HOLISTIC & NATURAL HERD CARE I am passionate about working with colleagues, independent sites and other practitioners to ensure the holistic and species appropriate care of the herds I work with and horses in general. The horses are in service to our clients and we in turn, are in service to our herds. I currently work across 2 sites and am involved with others. Before they are anything to us horses are, first and foremost, herd-living, grazing mammals. It is not an inevitability that they will ever engage in the EFPT work if they come to live on the sites I work from, some will simply serve the role of being an important part of the herd, for the herd's sake. Although restricted by domestication we seek to offer them as enriched a living environment as possible. Living in a mixed herd of mares and geldings they live out all year round 24/7, with access to shelter as they choose.
During client sessions the herd are at liberty to engage or not and on the 'wild site' they have over 35 acres within which to express their preference for proximity. Individual sentient beings with differing needs and behaviours, some choosing to follow their curiosity and share territory with clients, others hang back and offer different perspectives.
The herds are barefoot and I use positively reinforced Relational Horsemanship methods to support their health and well-being when we need to undertake routine care-giving such as hoof trimming or first-aid.
I collaborate with a wonderful and eclectic team of horse professionals, from coaches who work on every level to promote physical, emotional and energetic balance. Qualified Equine Dental Technician Bee May, Lingfield and Prior's Farm Equine Vets, a Homeopathic and Holistic Vet Dr Sonia Leggett, plus energy and body work professionals to support the nuanced emotional and energetic needs of our special equine teams. The herds are fed organic and pesticide free, low sugar natural feeds and hay and are free to move at all times. The herds all benefit from using Track Systems and hybrid Equicentral land management to encourage even more movement and support foraging and innate social behaviours. I work symbiotically with the land to nurture bio-diversity.
I believe that your EFPT experience is enhanced by the way I serve the herds' innate needs for community, relationship and individual agency to move, graze and socialise at will, free from coercion and punitive training methods. Enabling their true energetic and holistic health removes many of the compromises of traditional horse care and management and allows them to be with you fully, in whole health - modeling an integrated and authentic 'self'.
I reinvest money earned through providing my services, not just into expanding my programmes and creating affordable, accessible experiences for my clients, but also into the development of collaborative ventures with other like-minded organisations. I have a specific interest in discovering new ways we can support our herds.... such as inviting other practitioners, holistic specialists and conservation/land management professionals to enhance their care and environment. I am learning and adapting every day, hoping to never miss an opportunity to enrich the lives and health of our incredible horses and the environments within which they live.