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.
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.
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 childhood. At 12 she rescued her first pony, Dougal, who was ‘surplus to requirements’ and continues to rescue horses today and this is how Ulha and Rio came to Paintedhorse. Claudia completed Monty Roberts Horsemanship courses and attended a Franklin Levinson course on Equine Facilitated Learning, where she met Livvy. 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 Equine Therapy. Claudia became a director of Paintedhorse in 2018 and helps support charity Key4Life and is keen to work with social services and foster support workers in the near future.
Georgie is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and specialises in low moods, depression, anxiety and self-harm. She currently works in Primary Care in south Somerset and lives in Dorset. Georgie is responsible for the Paintedhorse website and works with Paintedhorse for large group work and supports charity Key4Life.
Georgie has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare), PGCE (Biology), Qualified Teacher Status and is an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (LEAP model). Alongside counselling Georgie is an artist and writer; she has written several features about Equine ReWilding for Horsemanship Magazine, Equine Leadership Magazine and Equine Touchin‘ and creates websites for sole or small businesses.
Nikki spent 18 years in a busy corporate environment after finishing her A levels, 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 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 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.
Jo has an Equine Therapy business in Hewish, Weston-super-mare, with three wonderful horses who help clients on a journey of self discovery and healing. Jo has backed and competed many horses in most disciplines in her early career. She qualified as a LEAP practitioner in 2015 studying with Mike Delany and Ella Bloomfield. Jo describes horses being her ‘sanity and sanctuary’ throughout her life. When Jo married she gained a ‘ready-made family’, ran a family fast-food business and went on to have children of her own. Jo and her husband then became foster carers supporting more children from challenging backgrounds, young offenders, vulnerable adolescents, learning differences and with mental health and trauma issues.
Jo says her interest in horses began whilst she ‘was in the womb’ as her mother watched the Adventures of Black Beauty whilst doing the ironing. She got her first horse at the age of 11 as a gift from her father whom she had been a child carer for for since he lost his sight because of previous abuse in his childhood. 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.
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