Horses

Helping you reach the horse of your heart…

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, just let me know by email, phone or text.

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

Read on to find out how I can help.

WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

Level 1:  Hmm.  Your horse is no angel but the problem’s not getting in the way of your life….yet.
My behaviour package for you gives you all the help you need when something needs “nipping in the bud” or if your problem is very specific and not yet causing serious disruption to the life you lead with your horse. I will visit you at your yard or field, or we will “meet up” online e.g. Zoom or Skype, and I will do a full behavioural assessment, which means that I will know exactly what support you need, and I will give you exactly the right advice to solve the problem you are having with your horse, including a summary report. If in my professional opinion I find that you would benefit from my full behavioural rehabilitation programme I will let you know why and you will have the choice to move across to that programme.
Essential behaviour advice. Price £195

Level 2:  Eeek.  Who moved my perfect horse?
When you feel that you have lost the horse of your dreams, when you have had to stop doing many of the activities you used to love to do with your horse, or when these activities have become very difficult and challenging, perhaps you have even stopped riding or you can’t take your horse off the yard, you need my full rehabilitation package. I will provide a full assessment, at your yard or using an online service such as Skype or Zoom. I will explain why the problem is happening so that you can understand your horse a lot better and I will develop a three month rehabilitation programme tailored uniquely to the needs of you and your horse so that you can get back to the life you used to have. During this time I will give you my full support including any additional advice or coaching in training techniques. Occasionally some complex problems take longer to resolve and we will discuss any further support that you need, priced at £130 per additional month.  At the end of this programme you will be able to enjoy life once again with your horse.
Full behavioural rehabilitation programme. Price £425

Level 3:  Yikes! All of the problem and none of the time
When your busy life is already full of work, kids or caring and your horse’s behaviour is stopping you riding or handling them safely but you don’t have a spare second to deal with it, I will visit your horse at your yard five days per week for five weeks, to carry out my full behavioural assessment and rehabilitation programme for you. I will develop the unique programme you need, tailored to resolve the problem you are having, I’ll explain it to you and keep you updated, and at the end of five weeks your life will still be busy! but your difficult horse problem will be a thing of the past.
Premium behaviour package. Price £1,750

How I work

Your horse’s unwanted behaviour took 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 behaviour consultants and undergrad/postgrad students

Remote consultations via Skype or Zoom are also available.

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.

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 simply reschooling; it means taking a psychological rehabilitation approach specific to each individual horse. The recommendations I will give you will help you to change your own horse’s unwanted behaviour.

*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.  I consult on behavioural problems only, not physical or medical issues, and I always work under referral from your registered veterinary surgeon so that if we do suspect an underlying medical issue we can refer back to your vet.

Please scroll down this page for full details of how to book.

What happens at a behaviour consultation?

Before my visit
When you first contact me we will arrange a 30 minute initial no-obligation consultation where you can give me details about the behaviour problem you are having, and I can tell you more about the way I work.

If you decide you would like to go ahead, I will obtain a formal referral from your veterinary surgeon; this will advise me of any physical or medical conditions relating to your horse 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
Following approval from your vet, I will come to your yard to visit you and your horse; my visit will usually last around two hours.

I will:
make an assessment of the behavioural problem
explain to you why it is occurring
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
After my visit I will send you a written summary of all my advice and recommendations.

I will:
prepare your individualised step-by-step behaviour modification and retraining plan and advice sheets, which may include changes to your horse’s routine or management
set out my recommendations to you in a written report explaining your horse’s behaviour and the treatment plan I have recommended
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 my full support while you are putting these changes into place.

How to book

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

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.

A deposit of £100 is payable in advance by bank transfer and the balance is payable after the first visit.

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

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

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

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