Born and raised in England Dr Thunes started riding at the age of 8 and from day one was involved in all aspects of her horse’s daily care. She competed in all disciplines including eventing, show jumping, dressage, gymkhana, trail, fox hunting, hunters, side saddle and was an active member of the UK Pony Club attaining her B rating before graduating High School. Her fascination in equine nutrition led her in pursuit of a BSc from Edinburgh where she spent the 3rd year of her degree at University of California Davis. During her undergraduate years Dr Thunes worked as a groom at a boarding stables outside of London looking after clients horses including a medium goal polo string. Dr Thunes played polo for both the Edinburgh and Davis teams. Returning to Davis for her graduate studies Dr Thunes remained involved in the horse community working with local youth as District Commissioner of Panache Pony Club in Davis and as a working student preparing FEI level dressage horses with a local trainer. She also owned and trained a young BLM mustang and competed him in dressage and eventing before selling him on to a youth competition home.
As an equine nutritionist Dr Thunes has worked with a wide range of horses from lactating mares to competitive driving horses, and with a variety of physiological problems including insulin resistance and muscle myopathies, and is happy to work in conjunction with your veterinarian. Dr Thunes believes in finding the right balance not only in the horse’s diet but also between the horse’s needs and the client’s resources. Equally able to work with the individual horse or an entire barn Dr Thunes enjoys the challenges of each unique situation and working with owners to find the optimal solution. Dr Thunes believes her clients should understand why various recommendations are being made and works hard to clearly explain her suggestions. Additionally Dr Thunes shares her knowledge talking with local equestrian groups on a range of nutrition related topics.
Although not currently riding on a regular basis due to recently starting a family, Dr Thunes is still active within her horse community working with local pony clubs and she hopes to get back in the saddle soon.