Dr Sharon May-Davis Ph.D

“The Bone Lady”

Sharon is one of Australia’s leading experts in the biomechanics & musculo-skeletal system of the equine.

Her passion has lead her all over the world working with top performance horses and sharing her exceptional understanding of the equine. Sharon has done a great deal of research into the congenital abnormalities associated with the equine skeleton particularly in relation to the thoroughbred horse.

Qualifications;   M.App.Sc. (Rural) – 4 equine thesi B.App.Sc. (Equine) Advanced Certification Horse  Management (1 year full time study) Equine Body Work: Advanced Equine Massage ; Equine Myofascial Release; Equine Cranio-sacral Techniques; Certificate of Honour (Honourary) Midway College Kentucky.

Nickname – The Bone Lady – because of the skeletons she researches and articulates. Equine CSI – because she digs and investigates multiple causes of either death or limiting factors. Sharon started to ride at 4 years of age. Began competing at 14. Reached Royal (won and placed) and National level. Stopped competitive riding in her late twenties and began her academic career.

Began dissecting rabbits at 14 and built her first skeleton at 17 (rabbit). Completed her first equine post mortem at 21 and began equine dissecting at 35.  Began lecturing at 36. Studied at the Australian Museum as a layperson and began building her first equine skeleton at 36. Began researching at 36 and collective work at 38.   Began writing articles for various publications and scientific journals at 39. Managed her first Australian Champion at 40. Began lecturing overseas at 41.

Completed 4 Masters thesis by 46. By 50 had managed or worked with Australian Champions from 6 different disciplines; Eventing, Dressage, Endurance, Showjumping, Reining and Vaulting, plus representative horses in 4 disciplines. At 51, still contemplating a Phd.  However at present, researching several skeletal anomalies and the latest to join a long list is – “Congenital fractures of the equine navicular”.

Preliminary Radiographic Protocols for Identifying Congenital Malformations of the Caudal Cervical Vertebrae …