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Website last updated June 2013 by Catherine Bell

Welcome to Equine Mind and Body

Catherine Bell (nee Brocksopp) is an equine behaviourist and independent barefoot trimmer based in Surrey.

Equine Behaviour - I provide help and support for anyone wanting to learn more about equine behaviour and why horses might behave as they do. By ensuring that the ethological, physical and emotional needs of the horse are being met and working to improve the relationship between horse and handler, I can help to solve any behavioural "problems". This may include the use of postive reinforcement and clicker training where appropriate.

Barefoot Hoofcare - I have been an independent barefoot trimmer for over ten years and have studied with a wide variety of eminent and international practictioners. I have particular experience with horses who need gentle and patient handling and I provide training to the owner to help the horse cope better with hoof-handling.


Image from Cowdray

Catherine and Jak at a 10 mile sponsored ride - barefoot, bitless, whipless, spurless...... Photograph reproduced with kind permission from Pleasure Prints (01932 254500).

My aim is for this website to increase your interest in behaviour, increase your awareness and understanding of behaviour and to show you that there is always a reason for any perceived "problem". Please always feel free to contact me for help, either via email/telephone or in person.

A little more about Catherine....

I have been around horses for over twenty five years, including working with horses in the UK and USA, and have owned my quarter horse, Jak, for fifteen of them. It was the many lessons he taught me - from researching why a six-year old horse should develop arthritic symptoms to discovering as much as I could about what increased his motivation - which led me down the route of equine behaviour, equine shiatsu and barefoot hoof-care. I qualified with the School of Equine Shiatsu in 2005 but, for now, have ceased practicing while I have two young children. I continue to study - and offer professionally - equine behaviour and barefoot hoof-care, learning from any practitioner and any horse.