As far back as I can remember I've been fascinated with animals in the wild. My work with horses stems from many years observing and understanding the ways in which they behave and survive in a constantly changing environment.

How I interact with horses now, was also initiated from experiencing very difficult challenges with my first horse Tye. After learning to ride the traditional English way, I began to question these methods and abandoned them altogether when they didn't provide any answers for the many problems I encountered with him.

Working through that challenging time, I discovered easy solutions when I began approaching the horse-human relationship in a similar way to how horses interact with one another. From this deeper understanding, I developed a simple to learn and easy to apply method of communicating with them which they comprehend effortlessly.

I work with and ride all horses without a bit, and sometimes with my own - completely bridleless. Traditional aids such as contact with the legs or hands, whips, spurs, restraints or poll flexion are never used, and there is no particular leg or body position. I rely instead on the strong foundation of mutual trust and respect which results from consistent kindness and clear communication. In all my interactions with horses - young or old, big or small, and no matter what breed, personality or problem they have, all become peaceful, obliging and safer when they are treated in a way they understand and which reflects their own way of communicating with each other.

In much the same way as my training methods were developed, my studies of the application of a physiologically correct barefoot hoof trim were initiated from experiencing frustration and negative outcomes from various incorrectly applied barefoot trimming techniques from 'professionals'. Utilising the wild hoof as a perfectly designed and perfectly functioning model, I undertook research and investigation of the anatomy and physiology of the hoof and limb, as well as bio mechanical movement, disease processes and methods of rehabilitation. My studies focussed on research, methodology and application by leading barefoot and bitless pioneers including :
  • Dr Robert Cook FRCVS, PhD Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Tufts University, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, USA. Director of The Bitless Bridle and published author

  • Dr Robert Bowker VMD, PhD, Professor of Anatomy and Director of the Equine Foot Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, USA. Director of The Corona Vista Equine Centre and published author;

  • Dr Hiltrud Strasser Med Vet, Germany. Director of Strasser Hoof Care and published author

  • Jaime Jackson, USA. Barefoot hoof professional and published author

  • Pete Ramey, USA. Barefoot hoof professional and published author
My own individual barefoot trimming techniques were first applied on my own horses over an extended period and resulted in remarkable achievements. Since then my work has expanded to successful maintenance and rehabilitation of the hooves of horses, ponies, mini horses and donkeys who have varying lifestyles and who have usually experienced previous hoof, soft tissue or skeletal problems.

The inspiration and motivation for my continued focus on promoting bitless training and barefoot trimming is simple - it works. My hope is to contribute towards a world wide change in how humans interact with horses and that by showing what can be achieved, others may also be inspired.

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