Qualified, experienced, and insured, I offer freelance coaching and services with an empathetic and encouraging approach to both horses and their humans. My keen interest in biomechanics and psychology has a great influence on my way of working with horses, and these are at the forefront of my teaching/schooling methods to help your horse (and you!) develop correct balance and strength through sessions – without any gadgets.
In addition to this, I am also running a blog, the aim of which is to try and increase awareness of alternative training methods/ways to do things and disciplines in the equestrian industry. I’ll be bringing you an honest account of some of the perhaps less-explored areas of our industry, and maybe inspire some people to get involved and try something new!
Qualifications and Accreditations:
- HND in Equine Studies (with Distinction/Student of the Year)
- UKCC Level 2 Coaching
- First Aid
- TRSS Level 4
- BHS Stage 1
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children Certificate
- PVG Scheme Member
- Industry Champion with LANTRA (2017)
- BGA Certified Freelancer
I am a member of the British Grooms Association, Senior Volunteer Rider and Trainer at Equine Rehabilitation and Re-homing, and currently studying Equine Shiatsu with the Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses.
I’ve had experience working with children and adults in a busy equestrian center in Scotland through previous full-time employment for a year after graduating with a Diploma in Equine Studies from SRUC. This job involved all basic yard duties, coaching clients, and taking out treks. I have also undertaken work experience on a showjumping stud. Since 2014, I have been a volunteer at Equine Rehabilitation and Re-homing (now Senior Volunteer Rider and Trainer), backing, starting, schooling (on the flat and over fences), and re-training horses with behavioural issues.
I’ve competed in various unaffiliated showjumping events, hunter trials, and cross country with a variety of horses, and have plenty experience taking green horses round their first courses.
I spent two months in Australia in 2017/18, where I had the pleasure of working with a trekking centre in Byron Bay, tending to the horses and taking customers out on trail rides through the forests and along the beach. I returned to Australia in Jan 2019 for a further two months, where I spent time with some local riders near Melbourne, practising equine Shiatsu, visiting a Welsh Pony stud, and learning a bit more about driving as a discipline! Since then, I’ve also worked in the USA with Arabians and OTTBs in Arizona, and on a ranch in California.
You can catch regular updates on my Facebook page at Facebook.com/megansimpsoneq
If you have any queries or would like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!