Three years ago I met Jessica through a mutual friend. I had heard very good things about her ability to connect with horses and I wanted her to “assess” my horse, Top Brass. He is a 10 year old Hanoverian gelding and we had just finished the A Circuit show season in dressage where he had done very well. I was pleased with his progress but somehow felt he was not enjoying his job. Although he was performing, he seemed to be putting up with the task at hand rather than enjoying it. Now I realise (thanks to Jess) that the look in his eye was dull and shut down.
Using a series of gentle techniques, Jessica was able to ‘engage’ Top Brass in a DIALOGUE that I would have thought impossible had I not seen it with my own eyes. She, quite literally, understands how to speak his language. The stoic horse I had come to know became animated, excitable and playful within the first hour of Jessica working with him. He was no longer shut down. His eyes were bright and inquisitive; ready for anything it seemed.
That level of enthusiasm and attentiveness has not left him in 3 years. He thoroughly enjoys his lessons – but here is the difference – he learns because he wants to, not because he is forced to. Jessica believes that learning involves partnership, and that the horse has a voice in the partnership. She has taught me to listen to Top Brass in ways I never understood a horse needed before.
Her commitment to the mental health of the horse also extends into their physical well-being. Her methods are complementary to every horse’s “job” and lifestyle, making positive changes for these beautiful animals and their riders. Jessica’s well-rounded knowledge of horses is sought after in the equine community.
Jessica’s approach is one of intelligence, patience and kindness both with humans and horses.