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 horse the freedom to express natural horse behaviour and live an authentic horse life. This leads to a horse who is fulfilled and content regardless of their environment or lifestyle.
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 rehabilitation from lameness, maintaining performance hooves and
transitioning out of shoes, as well as routine trimming and owner support.
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.
In all of my work I apply my understanding of the physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs of horses which I have learnt about through the study of equine ethology (the study of animals in their natural habitat) and equine evolution. To further my knowledge, alongside workshops, courses and online study, I regularly spend time in Spain studying wild living Pottokas (a feral breed of Spanish pony) at the mountain reserve which was set up by and is run by the world renown Equine Ethologist Lucy Rees .
I live with my family and animals within my local community amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. And at present I am in Africa, studying the zebra of Kariba, Zimbabwe.
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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