Would you like to develop your self awareness?  Explore your emotions and energies?  Improve communication with yourself, or with others?

Welcome to Paintedhorse a Community Interest Company that offers Equine ReWilding to adults and young people, individuals and groups. Feel free to browse our website and have a look at the work we do to support people’s emotional and mental well-being with the help of our healing herd. No knowledge of horses is required, this is not about horsemanship, it is about you and how you perceive the world around you.  If you wish to discuss any aspects about Equine ReWilding and how we could best tailor our programmes to suit your needs or if you would like to book an appointment please contact us. Alternatively you may wish to to look at our upcoming events which usually run between spring to autumn each year.

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The Paintedhorse herd

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Paintedhorse is a Community Interest Company based in Meare, Glastonbury that provides Equine ReWilding for adults and young people. The team at Paintedhorse consists of a mixed herd of twelve horses and ponies who provide Equine ReWilding and experiential/facilitated learning with their human facilitators Livvy Adams and Georgie McBurney, both qualified LEAP practitioners.  Together the team offer life changing and enriching equine encounters which can bring about personal transformation, emotional resilience and well-being.  Equines can help people gain clarity, perspective and the confidence to live the life they want.

Paintedhorse offers Equine ReWilding for individuals, couples, families and groups. We have worked with Looked After Children, forces veterans, counsellor referrals, spiritual groups, corporate teams and support charity Key4Life by providing equine therapy for their programme designed for young men from Somerset and London deemed ‘At Risk’, and within HMP/YOI Portland prison (Dorset) with groups of young men on Key4Life’s pre-release programme.



Livvy Adams, Paintedhorse, EFL, EFP, ReWilding, Equine Therapy

Olivia ‘Livvy’ Adams spent the early part of her career as a front line police officer in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, working on the now defunct Police women’s Unit which helped women and children in abusive relationships, as victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.  Having left the police force to bring up her two children, Livvy subsequently retrained as an accountant, and continues to work with several clients today.

After training with horse whisperer Franklin Levinson, EPONA instructors Rosie Withey from Horses as Teachers, Caroline Morgan, Mike Khan & Shelley Rosenberg at Telford Equestrian Centre, Leanna Millward of Flying with Horses and later with Ella Jones, Mike Delany and Jo Saunders at LEAP Livvy established an equine facilitated and experiential learning business called ‘Paintedhorse’. After studying Eco ReWilding and teaming up with Georgie the business became a CIC and now offers Equine ReWilding which aims to help people connect back to what is important in life.


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Georgie gained a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare) after careers in the Army and police. Passionate about working with animals, she has volunteered for the RSPCA (both domestic and wildlife), Bat Conservation Trust and was a Marine Mammal Medic for the BDMLR.

Georgie is a Qualified Science Teacher and has taught in various secondary schools and lectured at university level. George wrote a new BTEC in Equine Management which she became Programme Leader of which introduced Monty Roberts Horsemanship within a traditional Equine Department. More recently Georgie dedicated time to foster and support her niece who at one stage was paralysed but thankfully went on to make a recovery.

Georgie is training as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor specialising in Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt. She works voluntary as a counsellor for Help! Counselling (for aged 9 – 25 year olds) in Glastonbury and for the Counsellors Collective in Primary Care in Yeovil. At a talk for counsellors Georgie met Josephine Sellers, a former equine therapist, who inspired her to qualify as a LEAP practitioner where she met business partner Livvy.  George also writes a regular feature about the herd for Horsemanship Magazine.


Paintedhorse, counselling, Somerset, Glastonbury, Nikki Millard, Paintedhorse, Equine Therapy

Nikki spent 18 years in a busy corporate environment after finishing her Alevels, she worked her way up to Store Manager and Project Manager for Tesco. Nikki knew her heart lay in therapeutic work as she retrained to become a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist at the Metanoia Institute in Ealing, London and now has a private therapy practice called Resilience Counselling based in Enfield, North London and also works via Skype. Nikki is a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) trained.

Nikki became hooked on horses from the age of 6 when she experienced her first riding lesson, and she went on to buy her first horse Dara when she was 17. They were lucky enough to have 21 years together in which they grew and learnt from each other. After attending a conference on Equine Therapy, Nikki realised that there was a way she could combine both her passions. In 2016 Nikki qualified as an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (EFP) with LEAP and incorporates EFP with into her private practice and works with Paintedhorse for large group work and supporting charity Key4Life.


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Claudia is a now a Psychiatric nurse and currently works in A&E and with a Crisis Team.  She has 21 years experience as a mental health nurse, 15 years of which was in front line services working on an acute admission ward, progressing to the role of charge nurse. Claudia went on to work in the community; working in a liaison service offering people in A&E, and on the wards, psychosocial assessments and providing safe discharge plans for them.  In addition to traditional training, Claudia has an interest in holistic health and is trained in Reflexology and Reiki.

Claudia has been besotted with horses and other animals since a little girl brought up in the Cornish countryside. Aged 12 she rescued her first pony, Dougal, who was ‘surplus to requirements’ now older and he became her best friend. She continues to rescue and is the reason Paintedhorse has the much loved Ulha and Rio. Still ‘talking to horses’ as an adult she identified her emotional resilience was stronger than colleagues in mental health because of it. Claudia completed Monty Roberts horsemanship courses and attended a Franklin Levinson course on Equine Facilitated Learning, where she met Livvy Adams. Claudia now runs a farm near Weston caring for, and learning from, her 18 horses/ponies. She takes some of those ponies onto the wards to offer service users therapeutic time and mindfulness with them. Claudia works with Paintedhorse for large group work and supporting charity Key4Life.



