After graduating from the FdSc Equine Science, Complementary Therapies & Natural Horsemanship degree at Reaseheath in September 2013, Chris ventured straight into employment in October 2013 working for Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk.
‘Initially I started out as an equine centre team member, where I was responsible for completing general duties and working alongside our in-house veterinary team to help administer medication and perform various health treatments on the horses. In August 2014 I transferred to my current post in the behaviour unit, where I am responsible for working with horses with behavioural issues; using various methods of training which I learnt in my degree at Reaseheath, including equitation science and learning theory.’
‘One of the amazing opportunities I was involved with at Reaseheath was a project for the BBC programme Countryfile, where I had the chance to train four completely unhandled feral Exmoor foals. Through application of theory covered in modules including applied behavioural theory and behaviour and welfare, my team and I successfully trained the foals to undertake daily tasks to a level where they could be handled with ease.’
‘The Exmoor project at Reaseheath was extremely valuable and relatable to my current job role as it gave me some great experience working with nervous horses, which has been essential when working with different behavioural projects at Redwings.’