I’m Laura, a rider trainer and coach based in Stourbridge in the West Midlands. Having first been taken for a lead rein session at three-years-old, I have been hooked on horses ever since. It’s an addiction and passion that has steadily grown stronger over the years.
When I got my first supposedly difficult pony, Phoebe, I had my first taste of what a partnership can be like. In the short time I had her on loan we amazed people. I didn’t just get her jumping, but we swam in the river and went on long hacks for picnics with friends. Having the upkeep of a pony meant my parents couldn’t afford regular lessons as well. But Phoebe taught me things no human could.
My next horse Coffee taught me even more and touched my heart. She wasn’t an easy horse but Monty Roberts training was the gateway to my ‘natural horsemanship’ journey when we found out Coffee did not like to load. This training gave me the first insight into trainers who tried to see things from the horses’ point of view. To understand their language rather than teaching the horse our language, and what we require of them.
It inspired me to look at different approaches to training horses, I started to question the ethicality and morality of certain training methods, and whether to use them or not. While I owned Coffee I spent as much time as possible at the yard, gaining extensive experience that gave me the confidence to breed my first foal, Buddy, from her.
Buddy has been another amazing horse in my life and continues to teach me as much as I teach him. Through training him I’ve been able to utilise my past experience, resulting in my first ‘complete’ horse, trained from start to ‘finish’. He is my partner and my confidante in my ongoing journey. With him I’ve thrown myself wholeheartedly in to continuing to learn and grow as a horse woman, and while I continue to deepen my understanding of horses, I aim to inspire others to do the same through my coaching and training.
You can find further information and links to people who have inspired my journey on the ‘Life Links’ page!