When I embarked on my three year study of the science of Behaviour and Learning my mission was to make the world a better place for horses to live in!
Whatever our equine passion may be, we are all asking our horses to compromise from the free ranging, roaming environment they would be living in if they were to choose for themselves. Many horses cope with domestication extremely well, but every so often their confidence breaks down and they may show that they are stressed or not coping by displaying unwanted behaviours like napping, rearing, bolting or generally not co-operating with essential life skills such as the wearing tack, standing for the farrier, having rugs put on, being worming etc.
As I have gained more experience and worked with more people and horses I have learned that more often than not, the way the horse is behaving is a reflection of their experience or relationship with humans past or present. This is not usually because the human is a bad or cruel person but most commonly because communication has broken down and the horse has developed a coping strategy that helps.
For horses to perform to their best abilities they need to feel well physically, emotionally and mentally and that is why, as well as my qualification in Equine Behaviour, I have gone on to qualify as a Classical Rider Coach, Equine Facilitated Coach and developed my skills in Ground Work and Liberty Training through Horse Agility.
I combine all my skills to help my clients communicate with horses in a unique and force free way tailored to that horse and human combination. I want to help you achieve your goals together in a happy and relaxed way whatever those goals are whether competing at a high level or happy hacking around the countryside etc.
No stress, coercion or pain involved!
My name is Lotta von der Heyde and I am based near Wellington in Somerset. Please call me for a chat if you would like more information or to book a session.