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Welcome to my page, inspired by my beautiful mare Grace who caused me to change my approach not only to horsemanship, but how we interact with all beings and life in general!

I am a freelance BHS Accredited Senior Coach, Trust Technique® Practitioner (this is for ALL types of animal) and classical trainer based near Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK. If you are not nearby I can offer video consultations and lessons or I can travel for small groups by arrangement.

How can I Help You?

Developing Connection with Any Animal:-

The Trust Technique® – a mindfulness practice, slow down, find peace and clarity of mind, calm focus, learn to observe behaviour and work at the animal’s pace to develop a listening state and mutual understanding.

Graceful Horsemanship:_

Groundwork – from haltering to classical work in hand – bring mindfulness into action, developing a calm communication that can be transferred into ridden work if you choose.

Riding – from basics to collection – all ground and ridden work is based on classical principles, training for mental, emotional and physical well-being.

About Me

At the age of 8, I had to make a choice – ballet or horse-riding. I chose riding.

I had weekly lessons and by the time I was a teenager, I was spending all my weekends and holidays helping out, watching and learning. I was small, so I also got to back and ride away the young ponies.

I left school at 16 and became a working pupil at a riding school/livery yard/stud and took my BHSAI a year later. I spent a season working in a leading showing yard but I soon returned to teaching and was the head girl in a riding school/livery/competition yard for a while. I then decided I wanted a “proper job” so that I could, for the first time afford my own horse, but continued to teach freelance in my spare time.

In 1991 I took my BHSII and by this time I was starting to compete regularly in anything and everything on my own and others’ horses. My interest started to focus on dressage and I was more drawn to the classical training methods but still enjoyed competing. Over the following years I remained a keen student and in addition to continuing the classical training, I also explored natural horsemanship.

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Blog – Reflections on Horses and Life

Emotions and Behaviour

The Trust Technique is not about fixing problems, it’s about understanding the underlying emotions which can create a problem. For example, a horse who gets upset when separated from their friends, or a dog who is aggressive or over excited when they meet other dogs. This behaviour may be related to a past traumatic event …