I am a mature rider, age 55, who rode as a child, then came back into horses 15 years ago. I have owned my own horses since 2008 but I've never been happy doing some things with my horses ..'because that's how it's always been done.'
Often I knew my horses weren't happy with this approach, and neither was I. So I began to look for other ways to do those things ... and boy, did I get a shock !!! The majority of the time it was hard to find the right people to support me, especially when it came to questioning why my horse 'needed' a bit, or shoes, or even certain feeds.... !!! So, in the end, I listened to the real experts, my horses, and then I realized not only did I know as much as I thought I did, but actually, neither did the people who were trying to 'advise' me !!! 11 years down the line, and I'm still asking questions, still learning something new everyday, and loving it all !
I've been a certified City & Guilds Further & Adult Education Instructor since 1995. I have over 24 years experience successfully collating, delivering , evaluating and developing learning programs for specific target groups, in a variety of subjects. I decided to use these skills when people kept asking me how we do what we do so well with our horses.
I hold a Higher Distinction in CPD Level 3 Equine Behavior & Psychology and will shortly commence Higher Certification in the same.
I hold Stages 1 & 2 of the British Horse Society’s Horse Ownership Course.
I have been providing Equine Assisted Therapy, on a non-profit basis, for private clients, since 2008.
As a former Trading Standards Enforcement Officer, trained in Statutory Animal Welfare legislation, I have a good working knowledge of Animal Health issues, including Equine, Rural and Farm related issues, Bio-security consultation & management, Infectious Disease Control, Civil Law Advice & Criminal Law Enforcement.
I have recently been approved as the first UK Demonstrator of the innovative tree-less Total Contact Saddle by Total Contact Equine Solutions. For details of my Trail Facilities please click the Total Contact Saddle Trial Link Button below.
I am a Published Guest Author in the non-fiction book'From their Heart to Yours' by top UK Animal Communicator Holly Davis.