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Symmetry = Success with Bambi Dore

Bodywork for Horses Course

Matrix is proud to be offering a new course, taught by Bambi Dore.

This course is the start of passing the torch - an attempt to create a learnable system of bodywork paired with therapeutic tools for efficiency. This fall there will be three separate Symmetry = Success courses, which will be held at the Matrix Training Facility on September 26-27, October 24-25, and November 14-15, 2015.

Classes are kept VERY small so you must email or call before paying. There is the opportunity to bring your own horse, however you must contact Matrix beforehand if you are interested in bringing horses. Also, there is plenty of room for living quarter trailers.

Who Should Take the Class: Exposes therapists to a bodywork system that is a blend of several types of therapies, which creates a more thorough method to accomplish the end goal of comfort and soundness for the horse. Primarily for equine therapists looking for indepth knowledge on unique and effective bodywork techniques and a specialized evaluation system. Knowledgeable horse owners looking to keep their own horses sound will also benefit from the material provided.

Course Description: Symmetry = Success (Module 1) is unlike any course you have taken. Learn why massage, chiropractic, stretching, and other types of bodywork doesn’t always get the job done. Learn what you might be doing that is not beneficial. Learn repeatable steps to improve your horse. Over the course of two days, learn how to make significant changes and see the difference with newly educated eyes.

The course is two days long and is taught by Bambi Dore. Classroom and hands-on clinic teaching the introduction to Bambi’s bodywork techniques, including a system to evaluate the entire horse and how to address the issues that are found.

Being able to assess the horse’s whole body and determine the next step in a timely and efficient manner is the big difference between an average therapist and an excellent one. Each session is meant to improve the horse significantly, and this course will help you do just that. If you have taken massage courses you'll find this course is not that. This is not the same as other types of massage and bodywork courses, but it does incorporate using your hands and therapy tools.

Optional Best-Vet Training & Certification: Optional Best-Vet Certification Testing available at no extra cost. If desired, you can bring your case studies and take the Matrix Best-Vet Certification Test on Sunday at 3:30pm after the Symmetry = Success class has completed. Contact or visit

Additional Class Available: Microcurrent & Iontophoresis 100 is being offered on the Friday before each clinic. The dates are Sept 25, Oct 23, and Nov 13, 2015. This class is a basic introduction with hands on training, great for first time users or as a review. Covers microcurrent therapy using various electrodes as well has phoresing (iontophoresis) practice with horses. The class is from 9:30am to 3:30pm (PST). Cost is $175 per person. For more information contact or sign-up here.

The following are requirements for attending the class.

  • Knowledge and experience working with (owning horses),  
  • Equine Anatomy,
  • Basic knowledge of Microcurrent,
  • Recommended Reading:  
    • MicroCurrent for Horses
    • Horse Anatomy (Dover Coloring Book) by John Green

Location: Matrix Therapy Products' Training Facility. See below for lodging and area details.

Course Dates: There are currently three separate courses scheduled, see clinic dates. Each course will be 9:30am - 3:30pm each day, spent in the barn and classroom. For those interested, the Best-Vet Certification Test starts at 3:30pm on Sunday.

Price: $399 (per weekend)

Sign-Up: Space is limited, contact before paying. Pay for course here.

About the Bodywork Course

Bambi Dore’s unique blend of bodywork is influenced by her training in cranial sacral, myofascial release, osteopathy, soft chiropractic, oriental medicine, and therapy tools. Her courses on learning bodywork are offered in Level 1 and Level 2 options. The Level 1 course was created to introduce the steps in a repeatable fashion. It is designed to help others learn a system for whole body evaluation and addressing the issues found.

The upcoming classes are all the two day, Level 1 Symmetry = Soundness course hosted by Matrix Therapy Products. There will be lunch and course materials provided, and horses on site for hands-on practice.

For decades lucky clients of Bambi have been in awe of her ability to see what needs to be done and to accomplish it. To her, animals are billboards showing the obvious issues that need fixing. Meanwhile, the untrained watch in bewilderment as she quietly puts a horse back together.

Bambi has been working in the bodywork field for around 30 years, and referral is the only way you learn about Bambi. She has no website, business cards, or advertising for her services but still manages to have a long waiting list.

Bambi Dore's Bio

Bambi maintains a large clientele list in the Northwest, owns six horses, and has just started roping lessons. In her youth, Bambi rode steeple chase and dressage in Europe. She returned to the US in the 60s, accepting a position as a dressage trainer in Pebble Beach, CA. A short marriage to an (excellent) farrier and having a daughter facilitated a move to the Northwest. She then expanded to eventing as both trainer and rider. Also, Bambi operated a thoroughbred breeding program and lesson barn in dressage, jumping, and cross country.

Therapy entered into her life when she was seriously injured. This path took her on a personal quest to get out of a wheel chair. The list of courses she has taken is extensive. Each time looking for that special nugget of information for new inspiration. She started applying that knowledge to her horses, then to clients’ horses. She was often used by many companies as the testing ground for new therapy equipment and has a keen sense of what is good for horses and what equipment is not.

Bambi is one of the nicest and most humble instructors you'll ever have and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone with as much experience and knowledge about caring for horses. As her clients often say, “I wish I had an ounce of her knowledge.”

Lodging & Area Attractions

Recommended Nearby Lodging

*Holiday Inn Express (503) 722-7777
75 82nd Dr, Gladstone, OR

*Days Inn Portland South (503) 654-1699
9717 Southeast Sunnyside Road, Clackamas, OR 97015

*These tend to be the preferred hotels

Monarch Hotel (503) 652-1515
12566 Southeast 93rd Avenue, Portland/Clackamas, OR 97015

Courtyard Portland Southeast (503) 652-2900
9300 Southeast Sunnybrook Boulevard, Clackamas, OR 97015

Best Western Plus Rivershore Hotel
1900 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045
Note: This is a dated facility

Nearby Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

Oregon Area Attractions

  • Downtown Portland (45 min. away)
  • Multnomah Falls (Approx. 1 hr away)
  • Timberline Lodge (Approx. 1 hr 10 min away)
  • Oregon Coast: Tillamook Beach (and Tillamook Cheese Factory), Seaside, Astoria, Cannon Beach. (Approx. 2 hours away)
  • Bob's Red Mill (Approx. 30 min away)

Time estimated from Matrix Therapy Products Training Facility.

For more information contact Matrix Therapy Products.

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