WHEN Luisa Jones was told to beat her disobedient horse, she knew there must be a more humane way.
The IT graduate, of Parkgate, began looking at natural horsemanship methods and fell on to another career path.
Now Luisa is an established equine behaviour analyst - one of the few in the region - and uses her skills to help delegates on the In Clover programme based in Pulford.
Luisa said: 'I have ridden horses since I was three years old. About eight years ago I got the horse I have now and he was a nightmare, I had loads of problems with him.
'People kept saying I would have to beat him, but there was no way I could do that. That is a very old-fashioned way of training horses.
'But it does not work. I have learnt now problems in horses usually only arise from fear, pain or confusion.'
At that time world-renowned horse-whisperer Monty Roberts had hit the headlines with his techniques, and Luisa decided to find out more about natural horsemanship.
She attended courses and worked at a stud yard in Wiltshire, studying the science of horse psychology.
Luisa said: 'There is no qualification in equine behaviour management, you just have to attend courses.
'I don't call myself a horse-whisperer, though that's the common name for it. That term is very whimsical, when in actual fact what I do is a very practical science.'
Using techniques such as natural horsemanship, Shiatsu and reiki massaging, Luisa treats a variety of equine behavioural problems, including barging, biting, kicking and aggression.
She gives clients advice on how to develop relationships with their horses based on mutual trust and respect.
If you are having problems with your horse, call Luisa on 07932 742842 or e-mail email@example.com. Alternatively, visit her website at www.equine-behaviourmgmt.com