Paintedhorse, Stacie Cook, Equine Therapy, Support

Stacie is 17 and is currently studying a Public Service Course at Strode College with a view to joining the Army or Police in the future. Stacie is currently learning to drive.

Stacie enjoys riding of any sort, and is passionate about cross country having competed in local shows for several years. Stacie describes herself as ‘outdoorsy and loves to keep fit’, which is ideal for us as cleaning up after 12 horses is not an easy job.



charlotteCharlotte is 16 and is currently studying A level Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Psychology at Strode College. Charlotte is aiming to work in equine medicine in the future, hopefully specialising in holistic healing.

Charlotte loves to ride but is equally happy to just be with horses and her work with us gives her the opportunity to spend more time around them. Charlotte describes herself as ‘a complete animal lover and loves being outdoors’.


If you are looking for more about our horses they have their own page now:


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Equine ReWilding

Connect with your inner wisdom with the help of an equine ally

What is ReWilding?

ReWilding usually refers to a worldwide conservation effort aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas. There is a ReWilding movement applying the same ethos to humans, it aims to help people get back to basics, let go of excess and tap back into the things that are genuinely important to life – your wild self. Desmond Morris, zoologist and author of The Naked Ape (1967) made reference to humans living in cities and towns not as living in ‘concrete jungles’, but concrete zoos. As a species the majority of us have become so disconnected from our environment, we work in artificial conditions, consume artificial food and drink, and often prefer to communicate artificially too. What happens externally is often a reflection of what is present internally. Most of us spend a great deal of time in our minds and less time in our bodies. Our bodies don’t lie to us, they may be trying to tell us to slow down, change jobs, eat better, take care of ourselves, walk in nature etc. Often we ignore these messages as we feel we can’t make time or changes so often disconnect so we can continue as before. Messages from our body sometimes have to get louder until we are forced to listen.

What is Equine ReWilding?

Equine ReWilding uses equine wisdom and nature to help us connect back to our own inner wisdom. Equines as a prey species have evolved to pick up on subtle energies of members in their herd and of predators in the area. They know if a predator has the intention of hunting in that moment or not. Domesticated horses that are kept as naturally as possible, allowed to have a voice, time and space to be a horse and a member of the herd are able to tap into this wild collective wisdom. Just spending time in the herd and in nature reminds us about tapping into our own. The therapeutic relationship with an equine ally is similar to Gestalt Counselling Therapy in that horses encourage us to be in the ‘Here and Now’, and being present is both comforting and grounding. Communication and connection comes through body language, thoughts and energy, which can be particularly interesting in group work.

Who is Equine ReWilding for?

Paintedhorse work with adults and young persons on a one-to-one basis, and with groups for looking at relationships and/or team building useful for employers looking to maximise their teams potential.

What are the benefits of Equine ReWilding?  

  • Letting go of limiting beliefs/behaviours
  • Learning the art of clear and effective communication
  • Learning how to say no easily and effectively & other boundary work
  • Developing self worth and self trust or self esteem
  • Developing confidence or courage to make decisions
  • Personal development
  • Learning to love your shadow self
  • Challenge to conditions enforced by circumstances or surroundings

How much are Equine ReWilding Sessions?  

Cost depends on the individual, pair or group. The following is a rough guide to pricing:

  • Taster Sessions, 2 hours – £20 (small group)
  • Individual Sessions, 1.5 – 2 hours – £80.
  • Pair work Sessions, 1.5 – 2 hours – £45 each.
  • Small Group Work, approx. 3 hours – £40 each.
  • For larger groups costs depend upon staff required to host safely and therapeutically, and upon catering requirements.


If funding is an issue please discuss with us, we are a newly formed CIC and in the process of applying for grants and funding to help us offer our services low or no cost. We have fund-raised ourselves and have some sessions available for those in need.

How many sessions will I need?

How many sessions depends on what you would like to explore. Sessions can be designed as stand alone, to complement ongoing counselling therapy now and again or a structured and creative programme designed to meet individual needs. If you wish to explore a particular issue/topic in your life such as childhood scripts, relationship, suppressed emotions such as anger or grief and so on, we recommend 6-8 individual sessions. We are client centred so the length of an agreed programme will be regularly reviewed as it progresses.


For previous clients ‘who just want to spend time with our horses’ you may be interested in our ‘Join the Herd days‘.  £15 for up to 2 hours.


Paintedhorse offers bespoke workshops designed around your needs. 


If you are in a position help us provide our service to our community at a lower cost, please get in touch.


Other ways to Support Us. 


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Location:  Paintedhorse CIC is a non-profit business located on 16 acres on the beautiful Somerset levels; a family-owned farm and horse facility near Glastonbury.  This holistic haven offers a safe, loving and tranquil environment for healing and learning.

Prefer to talk?

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Contact: Livvy Adams (UK mobile)

07980 490948

or Georgie McBurney (UK mobile)


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