Horses

Every day I help people enjoy their lives with their horses, whether that’s happy hacking or horse trials.

If you have any type of behaviour problem with your horse, call me on 07748 369424 or email me at info@animalbehaviourclinics.com

If you would like a complimentary initial telephone consultation to find out how I can help you, with no obligation, you can book this online here: book appointment

I’m fully qualified, registered and insured and I know exactly what needs doing to resolve your own horse’s behaviour problem, however serious.

My standard behaviour package fee is £425 and we can get started just as soon as I receive the go ahead from your veterinary surgeon.

Behaviour takes time to develop and it takes time to undo. These are basic psychological principles. I take a whole horse, whole of life approach and my advice will stand you in good stead for years to come, as well as helping you overcome the problem behaviour you are seeing right now.

I offer the following services:

Clinical behaviour consultations under veterinary referral*
Behaviour assessments
Welfare assessments
Expert witness
Supervision/mentoring for new consultants

*Veterinary referral means that your veterinary surgeon formally consents for me to consult with you. Potential clients are free to contact me directly, or your vet can get in touch in the first instance.

Please scroll down this page for full details of fees and bookings.

What happens at a behaviour consultation?

Unlike vets or doctors, animal behaviour work is not regulated by law and this can make it very difficult for horse owners to know who to choose. It’s essential to ensure that your adviser will not make matters worse by using unsuitable or unsafe methods, or even techniques that will cause your horse pain or fear. The Animal Behaviour and Training Council is the only regulatory body working closely with the UK Government to rectify these risks and it sets and maintains the standards of knowledge and practical skills needed to work in the animal behaviour industry. By making sure that you work with a Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist like me, you can be assured that you are being advised by one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced behaviourists.

It’s certainly not every day that a behaviourist turns up at your yard to help you with any problems you might be having with your horse, so here is some information about what to expect when I visit you. Firstly, I’m very easy to talk to! I understand that it can be difficult for you to seek help from a specialist, when we’re all supposed to be expert horse people; and I know I’m never the first person on an owner’s list of “who to call when things go wrong” – you’ve probably asked your instructor, your farrier, your vet, and no doubt you’ve had all sorts of advice from other people on your yard, whether you asked for it or not! So, whilst my assessments and vet reports are based on good scientific evidence about equine behaviour and ethology, when I am with you and your horse my primary focus is to support both of you in helping you through the problems you’re having, so that when I leave the yard you will have immediate and positive changes you can make for the better.

Before my visit

When you phone me to request a consultation I will take basic details from you together with a brief description of the problem. I consult on behavioural problems only, not physical or medical issues, and I always work under veterinary referral from your registered veterinary surgeon so that if we do suspect an underlying medical issue we can refer back to your vet.

I will send you a questionnaire to complete and return, where you can give more details about the behaviour problem and your horse’s management and background.

I will obtain a formal referral from your veterinary surgeon; this will advise me of any physical or medical conditions that I need to be aware of. The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 lays responsibility with vets for the diagnostic health and welfare of animals registered in their care.

During my visit

My first consultation visit to you will usually take around two hours and we’ll talk through these areas:
daily/weekly routine
turnout, stabling, exercise and schooling regimes
medical considerations as advised by your veterinary surgeon
your experience of the behavioural problem
your horse’s ownership history

I will:
make an assessment of the behavioural problem and explain to you why it is happening
discuss options that will work for you in your situation
work with you to develop a personalised retraining plan that you will be able to carry out to help resolve the problem
coach you in how to apply my recommendations correctly

After my visit

I will:
give you a written action plan and advice sheets
write to your vet with a summary of my assessment and recommendations
The treatment plan I develop for you will be based on sound psychological techniques to establish the behaviour you want. They are scientifically validated and effective. I will not ask you to make any changes that you feel uncomfortable with. If you follow my recommendations you will see the positive changes you want in your horse’s behaviour, and I will give you telephone and e-mail support after my visit too.

Fees and services

To book a consultation, please call 07748 369424 or email info@animalbehaviourclinics.com.

Insurance: My professional qualifications and accreditations mean that your insurance policy may cover my professional fees, but you should check this with your insurer first.

All animals are unique and no two behaviour cases are the same. In cases where your horse is showing unwanted behaviour it is essential to look for the causes of the problem and treat those causes; this involves going beyond reschooling or any packaged training methods and taking a psychological rehabilitation approach specific to the individual horse. The recommendations I will give you will help you to change your own horse’s unwanted behaviour.

All my consultations are conducted under referral/approval from your veterinary surgeon.

Remote consultations via Skype or Zoom are also available.

Fees:
Behaviour consultation £425:
Contact with your vet
My visit to your yard (or structured remote consultation)
Full assessment of the behaviour problem
Your individualised treatment plan explained and demonstrated to you
A written behaviour report and action plan
Video back up
Weekly progress review and any recommended changes

Behavioural support, further stages:
We will review your progress together and decide whether you need further behavioural support, which may be face to face or via Skype, email or phone.
Further stages if needed are charged at £65/one hour session. Additional support will always be discussed and agreed with you.

Complex or serious behavioural disorders, or where you need further support, may often require between one and three additional follow up visits; these will be agreed with you and the final decision is always yours.

I cover the whole of the UK for equine cases and I can travel internationally to advise you how to resolve your horse behaviour problem.

Deposits are payable in advance by bank transfer and the balance is payable after the first visit.

Other consultancy services e.g. expert witness, lecturing, workshops, speaking engagements: please contact me to discuss.

Supervision/mentoring for new consultants: please contact me to discuss.

Sanctuaries and welfare organisations, please contact for details of reduced price or pro bono consultations.

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