career.


In 2010 Rachael took it upon herself to further her career, and was accepted onto the MSc McTimoney Manipulation, with the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, and the Univeristy of Wales.


As a fully qualified McTimoney Animal Manipulator, Rachael works to achieve the best possible treatment for your horse or dog. Rachael also continues to further her education, updating treatments methods, attending CDP days, and building stong working relationships with Veterinary practices and clients.

Since opening the practice Rachael has built a strong client base, working with owners and animals across the East midlands. Her customers range from grassroots riders and their horses, all the way up to Grand Prix dressage horses and HOYS contenders. All of which are treated as the individual animals they are, and given the very best of Rachaels knowledge and expertise. 

In 2015 Rachael achieved the great privialge of becoming a Petplan Equine sponsored rider. This continued into 2016, and then in 2017 changed to an Ambassadorship, in which Rachael managed to continue her role.


For 2018 Rachael has been reselected to continue her role campaigning for responsible ownership, once again, as a Petplan Equine Ambassador.


Following on from Rachaels position as a sponsored rider, she picked up the ride on Amanda Chatfields Irish draft, named Kingsclough Masquerade. Marcus, is competed by Amanda in British Dressage, making him a wonderfully balanced and responsive ride for side saddle. Since they teamed up in 2015 the combination has taken several championships, qualified and been placed in the National 'Classical Ladies' final two years in a row, and in 2017 came 2nd in the Novice Equitation championships. 


Rachael currently owns four horses. Her oldest and now semi-retired horse Sleet is now 17. Hes been with Rachael since he was four years old, and they have tackled many disiplines together. Sleet was Rachaels first side saddle horse, as well as eventing dressage and jumping, showing, and posing for photos shoots, there isnt much they havent done. Sleet unfortunatey now suffers with arthritic changes in his hocks, along with Kissing spine syndrome, so now enjoys a life hacking and low level dressage.


The next is Tristan (My Little Wing Man) a four year old coloured pony, who has suffered from Uveitis in both eyes since a young age. Early in 2017 he had his nearside eye removed due to developing Glaucoma, and has recovered happily. Tristan has been lightly broken over the winter with view to beginging his ridden career as a lead rein pony in 2018.


Lordie (Lord Gale) was a successful racehorse in his younger days, but unfortunately fell into uncaring hands. In 2015 Rachael took this horse on and began his rehabilitation, and retraining as a riding and sports horse. Hes has progressed well, and now excelles in dressage and showing, with hope of contending some ROR classes in 2018.


The newest edition to the team is Goodmans Gift, stable name Blee. Owned by Paul and Roxanne Goodman, Blee came to Rachael in November 2017. Unfortunately the youngster managed to kick himself in the field on his first day out, fracturing his splint bone. After a period of box rest, followed by some rehabilitation, Blee is now back in work and starting his education.


Rachael Jayne Barker

Tel 07792 255007


email: optimalequine@outlook.com

Business hours

Appointments can be made to suit your schedule. Please contact Rachael to discuss your requirements.


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