Would you like to connect back to your authentic self and nature around you? Develop your self awareness?  Explore your emotions and energies?  Improve communication within yourself, and with others?


Welcome to Paintedhorse a Community Interest Company that offers Eco and Equine ReWilding to both adults and young people as individuals or groups. We aim to support people’s emotional and mental well-being with the help of nature and our healing herd. No knowledge of horses is required, this is not about horsemanship, it is about you, your connectivity and how you perceive the world around you. If you would like to book a private session(s) for an individual or group please contact us. Alternatively you may wish to look at our upcoming events which usually run between spring to autumn.

BBC, Gang, Knifes, Paintedhorse, Equine Therapy

We support charity Key4Life and provide Equine Therapy for their year long programme to help reduce youth offending and gang warfare. We were recently featured on their documentary on BBC Two with Victoria Derbyshire which looks at how gang members can leave that life behind. If you are a service provider and wish to discuss any aspects about Equine ReWilding and how we could best tailor our programmes to suit your client please contact us to discuss more.


If you would like to make a donation towards our work or the keeping of our herd, please click here.

If you are interested in volunteering for us please click here.


We also offer Business Support to practitioners much like ourselves who wish to create websites and those wishing to set up a Community Interest Company.


All images (unless otherwise stated): Paintedhorse ©


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Paintedhorse is a Community Interest Company based in Meare, Glastonbury that provides Equine and Eco ReWilding for adults and young people. The team at Paintedhorse consists of a mixed herd of horses and ponies who provide Equine ReWilding and experiential/facilitated learning with their human facilitators. Together with the land and nature, the herd offer enriching and often life changing 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 the way they really want – being true to their real self.

Paintedhorse offers Equine and Eco ReWilding for individuals, couples, families and groups. We have worked with self referrals, counsellor referrals, Looked After Children groups, forces veterans, counsellor groups, spiritual groups and corporate teams. We also support charity Key4Life by providing equine therapy for their year long programme designed for young men from Somerset and London deemed ‘At Risk’, and within HMP/YOI Portland prison (Dorset), HMP Guys Marsh (Dorset) and Brixton (South London) 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 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’ which became a CIC in 2017 and blended her Eco ReWilding skills with Equine Therapy to help people connect back to what is important in life. Livvy has a strong interest in holistic health and healing for animals and people, and is currently studying level 3 Counselling with the CPCAB.


Paintedhorse, equine therapy, Glastonbury, EFL, EFP, Equine ReWilding

Claudia is a Psychiatric nurse and currently works in A&E in a liaison service offering people psychosocial assessments and providing safe discharge plans for them. Claudia runs a farm near Weston with 18 horses and ponies; some of whom offer Equine Therapy on the wards.  Claudia also has an interest in holistic health and is trained in Reflexology and Reiki.

Claudia has had horses since the age of 12 when she rescued her first pony, she continues to rescue them and this is how Ulha and Rio came to be at Paintedhorse. Claudia has trained in Monty Roberts Horsemanship courses and Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) with Franklin Levinson, where she met Livvy. Claudia became a co-director of Paintedhorse in 2018 and helps support charity Key4Life. She is keen to work with social services and foster support workers in equine therapy.



Nikki is a Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist (Metanoia Institute in Ealing, London), an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (EFP) Practitioner (LEAP Model) and has a private therapy practice called Wild Spirit 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 works with Paintedhorse for large group work and supporting charity Key4Life.


Paintedhorse, Jo FitzJohn, EFL, EFP, ReWilding, Equine Therapy

Jo has an Equine Therapy business in Hewish, Weston-super-mare. Jo is an Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) Practitioner (LEAP model) and has had horses since the age of 11. Jo and her husband are foster carers supporting children from challenging backgrounds, young offenders, vulnerable adolescents, learning differences and those with mental health and trauma issues.

Jo has an interest in holistic health and is trained in Reiki, Shamanism, Alchemical Hypnotherapy (David Quigley), Theta Training (Kimberly Lovell) and Animal Healing & Communication (Elaine Tyley). Jo works with Paintedhorse for large group work and supporting charity Key4Life.


If you are interested in volunteering to help us, we would love to hear from you. Meet our current Volunteer Support Team



Our herd are a mixed group horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes, ages, breeds and requirements. There are 7 mares and 4 geldings, ranging from the smallest at approx. 10hh (or 1 meter) to 16.3hh (or 1.7 meters).

Healing Herd, Equine Therapy, Somerset, Paintedhorse

Our horses are considered therapists in their own right, they have a lot of different gifts and wisdoms to share with people. When they are working they are generally at liberty so they are free to volunteer their services or not; and there is always learning to be had from a horse that walks away from you. As a counsellor or therapist would professionally consider self care, it is no different for our horses. They have time off without people around and there are a number of complementary therapies between us such as The Equine Touch, Reiki, Zoopharmacognosy, Essential Oil Therapy, crystal healing and sound therapy. They tend to ask for these therapies to shift anything they haven’t managed to themselves by being in a herd, running around, playing and rolling on the ground (Earthing themselves). These are all helpful additions in the pursuit of caring for and keeping our horses healthy, connected and ReWilded.

How did we end up with the horses/ponies at Paintedhorse?

We won’t say too much more about this wonderful herd, as its actually all part of the learning experience to come down and meet them yourselves.  Although you can keep up to date with all the equine news on our blog posts.

Please note we are not a horse charity, sanctuary or rescue centre; we are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company designed to support people emotionally and mentally with help from our equine team.  We are at full capacity with our current herd and can not take any rescue cases. 


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Equine and Eco ReWilding

Connect with your inner wisdom with the help of an equine ally and nature around you


What is Eco ReWilding?

ReWilding generally refers to a worldwide conservation effort aimed at restoring and protecting natural processes and core wilderness areas. Eco ReWilding applies the same concept 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 nature, 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 often get louder until we are forced to listen.

What is Equine ReWilding?

Equine ReWilding taps into the wisdom of the herd and how they connect with nature to help us connect back to our own inner wisdom to do the same. 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 ‘rewilded’ – 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. Spending time in the herd and within nature reminds us about our own. The therapeutic relationship with an equine ally is similar to Gestalt Counselling Therapy in as much as 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. Equines can pick this all up and they challenge incongruence; if they detect something hidden on the inside being masked on the outside. Depending on your awareness, they can present the hidden by acting it out for you to see or feel; or they stand close to you to gently bring the hidden out to the surface which often involves tears and letting go.

Who is Equine and Eco 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 and Eco 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 and Eco ReWilding Sessions?  

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

  • Taster Sessions, 2 hours – £25 (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 in 2017 and still have some sessions available at low cost for those in need.

Mary Beat’s Grants: established to help those with physical and/or learning difficulty. Criteria: Aged 16-40, resident of Somerset or Devon, able to supply contact of referee to support application. Click here for more details and to apply.

How many sessions will I need?

How many sessions depends on what you would like to explore. Sessions can be designed as a 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 or topic in your life such as childhood scripts, relationships, ‘games we play’, suppressed emotions such as anger, sadness, fear and so on, we recommend 6-8 individual sessions. We are client centred so the length of an agreed programme can be regularly reviewed as it progresses.


For those ‘who just want to spend time with our horses’ you may be interested in our ‘Meet the herd’ events, found on the events page


Paintedhorse offers bespoke workshops designed around your needs. 


If you are in a position to help us provide our service to our community at a lower cost, or if you would like to volunteer to help us, 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

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