Batchelor's Degree in Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science
Duties of Current Occupation
Care of numerous small mammals, birds and fish. Clean-out, medicating and health care when needed, general shop-care duties. Advising customers on animal care, housing and enrichment.
Equine Work Experience
I have been working with horses since around 11 years old, starting with voluntary work at a pony trecking centre. During my years there I moved into riding young horses on their first hacking trips. I assisted ride leaders in splitting the groups for slow or fast options, helped new riders mount and sit safely and matched them up to appropriate horses. Alongside this general duties were completed (fetching in, grooming, tacking, bathing), as well as working around the yard's Shire stud and broodmare herd.
Later I moved into normal riding lessons for a few years, before choosing to persue a batchelor's degree in Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science. Shortly before beginning the course I had a riding accident, and despite missing my A-levels I was accepted onto the course. There I focused my learning towards behaviour and learning, but covered various topics from general care and welfare through to nutrition, a brief look at veterinary sciences and rider psychology.
I focused my studies at university towards learning behaviour of horses, with considerations towards feral horse behaviour and the welfare of modern housing systems. Whilst I no longer ride, I work with my current horse at various aspects of groundwork including long-reining and obstacles, and enjoy problem-solving towards behavioral issues.
Type of Ride Work
I began my early years in a trecking centre riding a wide range of horses (including new/young horses, ex-racers being re-purposed etc.,) before moving into formal schooling type lessons for a few years. I stopped riding after a jumping accident shortly before attending University, and have only ridden occasionally on a casual basis over the last 4 years.
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