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 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 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 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’. 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. Livvy has a strong interest in holistic health and healing for animals and people, and is currently studying level 3 Counselling with the CPCAB.
Georgie is a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor and specialises in low moods, depression, anxiety and self-harm. Georgie currently works as both an agency counsellor and a health coach within Primary Care, and also runs a private counselling practice.
Georgie has a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science (Behaviour & Welfare), PGCE (Secondary Biology), Qualified Teacher Status and is an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapist (LEAP model). Georgie has been in the British Army, worked for Merseyside and Thames Valley Police Forces, a Secondary Science Teacher, Programme leader and Lecturer for Kingston Maurwards Animal Care and Equine Departments and a kinship foster carer. Georgie is also an artist and writer; she currently creates and updates various websites or blogsites, has written several features about the herd for Horsemanship Magazine and Equine Leadership Magazine and paints animal portraits.
EXTENDED THERAPY TEAM:
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 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.
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 works with Paintedhorse for large group work and supporting charity Key4Life and is keen to work with social services and foster support workers.
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.
Suzzanna kindly volunteers for paintedhorse and helps with bid writing and risk assessment.
Suzzanna has been professionally working with vulnerable people since 2003 in a number of different roles, but naturally focused her energy on those that need it in most areas of her life since her school days. Suzzanna’s skills are centred around mentoring, challenging others to develop quality to better the outcomes of vulnerable people living in our communities; keeping an individual at the heart of their support service and recognising we all have aspirations buried somewhere.
Through a work colleague, Suzzanna was invited to meet a herd of ponies (one of whom was Jac, who is now with the paintedhorse herd). She saw it as an opportunity to overcome a lifelong irrational fear of what she perceived as unpredictable behaviour and discovered her natural instinct was to gravitate to the lowest in the pecking order of the herd. Suzzanna says ‘I hadn’t appreciated the deeply insightful and spiritual existence ponies have. Time spent with these beautiful creatures is not only about tranquillity, but also about learning some of your deepest, hidden thoughts and fears; confronting them with gentle companion is a must for anyone’.
FRIENDS OF PAINTEDHORSE GROUP & VOLUNTEER SUPPORT TEAM
Our lovely ‘Friends of Paintedhorse’ Group, usually meet up on Friday mornings 7-8 am and then spend an hour with the horses – if you would like to join this group please contact us. Some of this group can not make Friday mornings so now volunteer on other mornings or evenings and provide much needed support. Thanks to Alison Black, Jillie Bluck, Pip Cooper and her 6 year old daughter Tshanika, Sian Jayde and Jane Norris. Thanks also to Stephanie Jones who owns Polly and Blossom and regularly pops in to give us a hand.
Charlotte is 17 and currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Geography Alevels at school. Charlotte is hoping to go on to study veterinary medicine.
We are happy to support Charlotte who is volunteering with Paintedhorse for a year whilst she works towards gaining her Duke of Edinburgh Gold.
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.
Charlotte 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 interested in volunteering to help us, we would love to hear from you. If you are looking for more about our lovely horses they have their own page now: