Paintedhorse is a Community Interest Company that proves equine therapy for people and based near Glastonbury, Somerset. The team at Paintedhorse consists of a mixed herd eight horses and ponies who provide experiential learning with their human facilitators Livvy Adams and Georgie McBurney, both qualified LEAP practitioners. Together the team offers life changing and enriching equine encounters which can bring about profound personal transformation and healing. Horses and ponies can help people gain clarity, perspective and the confidence to live the life they truly want.
Paintedhorse works with a variety of individuals within the community, Looked After Children (and their mentors), with Help for Heroes veterans, client referrals from counsellors to enhance their clients therapy, and with charity Key4Life providing equine therapy for young men from Somerset and London deemed ‘At Risk’, and also within HMP/YOI Portland prison (Dorset) with groups of young men on Key4Life’s pre-release programme.
THE HUMAN TEAM:
Olivia ‘Livvy’ Adams spent the early part of her career as a front line police officer in the Avon & Somerset Constabulary, working on the Policewomen’s Unit which at the time helped woman & children in abusive relationships, as victims of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
After leaving the police force to bring up her two girls, Livvy subsequently retrained as an accountant, and although this paid the bills she knew it was not her souls purpose.
It was the chance reading of the ‘Tao of Equus’ by Linda Kovanov, which ignited that spark and a thirst for further understanding. Livvy attended workshops with Rosie Withey from Horses as Teachers in Somerset and Caroline Morgan, Mike Khan & Shelley Rosenberg at Telford Equestrian Centre in the Midlands – all Epona approved instructors. Livvy found her passion for this line of work was deep seated, had great longevity and was rooted in her psyche. After training with Leanna Millward of Flying with Horses Livvy established her first business ‘Horse Synergy’, which offered a combination of equine experiential learning and spiritual horsemanship. From her time spent in the police force, witnessing the worst depths of the human condition and her knowledge of the healing power of the horse, it was a natural progression to combine the two. In 2016 Livvy became certified Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) Practitioner with LEAP. At this point, with her growing herd of ponies and horses, and to reflect its evolution Livvy renamed her business ‘Paintedhorse’.
George graduated from Plymouth University in 2007 with BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare) after careers in the Army and police. During university she volunteered for the RSPCA (domestic and wildlife), Bat Conservation Society and became a Marine Mammal Medic for the BDMLR. George graduated from Exeter University with a PGCE in Secondary Biology in 2008 and taught in various secondary schools before going on to lecture at university level. George wrote a new BTEC in Equine Management for Kingston Maurward College where she was a Programme Leader. The BTEC included introducing Monty Roberts horsemanship within a traditional equine establishment.
George set up an animal behaviour business called Juniper Animals in 2010, but after studying Zoophamacognosy and Essential Oil Therapy began to focus more on the emotional well-being side to behaviour. After studying both kinesiology and Reiki, George expanded to include healing for people as their animal often reflected their ‘owners’ issues and renamed her business Juniper Natural Therapies so people without animals felt it was for them too.
George realised the healing impact of horses whilst going through the process of fostering her niece who was aged 10. She observed her nieces emotional resilience after spending time with horses at the weekends. A Welsh-Arab called Jac became their first pony and he went on to have a very significant role in supporting her through paralysis to recovery. George began training as a Therapeutic Counsellor (CPCAB) specialising in Person Centred, Transactional Analysis and Gestalt Theory and became an honorary counsellor for NHS Steps to Well-being. At a talk for counsellors she met Josephine Sellers who reflected her own time as an Equine Therapist, this inspired George further and in 2016 she went on to qualify as a LEAP practitioner in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) where she met Livvy. After her fostering role came to an unexpected end, George and Jac moved to Glastonbury in April 2017 to start over with the Paintedhorse team.
THE EQUINE TEAM:
The Paintedhorse herd is a mixed herd of all shapes and sizes, ages, breeds and requirements. Prada and Gunner are thoroughbreds, Danny a Hanoverian cross, Jac a Welsh-Arab, Ulha a cob cross and Grace and Hope Dartmoors. We have two new editions Logan a gypsy cob and Epona probably related to Hope as they are from the same area on Dartmoor. Logan and Epona will join the herd shortly after some work with their current health issues (which is going well).
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. You can also keep up to date with all the equine news on the blog posts.
OUR EXTENDED (HUMAN) TEAM:
Working with larger groups of clients Paintedhorse works with the following equine and mental health practitioners:
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 a long 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 with
Claudia Dudd – Profile coming soon
Gabi Cross – Profile coming soon