As a lifelong equestrian, Emily has incorporated her love of horses into every stage of her life. She grew up riding any discipline anyone would teach her, working as a 'barn rat' in exchange for lessons, board, and just extra time with the horses. Taking a special interest in horses that others had given up on, she aimed to earn horses' trust so that the barn she loved felt as safe for them as it did for her. During college, Emily rode for the varsity athletic Roger Williams University Equestrian Team, and volunteered as a therapeutic riding instructor. Carrying that with her into graduate school, she taught horseback riding lessons to all levels of riders, including students with developmental delays, while earning her MSc in Psychology. She is working on becoming certified in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) through the HERD institute.