Carley O’Callaghan aka Considerate Horsemanship
Bridgend, South Wales
Covering South and West Wales but possibility of further by arrangement and happy to help using videos remotely.
IH Trainer Carley whos based in South Wales, is passionate about helping horses and humans problem solve, achieve goals and have improved relationships using non violent techniques. With an empathetic ear Carley is there to listen, understand and assist you with the problems, whilst focusing on remaining safe.
During Carley’s Career she has worked throughout Wales, Denmark and Spain using non-violent techniques. Carley has experienced the behavioural problems, from non-loading, mounting issues, foot handling problems, spookiness, napping, ground and ridden problems.
Carley also understands how this can affect the human emotions and enjoys working to connect humans with horses. Carley understands these behaviour issues can knock our human confidence. Confidence is something that may take years to grow, and then in a flash its gone, sound familiar? Carley will empathetically work with you and your horse, explaining how you can complete tasks in a safer manner and help bring this confidence back.
🏆 Carley participates in the ‘IH Awards’.
A Q&A with IH Trainer Carley O’Callaghan
(The Intelligent Horsemanship Magazine)
How long have you been involved with horses and how did you get involved with them?
I’ve been involved with horses for 20 years. It all began when I started riding lessons at our local riding school as a little girl. Afterward, I had the opportunity to loan an ex-showjumper for a few years before my parents purchased my first horse, an ex-racer straight off the track.
Why did you decide to qualify as an IH Trainer?
My interest in horse psychology started at a young age when I found myself watching educational videos online featuring various trainers. However, I was always drawn back to Kelly’s and Monty’s content. The more I learned, the more I realized how much I didn’t know. I have a passion for supporting people with the issues they face and love seeing humans and horses succeed. As I started taking IH courses, I realized that Intelligent Horsemanship was the right path for me.
What is a typical day for you?
I start my day early, around 6 am, to look after my own two horses. I prefer riding in the morning and aim to ride at least one of my horses during that time, ensuring they both get ridden three or four times a week. I book three to five clients per day, depending on their location and the specific work we need to do. I try to wrap up my appointments by 5-6 pm, and once I’m home, I go through my emails, messages, and calls before settling down for the evening.
What’s important to you when you see an owner and their horse for the first time?
When I meet an owner and their horse for the first time, it’s crucial to create a comfortable and open environment. I want my clients to feel safe and encouraged to share everything they feel without judgment. This helps me gain a good understanding of the situation. After listening to the owner, I explain the psychology behind the horse’s behaviors. Understanding why the horse is behaving a certain way is essential, as it can change how the human perceives and reacts to that behavior. I focus on changing mindsets and helping my clients become their own problem solvers. Ultimately, I want my clients to feel supported throughout their journey.