|FULL CASE HISTORY AND ASSESSMENT £65.
If your horse’s behaviour is concerning you, this is the most effective way of finding
the root cause of the behaviour and an appropriate solution to the problem. Some of
the benefits of taking the time initially to thoroughly assess the problem are :
The case history typically takes 1 to 1 ½ hours, taking details on the specific
problem, and relevant background information such as your horse's management,
history, exercise routine, behaviour in routine tasks and when ridden. It is often
possible to make a diagnosis purely on the basis of this history, and this is sometimes
necessary if it is difficult or dangerous to repeat the 'problem' behaviour. Where it is
safe and informative, the case history will be followed by up to 1 hour of assessment.
The assessment may cover areas such as :
Please note that during assessment, you will never be asked to do anything you do
not feel safe, happy and confident to do.
Following this visit a detailed written report will be provided, including
In cases where retraining is required, a written training programme will be provided.
The training programme will be very detailed, clearly specifying every step to be
carried out, and also giving clear advice on safety, any equipment and facilities
required and so on. If you don't want a written training programme, and would
prefer assisted training sessions (as described below), the first session will be free of
You may want to combine a written training programme with assisted training
sessions; for example having a session or two initially before working on your own.
Email and telephone support is available after your consultation, free of charge.
|BEHAVIOUR 'HEALTH CHECK' £30
Often there are ‘early warning signs’ before a horse’s behaviour reaches a
point where it seriously concerns their owner. As with medical problems,
prevention is definitely better than cure, so I also offer a behaviour ‘health
check’ which will involve :
what you feel safe, happy and confident to do with your horse during the
Following the assessment, a written report will be provided including
This service could also be of interest if you are interested in knowing more
about your relationship with your horse, what his behaviour towards you
means, and how to improve your relationship.
serious concerns about your horse’s behaviour. If you do have a particular
problem you would like resolved, a full case history and assessment will be
advised in order to treat the problem effectively.
|VIDEO ASSESSMENT/DISTANCE WORK
Although in most cases it is preferable to visit the horse and observe his
behaviour first hand, in some circumstances the only practical way to
proceed may be by email and/or phone interview, possibly combined
with video assessment. Please contact me if you are interested in this;
price will be dependent on requirements, and will be clearly stated
before any chargeable work is undertaken. Prices start from £20 per
hour for phone consultations.
|TRAINING IN HANDLING AND EQUINE BEHAVIOUR -
OWN HORSE NOT REQUIRED! £20 (for 45 minutes)
If you do not own a horse, or would like some practice and instruction
handling other horses, you can book a session at my yard. I have a good
variety of horses available to work with, from older, more experienced
and quiet horses, to a rather cheek young exmoor pony, providing
something for all levels of experience.
This would be ideal if you have had riding lessons, and are thinking of
buying a horse, but would like some help other areas of horse ownership
and handling, if your horse is currently unable to work (box rest etc), or if
you are having some problems handling and would like to improve your
technique on a less challenging horse.
|Felicity George BSc MPhil SEBC PTC
Equine Behaviour Consultant
phone : 07884 030533
email : email@example.com
|PRE-PURCHASE BEHAVIOUR ASSESSMENT £30
Buying a horse is a big decision, and it is worth taking your time and seeking professional advice to ensure that you make a good choice. It is always advisable to
have a horse vetted before buying it, to assess its physical well-being. However, assessment of a horse’s suitability in terms of temperament and behaviour is often
overlooked, and many problems arise because of this.
Even experienced riders will often have a ‘type’ of horse they are more comfortable with – some may be used to, and comfortable around, a slightly nervous and
reactive horse whilst others may be adept at managing more confident, pushy personalities but would not enjoy dealing with a horse who leaps sideways at every
leaf blowing down the road! Some buyers are looking for a ‘project’ horse and would welcome a bit of a challenge, others want a quiet, well-schooled horse to enjoy
relaxing leisure time with.
Unless you are getting a horse on loan first, the time you have to assess his temperament and behaviour will be quite limited. It takes experience and a good
knowledge of horse behaviour to make such an assessment, sometimes based on fairly subtle signs. It can also require some experience to gather relevant
information from the seller about the horse’s history and current behaviour.
A pre-purchase assessment will include evaluating:
|ASSISTED TRAINING SESSIONS £20 (for 45 minutes)
Following assessment, if retraining is required, you may feel that assisted training
sessions would be helpful. It can be very useful to get immediate feedback and
support, particularly if you are developing new skills. You can choose between
assisted training sessions or a written training programme, or a combination of the
However, you do not have to have problems with your horse's
behaviour to book a training session!
You may also like to book a session to: