Why choose an animal behaviourist?
‘A behaviour expert has appropriate qualifications, knowledge, skills and experience. Inappropriate or outdated advice or methods may adversely affect your pet’s welfare and even make your pet’s behaviour problem worse’ (RSPCA)
As an animal behaviourist, I can establish the cause of issues, using behaviour based science. Problems are addressed by adapting your horses’ environment, management, handling and training, as needed. Following a bespoke behavioural modification plan will improve the behaviour of your horse and help you understand the motivations that lay behind it.
How I can help You and your Horse
Behavioural consultations help to evaluate problems, gives you support and a plan to resolve any issues your horse may have, without using forceful or strongly aversive methods.
A veterinary referral is needed before a consultancy. They are straightforward and free and I will help you with this.
Before the consultation I will review any videos of your horse that you send, vet referral documents, and horse history form that you will complete.
Initial consultation sessions are 1.5-2 hours long. I use equine behavioural science to establish the underlying cause of the problem, where and when it occurs, the horses’ motivation, emotions and what they are trying to communicate.
During the consultation, I will help you understand the motivation behind your horse’s behaviour and I will agree with you the time, a plan of support and expertise needed to make improvements.
After consultation, you will be emailed a copy of the treatment plan, you also have 6 months access, to telephone based support.
Interested? Contact me for a 15 minute, no obligation chat.
Workshops and Events
Talks on a variety of topics are available and can be delivered to groups online or face to face. Workshops are lively, interactive and fun, mixing demos with behavioural science and theory.
Jo is able to offer a range of talks and workshops to meet your needs and that of your horse.
Sessions can focus on specific horse issues, such as worming, clipping, trailer loading, spookiness or be more human focussed, such as wanting to learn how to training using positive methods with your horse, nervousness, or specific topics, such as lack of confidence when riding, hacking or handling your horse.
Sessions are suitable for individuals and can be delivered on a one to one basis. You are also welcome to form a group, or join one of my workshops, to learn together and have loads of fun. If there is something you are interested in I would love to hear from you!
Coaching and Training
One to one coaching sessions with you and your horse assist you with any issues you may be having. I can also train your horse direct, saving you time and accelerating your horses’ learning and behavioural progress.
Coaching sessions take place issues are relatively straight forward, or you want to improve your horsemanship skills, your relationship and performance with a willing horse. Coaching sessions are 1-to-1 and can be booked a little or often as you would like. Veterinary referral is not required for coaching sessions.
It is not always possible to train your own horse. I can work with your horse, accelerating their progress. After every two or three sessions I will work with you and your horse, coaching you through the developments and ensuring your have the skills, knowledge and experience needed longer term.
Training is offered as part of the post consultancy package agreed with owners. Places are limited, so please contact me to discuss your needs.
Pricing and Payment
Initial consultation: £130. This price includes a 1.5-2 hour private consultation, review of video footage, supporting documents and a bespoke treatment plan. On receipt of your behaviour questionnaire and vet referral, I will contact you to book our meeting and arrange payment.
Individual follow up sessions: £55 per hour. Ongoing support packages are agreed as part of the behaviour modification plan development in the initial consultation.
Packages are based on yours and your horses needs and can include regular catch-ups, digital homework and handouts, online chats, phone calls and hands on, one to ones to help you and your horse make great progress.
Payment must be received upon confirming booking, at least a week before sessions.
1-1 Coaching sessions and training: £55 per hour. Payment must be received upon confirming booking and be paid in full at least a week before meeting.
All prices include travel of up to 10 miles of CF31 3YE. Additional travel is charged at 50p per mile.