Hello and welcome.
Horses are unique and wonderful. As we bring them into our world our perceptions, expectations and views of the world can often clash with their innate needs and expectations with sometimes confusing results.
My goal is helping people find unity with their four-legged friends through understanding, awareness and empathy. I am a certified and accredited behaviourist specialising in horses, I completed Equine Behaviour & Welfare (20 point Masters module) with Edinburgh Royal (Dick) Vet School and I’m delighted to be staying on as a student of Edinburgh (although I’m based in Hampshire) on the MSc International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law course incorporating clinical animal behaviour, ethics, welfare, dog and cat welfare and lots more.
In addition I have studied ‘anthrozoology’ – the dynamics of human relationships with other animals and hold a Masters degree from Exeter University. My interest is in empathic awareness and understanding recognsing the difference between cognitive and emotional empathy. As Einstein said ‘we cannot only know’ meaning we cannot only apply science, conversely we cannot only apply ‘feeling’ – we must have both.
My role is helping you find the “feeling” and “knowing” together – that’s where unity and deep bonds with our animal friends are found with everyone’s welfare in mind.
Here’s the formal bit about the behaviour side of my work – all consultations are based on applied anthrozoology, finding the feeling and the knowing to help you connect with your horse.
What is an Equine Behaviourist?
Perhaps you need some advice on how to train, manage and care for your horse to avoid any problems in the future or:-
Perhaps your horse’s behaviour has changed? If s/he has become;
Quiet or withdrawn
Is finding it difficult to focus
Is ‘spooking’ excessively or doesn’t want to go forward
Seems restless within their field or stable environment
Has started demonstrating ‘stable vices’ such as weaving, crib biting or box walking
These are all clues that your horse is finding some aspect of his/her life difficult to cope with. Recognising what is causing stress for horses can be a complex process and must be approached on an individual level – after all horses are individuals!
Horses respond to their feelings of frustration, confusion, fear or pain with behaviour. Sometimes we humans mistake that behaviour as ‘being naughty’ or we get frustrated by the chewed wood or the constant weaving. In truth horse behaviour is a constant flow of communication to us about that horses state of mind and comfort within his situation. If we can understand and translate that communication correctly we can start to understand what he is really trying to tell us. A good behaviourist is all about picking up on these clues and identifying the core of the problem to help you both find resolutions that are morally right and have long lasting results.
I work through a thorough consultation process to help us identify the cause of the problem and we work together to devise a plan for positive solutions.
I believe that all our interactions with other animals are based on a mutual two-way relationship. There must be understanding in order for you to have a happy and safe flow of communication between you.
With that in mind, and in the strong belief that prevention is better than cure, I also offer equine behaviour and care educational visits together with ‘getting started clicker training’ for anyone interested. More information under the ‘services’ menu.
Covering New Forest, Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight