The Positive Herd Project CIC is unique in that we take a multi-disciplinary approach to behavioural modification.
Beth Gibbons is our equine behaviourist and will conduct your initial consultation. She is a certified horse behaviour consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and accredited animal behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). Beth also holds a first class BSc (Hons) and MSc with distinction in Animal Behaviour from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
Depending on your case you may be referred on to our riding instructor and trainer, our farrier or other external professionals to best meet the needs of you and your horse.
Do I Need a Consultation?
If your horse is showing any abnormal behaviour such as aggression, fearfulness, not loading, ridden and handling problems, stereotypies such as wind sucking, or anything else that is effecting his quality of life or your relationship with him then you should enquire about a behaviour consultation.
What to Expect
You'll initially be sent a history questionnaire to complete, so that we can begin to asses your horse's needs and individual circumstances. Once we've received your questionnaire and veterinary referral back, we can arrange the initial consultation. This takes around 2 hours, and includes history taking, observation and assessment of your horse. From here a personalised plan will be created and the first few steps will be put in place to begin resolving the problem.
Please note that we only consult on behaviour problems after gaining veterinary referral. This ensures that behavioural problems do not had a medical cause and complies with our insurance.
Referral is usually a free service offered by your vet. Please make sure your horse is registered at a vet and that you provide your current vet’s details on the new client form. If your horse has been seen by more than one veterinary practise recently then we will need the details of all practises who have seen your horse. We may need to request your horse’s medical history or discuss the nature issue with your vet at any time during the process. This allows us to rule out any pain, discomfort or medical issues which may contribute to the behaviour.
On receiving the details of your vet(s) we will contact them to obtain referral and if necessary, discuss the case.
The initial consultation, which includes full behavioural report, behaviour modification programmes, full veterinary report and email/ telephone support thereafter is £120.00 (+ fuel costs).
Follow up consultations or training sessions may be required or requested thereafter at £50.00 per hour/ session (+ fuel).
Fuel cost coming from Middlewich, Cheshire at 45p/ mile. Discounts available for longer distances.
A proportion of all consultations and training costs goes towards the aims and objectives of The Positive Herd Project CIC, supporting horses in need and the disadvantaged children and adults who benefit from them.