About Me

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  • I'm Dawn Cox, a 56 year old rider, who came back into horses 12 years ago. I'd had horses on loan before but always wanted my own. Although I felt confident in my previous experience in handling, riding and caring for horses, it was actually quite a shock the evening my first horse, Maddie, actually arrived. I suddenly realized I had sole responsibility for this beautiful creature. Little did I really know what I'd let myself in for!

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I learnt very quickly that I didn't seem to think like most of the other horsey people around me. I was very interested in more natural methods of keeping horses, including bitless, barefoot, nutrition, and especially the horse's emotional state.  The responses I got as a 'novice owner' ranged from disbelief, scorn to outright hostility. I was given lots of 'advice' about what I should 'do' with my horse, and how .. and often when I hadn't even asked, or thought I needed an opinion! 

When I asked 'why?' I was told 'that's how it should be done', or 'has always been done'. However, I did begin to notice that not all of the information I was getting seemed to be what others were actually doing. So I took a step back and began to observe  and do some research of my own.

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Boy! Did I get a shock! I saw a huge disparity in what was being said and being done. I'd been given handling advice from someone who could not catch their own horse. I'd been given hoof-care advice by some one who never picked their horse's feet out,. I'd been told I wasn't a good enough rider to ride  bareback in a halter  by someone who wouldn't hack their horse out alone, and I'd even been told how many bales of bedding I should use, when we already had the biggest, softest bed on the yard! Eventually, I came to realise that these types of comments said far more about those that were sharing them than they did about how I was with my horse.

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Eventually I reached a point where the only one I took my leads from were my horses. I have learned so much from every one of them, and they have taught me far more, and  in much kinder ways, than any human has! 


My rule of thumb now is watch and listen. Many people can 'talk the talk', but they can't 'walk the walk'. Choose your advisors wisely !!!


So, 12 years down the line, I'm still learning new things every day. I'm still researching, expanding my skill set, and enjoy helping others, and their horses on their journeys too. 


I certainly don't have all the answers yet, but I'm working on it!

Qualifications & Experience

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  • 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, shortly to start  studying  it  at a Higher level


  • I hold Stages 1 & 2 of the British Horse Society’s Horse Ownership Course. 


  • Currently studying towards Level 3 CPD in  Horse Care & Stable Management


  • 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.