Jo has had a passion for horses since a young age, and despite coming from an unhorsey family has managed to be involved with horses for most of her life.
Jo has owned a range of horses and ponies, from 16hh "HippoHead" whom she competes, to a cheeky pair of miniature shetland ponies, and foals through to golden oldies. Horses and ponies in need of a bit of help often find their way into Jo's life where she rehabilitates them before finding them good homes. This has led to Jo developing a range of skills and, along with a lifetime of experience and a love of learning means she is in the great position of being able to share her knowledge for the benefit of the horses she is lucky enough to be involved with.
It was one horse, a french trotter called Nick, that started Jo's Equine Touch journey. Three years of study; four anatomy and physiology papers, four theory papers, an essay and over 120 case assessments later Jo qualified as an Equine Touch Practitioner in 2015.
At the same time, Jo also studied for and successfully passed British Horse Society Stage exams, as well as certificated online courses in Equine Nutrition and Animal Welfare. The Equine Advisor was being created!
Jo has utilised her BSc (Honours) Degree in Geography, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing to offer equine thermography. In 2016 Jo became a certified and registered saddle fitter for The Saddle Company, and in 2018 qualified as a Bach Flower Registered Practitioner offering Bach Flower Remedies. In 2021 Jo qualified as a RAMA SQP-E and became a saddle fitter for additional, international, brands as well as undertaking additional training with Society of Master Saddlers and becoming a Trainee Saddle fitter with the expectation of qualifying in 2023.
This journey is only just beginning and there is much, much more to be learned and many more skills and qualifications to be gained which will in time add to Jo's portfolio of services offered. Jo firmly believes that there can never be too many skills available to any horseman or woman and the old adage is true:
You never stop learning where horses are concerned!