I started riding as a young child and fell in love with ponies instantly. As I got older I particularly liked riding the more challenging horses, and began to spend as much time with them as I could. I'd happily muck out ten stables if it meant I might get to groom a horse or turn them out in the field. My desire to work with the tricky ones followed me into horse ownership, my first horse 'Holly' was very challenging. I often think, if only I knew then what I know now!
When I was sixteen, my beloved 'Ginger' came along. Just when I thought I might know what I was doing, he came in and made me feel like I knew nothing. He was highly sensitive, spirited and at times, dangerous. We had many near misses and my confidence hit rock bottom. Not only was I scared to handle him (riding was a distant memory!), but I felt like I'd let him down. I wasn't good enough to help him.
I eventually pulled myself out of my own pity party and decided I had to do something about it. I couldn't sell him - partly because he wasn't safe, but also because despite all the issues, I loved him. And so commenced the never ending journey of self development. I jumped headfirst into the world of horse and human psychology, studying for hours every day, taking any opportunity I could to learn. I spent time with professionals, both as an employee and a working student. I realised that this wasn't just about learning training techniques - this went so much deeper. Throughout this journey I was transformed from the quiet, shy, unconfident girl I'd only ever known, into a creative, self-confident and ambitious woman - because that's what Ginger needed me to be. The improvements those changes made to other areas of my life are a bonus!
I then began to work with more and more horses, helping them to overcome their troubles. Soon their owners wanted to learn how to do it themselves, so I set up NL Equestrian in 2016 and began travelling around the UK helping people and their horses to find harmony together.
The journey continues for me, as it is after all 'never ending'. I am a self confessed learnaholic, and although I am experienced in my abilities when it comes to training horses, the human mindset is proving to be just as interesting and complex. I am also very interested in horse health and movement, and am currently studying to become a Masterson Method practitioner. I work closely alongside other professionals in the equestrian world to ensure we are doing the best we can for each individual horse.
I am eternally grateful for the opportunities I have been given and most of all, for my Ginger, who continues to teach and inspire me every day. I am excited to see what the future brings.