I am a therapeutic counsellor with an equestrian background. I combine these skills to help you to get the best out of your relationship with your horse.
Building a better relationship with your horse is about how you work as a team. . Sessions will include ‘talking therapy’ without the horse, to gain self-awareness and to explore issues going on for you, such as loss of confidence and anxiety. We can also work with your horse, to improve how you function together.
Understanding your Horse
Being flight animals, horses are very aware of non-verbal communication and our body language, noticing how calm and confident we are, or not. This applies to all aspects of horsemanship – whether we are riding or handling them, or simply in their presence. They pick up things about ourselves we are not even aware of!
What happens in sessions?
We can discuss your worries, and fear, and the impact life events, such as trauma, may have impacted on your riding. Trauma may be a result of a fall, or personal experiences, such as bereavement. What affects you personally can turn horsemanship from a pleasurable experience into a nightmare! Talking about strategies and a game-plan off the horse in a calm environment can help you to work through problems before putting them into practice.
I can offer a ‘package deal’ of 6 sessions, Personal sessions without the horse can be on-line, using Zoom. I can also come to you to work with you and your horse in a ridden/handling session, for up to an hour. (Travel costs may apply.)