Six years later I joined Thames valley Police, where as a nineteen year old, alone out on foot patrol I met many new challenging and sometimes intimidating situations. The lessons my horse taught me were invaluable. I knew how to be calm, be in control without being aggressive; this meant I could do my job in a peaceful, productive way. Three years later, I left the Police Force to return to education and then on to work with horses, continuing this work until my mid thirties. Whenever I need to find solution and deal with demanding situations I know, thanks to the lessons I have learned from horses, I have the personal resources to succeed.
After a career change in my late thirties I began focusing on working with people rather than horses, helping them develop communication, team building and leadership skills. I have worked for Careers Scotland and Community Learning and Development as well as private training companies and companies with charitable status. I found that no matter the sector I worked in, similar needs prevailed and traditional methods of raising self awareness, leadership skills and team building were having limited success.
One night I found an article in the Herald on Equine Assisted Guidance and Learning, the links lead me to learn more, go on courses, read all I could find on the subject and finally go to Poland for the European Conference on Horse Assisted Education, I then attended the “Train the Trainers” course with Gerhard and Karin Krebs, the German founders of the European Association Of Horse Assisted Education. Here was a system which used horses to teach business people “human skills”, communication, leadership, teambuilding, all taught through an experiential learning programme using the interaction of human and horses as a metaphor representing people and business. At last I found effective training with sustainable results which I wanted to be involved with.