I am passionate about building a trusting human-equine relationship, avoiding unnecessary stress and fear in training, and empowering animals to choose to participate in their own care. I started my Positive Reinforcement journey almost 20 years ago, training dogs, and I am currently assistant manager on a private equine rescue farm. My focus is rehabilitating abused and/or neglected rescues through LIMA (least invasive, minimally aversive) principles, utilising counter conditioning, systematic desensitisation, and of course positive reinforcement.
I was taught by SANEF instructors for 10 years in South Africa, where I had the opportunity to experience different equestrian disciplines including vaulting, gymkhana, dressage, show jumping and cross country. Upon moving to Ireland, I began to volunteer with equine rescues. I then began science-based study of equine emotions, behaviour and training, and discovered Connection Training. Connection Training has broadened my skills and I am proud to say I am one of fourteen qualified coaches worldwide.
I continue to further my understanding of equine behaviour and training, learning from internationally recognised equine/mixed species positive reinforcement trainers and equine behaviourists, most recently completing the Resolving Fear in Horses course from the IAABC.
My pony Redser is an Irish Cob who came into the rescue traumatised, reactive and dangerous. I started working with him in early 2017 and I adopted him about a year later. He has come on in leaps and bounds and is now a fun, friendly, and outgoing pony. When he is ready he will be started under saddle using positive reinforcment and Connection Training techniques, a process I am greatly looking forward to!
Reward Centered Training & Coaching Happy Horses & Happy Handlers
Studies: Courses / Seminars / Tuition
2019 Emma Lethridge: 'Grey Matters! Understanding Your Horse's Brain', Webinar. Jenni Nellist: 'The Social Horse', Webinar Horse Sport Ireland: Introduction to Coaching 2018 Connection Training: 'Connection Training Coach' Certification 2018 IAABC: 'Resolving Fear Issues in Horses' with Lauren Fraser and Dr Robin Foster. Online 2018 Dr Andrew McLean: 'Improving Performance Through Understanding'. Festina Lente 2018 Clicker Training Horses, Peggy Hogan: 'Working with Multiples, Module 1'. Online 2017-18 Coaching Case Studies In-person & Online with Online Coaching by Hannah Weston, Rachel Bedingfield & Shawna Karrasch. 2017 Connection Training: Coaching Course with Hannah Weston, Rachel Bedingfield & Shawna Karrasch. Connection Training Centre, Cortijo de Segura, Spain 2017 Ken Ramirez, Karen Prior Academy: 'A Weekend with Ken Ramirez - Core Training Principles'. Positive Dog training, Dublin 2017 Connection Training: Equine Case Studies 2016-17 Connection Training: Online Courses with Online Coaching by Hannah Weston, Rachel Bedingfield & Shawna Karrasch 2016 Horse Charming: Foundation & Targeting, Empowerment Training (Mod 1), Hoof Handling, Resource Guarding with Max Easey. Online