Dena Owens began her professional life as a chemical engineer and environmental policy analyst. After several years frustrated with life “indoors,” Dena followed her passion: horses. Early on Dena found employment as a barn manager at a 100-acre hunter/jumper/dressage facility with 70+ horses in her care. There she saw the dramatic difference good quality care—feed, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, veterinary, farrier, saddle fitting, and training techniques—could have on the health, happiness, and performance of horses. Since that time, Dena has focused her efforts on studying equine sports massage therapy, saddle fitting, and natural horsemanship training techniques. Her mission is to improve the lives of horses and their owners.
In 2011, Dena became a certified equine sports massage therapist through Equissage of Round Hill, VA. She has practiced massage in and around the Kennesaw, GA area on a variety of breeds. In 2013 Dena became an independent, certified saddle fitter. In 2013, she also continued her massage education by completing Mike Scott’s Massage Muscle Therapy Course in Camden, SC and by completing The EquineTouch 3-day Cadaver Clinic.
Dena’s first horse and inspiration for all things equine, was an off the track thoroughbred with the show name, “On Impulse.” While trained in both hunt seat and dressage, Dena now prefers primarily pleasure riding her Friesian/Percheron cross mare. She also has donated her time and services to McKenna Farms, a therapeutic riding facility in Dallas, GA, and to Healing Hands Youth Ranch in Waleska, GA.