I have loved horses for as long as I can remember and after much pleading I was able to start riding lessons at the age of nine. From then on you could not drag me from the stables, every weekend and holiday was spent helping out at the riding school, and later working with horses.
Even better than that was being lucky enough to have my own pony at the age of 12, and I have pretty much had horses constantly in my life ever since.
Throughout my life I have been surrounded by people who don’t accept the norm, people who question the status quo and who are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in. My mother, my brother and sister and my partner have been my biggest influencers in thinking this way, in questioning everything and asking if it is right, for me, for others, for animals or for the environment.
How this impacted on my interactions with horses was when I was around 18, when inspired by a picture in a Lucy Rees book, I took the bit out of my pony’s mouth and rode off the noseband. To say it was a revalation is an understatement and except for one time I never rode that pony in a bit again. Also in my quest for answers and solutions I started experimenting and making my own design of Bitless Bridles to try.
Over the years this has spread to all aspects of horse care and training, from food and environment, to hoof care and equipment. I hope to share some of my thought processes and ideas, as well as the successes and failures that I have encountered over the years. With luck it will be informative and hopefully enlightening, maybe even entertaining.
Glad to have you with me