I have been around horses most of my life. I started the usual, traditional, way at riding schools. There, I would spend my weekends helping out and was often designated to ride the "naughty" ponies. I began to grow weary of the traditional methods, however, of bits, whips and spurs and force, and seeked a different way and a better relationship with horse.
I made a break away from it all and took on my own horse, Gaia, a French Trotter mare who had a bad start in life. She showed me a different way and what it is like to feel a true connection with a horse. She has been my insipiration and my tutor.
Over the years of working with my own horses and others I have worked on developing my horsemanship further. I have spent a lot of time training different equines, and learning from each and every one I met along the way. I use a calm, no force approach to training. I believe that an equine should be allowed to learn at their own pace and that rushing them only causes problems futher along the journey. My focus is on positive reinforcement and treating each animal, and indeed human, as an individual.
Over recent years I have become more and more interested in donkey and mule behaviour and training. I am also personally at a point in my equine journey where riding is far less important to me and I actively encourage people to do more on the ground and embrace equines who are not ridden. I have 6 horses/ponies of my own and a wonderful little mule. They've all found their way to me one way or another!
I aim to help those who need help, whether they be horse or human, and to build relationships between horse and owner.
Myself, with Misty and Pride.
Playing music for the mares