Horses Translated

Getting to the bottom of your horse behaviour problems, and resolving them from the root cause up. Behaviour, from bucking to crib biting, happens for a reason; which our horses are trying to communicate to us. Identifying and understanding the horse’s reasons for unwanted behaviour helps find the best way forward; to better understanding, relationships and safer experiences for us to enjoy. My own degree and graduate studies into horse behaviour and professional experience within the horse world have taught me how to diagnose behavioural issues, and construct and coach individual programs for change.  My continued commitment to my own lifelong learning, as well as to education for others helps me to continue to deliver best practice.

I offer equine behaviour & welfare consultations, as well as instruction and coaching in horse training, including competition horses, across South and West Wales, and am available to travel to other areas.

About Me

Not only have I worked with horses for many years, first as groom then as a trainer and behaviour consultant, I am also their lifelong student. My formal qualifications include an Honours Degree in Equine Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from the University of Southampton. I have conducted in-depth studies in Welsh hill pony behaviour, as well as the impact of training method on horse welfare and the horse-human relationship.

These days I spend most of my week working with people seeking knowledge that will help them improve their horsemanship skills and resolve their training and horse behavioural problems. I like to provide the most accurate information I can on all aspects of horse behaviour so others can make informed decisions, actively enhancing their own horsemanship journey.

Jenni Nellist


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  1. Just read your article about mounting block behaviour and as a student of equitation science I have to applaud your approach. My 15 icelandic gelding was owned prior by a larger fellow with a western saddle and little riding experience so he’s showing some anxiety by stepping back when I go to mount. My ES instructor and I discovered that having the reins over the head was the first trigger as he parks beautifully in hand. Some days he’s prepared to trust and stand but still not when near other horses and riders (previous owner went out on lots of group trail rides). I get teased about our “progress” by some but I know if I keep breaking down the steps, finding the “knots” and loosening them we’ll eventually be in a better place. Pushing through isn’t always the answer.

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