[ Viki ]

Hi, and thank you for visiting my web site.  My name is Viki Sheppard, I am an Equine Guide whose career with horses started in 1992, when I commenced studies at the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in the New Forest in Hampshire, UK. However, I suffered a serious riding accident during my time there that threatened to end my career with horses before it had begun, but following recuperation I went on to qualify as a BHSAI a year later in 1993.  Having had the opportunity to work with adults with learning difficulties and behavioural problems, through horses, as well as children with physical disabilities whilst training at the Fortune Centre, I went on to teach freelance over subsequent years with both able and disabled adults and children.




However, I never felt as though I truly understood the animal that I had developed such a passion for.  Thus, with the support of my husband, I commenced on a quest to learn more, in particular about the psychology of the horse, what makes them behave the way they do, and how they learn.  I studied various methods of horsemanship to find a more balanced approach to the support of the horse.  To date I have studied various methods (practically and literary) to include those of Pat Parelli, Bruce Logan, Ray Hunt,  Mark Rashid, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling and Richard Maxwell, spending much time away from home in places such as Texas, Florida and Europe as well as the UK, and I have discovered consistent results by providing a Foundation for the horse which offers support and promotes softness, whilst always allowing a choice and encouraging the horse to hold his own responsibilities, thus improving his mental, emotional and physical fitness.




Since then I have never looked back and continue to develop my skills on a daily basis, both with my own horses and as a freelance equine guide working with many different people, horses, ponies, and even donkeys.  I have become particularly well known for helping riders / handlers to regain their confidence, offering them various strategies to help them rebalance the relationship they have with their horses through communication rather than force and also helping them understand more about the natural horse so they are better able to spot potential problems and deal with them before it all gets out of hand.  Over the last few years I have been working closely with RDA (Riding for the Disabled) groups nationwide, giving demonstrations and clinics on improving the handling of the ponies to give the children the best experience possible.




I continue to study with various horsemen around the world at regular intervals as a ‘Student of the Horse’.  The journey is long and challenging but the rewards are rich and fulfilling.  Join me and experience the rewards for yourself.

 

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