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A Roundup of 2021

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

What a year it’s been - but under the circumstances 2021 has been a different but good year.

In this blog I’ve put together some of our standout moments of the last 12 months.

Teaching from Home

Developing the facilities, here at home and having an amazing classroom to teach from has been a dream come true. It’s been a huge thing to sort but it’s made such a big difference. Having this amazing facility and being able to run courses from home, as opposed to travelling quite so much, has been great. Even though the number of courses I’ve run this year has been lower each one has been great fun and it’s been lovely to meet all the people who have attended.

2022 is already looking busy with a full schedule of courses in the diary. You’ll find full details of all the courses on What's on page of the website – there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a therapist or horse owner take a look at what we have on offer – it will be great to see you.

Out and About

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It also looks like in 2022 – fingers crossed, I’ll be out and about doing some lecture demonstrations. Having had a year off from doing lecture demonstrations in 2020, I was pleased to be able to start getting out again at the back end of this year – it was lovely to have such a warm welcome from you all at my demos at Hartpury College, Derby Equestrian College and Your Horse Live.

If you’re interested in running a lecture demonstration – please email me - There are already a few bookings in the diary, which I'm really excited about. We’ll let you know more about them when details are finalised.

Online learning

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Adapting and changing the way I run my courses during the pandemic has been challenging but being able to run a series of online lecture demonstrations has been fun and from the feedback I've received you've enjoyed it too. Offering this digital platform makes Horses Inside Out accessible to everyone around the world.

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If you missed the autumn series of four online lecture demos - don't worry you can purchase them individually or if you buy the complete set you'll save £20. They really are worth watching and will change the way you see and train your horse.

A spring series of four webinars is planned starting on the first Wednesday in February - you can find out more about the topics we will be covering on the What's On page of our website.

The highs and lows of owning horses

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On the horse front, 2021 has been mixed. We welcomed a new horse – the handsome Toby, a 17.2hh nine-year-old Irish Sports Horse gelding. He has settled in well and has even appeared in a few of my online lecture demos this autumn. It always takes time to get to know a new horse and hopefully, we’ll be out at a few events next year.

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In July we said good-bye to the wonderful Freddie Fox. He has given so much to the world of horses and helped to educate thousands of people across the world through Horses Inside Out. Freddie has contributed to raising awareness about equine anatomy, biomechanics, movement, soundness, welfare, riding, training and management practices for the good of horses everywhere.

He was a very special horse that will never be forgotten and as he is the star in all my books his memory will live on for many years. Here's an article all about him.

A new book

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I’m really excited to tell you that my next book, Illustrated Head Anatomy – For Health, Performance, Bridle Fit and Design is going to be published early next year. This is a topic I’ve been wanting to cover for some time, and I can’t wait for you to see it. Having a clear understanding of the importance of bridle fit in relation to head anatomy is key to a happy, cooperative equine partner. The implications of poor bridle fit can seriously affect your horse’s performance.

Thank you

Finally, I’d like to thank you all for your continued support in 2021 – whether you’ve been on one of my courses, joined an online lecture demo, helped paint at an event or been a follower on social media, thank you, it means a huge amount to me.

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