I am an Equine Podiatrist specialising in handling wild, untouched, feral and difficult to handle equines.
Touching into the wild heart of horses is how I work. It comes from my understanding of their innate evolutionary needs and my desire to see them living a happy and healthy life.
My aspiration is to touch the wild in all equines drawing from my work with Przewalski, feral and domestic equines. My goal is to allow each individual the freedom to express natural behaviour and live an authentic equine life. This leads to a equine who is fulfilled and content regardless of their environment or lifestyle.
My fascination with equine behaviour has led me along the path of specialising in working with horses that are often labelled ‘problem’ or ‘dangerous’. Finding low stress ways to handle them that also builds trust and connection is the foundation of my work. I feel a deep satisfaction when I can help a horse feel safe and calm enough to be handled by humans. I don’t have set methods or techniques but instead use my experience, alongside adaptability to introduce and then establish straightforward handling.
I qualified as an Equine Podiatrist In 2005 and have run my own ‘Whole Horse’ hoof care business since then. I work extensively in all areas of shoeless hoof care including hoofcare workshops, rehabilitation from lameness, maintaining performance hooves and transitioning out of shoes, as well as routine trimming and owner support. I also run feral pony and wild equid handling workshops.
In all of my work I apply my understanding of the physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs of horses. To further my knowledge, alongside workshops, courses and online study, I regularly spend time in Spain studying horse behaviour with the world renown equine ethologist Lucy Rees and her herds of wild living Pottochas.
I am presently dividing my time between Scotland and Zimbabwe, where I am studying Plains Zebra.
Thank you for visiting my page…
A thousand horse and none to ride! –
With flowing tail, and flying mane,
Wide nostrils never stretched by pain,
Mouths bloodless to the bit or rein,
And feet that iron never shod,
And flanks unscarred by spur or rod,
Came thickly thundering on,…
~Lord Byron, XVII, Mazeppa, 1818