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We are an organisation that offers Natural Horsemanship education with a variety of experienced professionals at our purpose-designed venue in Buckinghamshire.
Jo is an experienced Natural Horsemanship Instructor based near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire with her horses Tillie (Cleveland Bay x TB) and Jay (Czech Warmblood). Tuition includes private lessons, half and full-day workshops and clinics for all levels. These can be either at her exclusive facility in Bourne End, or throughout the UK and Europe.
Read on for Jo’s full story…
I was pony mad as a child and dreamt of having my own pony to hang out with and have fun. I grew up spending as much time as I could at the local riding school, having regular lessons and helping out every weekend and in school holidays, riding and learning as much as I could as I went.
I bought my first horse in my mid-twenties, and that’s when the learning really began! I had as many lessons as I could and I trained for British Horse Society exams in order to be the best I could for my horse. But I was still frustrated – I didn’t have that perfect partnership with my horse and I felt I’d never be any good. I felt like a failure and it simply wasn’t fun anymore.
The turning point came when a 2-year-old filly came into my life. I’d made one of those heart-based decisions and bought her thinking I could give her a good start in life. However, she wasn’t straightforward at all! Nothing I had previously been shown worked with her and the only things I was now being advised to do didn’t sit well with me at all. Something in my gut told me there had to be another way.
I attended a Parelli demonstration in October 2001 and found what I was looking for – a step-by-step programme that would help me learn how to interact with horses in a way that made sense to them. I invested in the starter kit and committed to the programme and I haven’t looked back since. Aside from learning how to read horses and communicate with them in a language they