Avis Senior – a ‘voice for horses and all other animal species’
Meet the esteemed author of Horse Riding in the 21st Century
I have been around horses most of my life; their teachings have brought me to where I am today – a teacher, advocate, a voice, and author of Horse Riding in the 21st Century, a book that speaks on their behalf.
At six years old, I was riding ponies truly free. By the age of sixteen, I had allowed my elders to force me to conform to tradition. I had allowed myself to enter a world of whips, bits, and verbal and physical abuse of horses. There appeared to be very little compassion and respect for these beautiful beings – only dominance and ridicule.
I became the person they would call upon
For a while, I lost my own voice as I witnessed the abhorrent training and riding methods used by many. However, these same people saw something in me, and the results I achieved with the very same horses they had abused. Therefore, I became the person they would call upon when they failed. There was no interest in how I achieved the results; there were often gasps when I removed the many contraptions from the horse’s head and body.
At the age of 17 and unqualified, I was teaching horse riders and building a reputable image of compassion with positive results. My experience gave far more credence than qualifications in those days.
Some years later, an offer of a teaching position with the local Pony Club Branch of the British Horse Society was then immediately withdrawn when I was unable to produce a BHS qualification! At that point, I decided to train for my qualification, my intention – to climb the ladder to the top, with the thought it would allow me to reach out to a far wider audience.
However, my goal of climbing that ladder very quickly diminished to reaching BHSAI status only; the things I had witnessed by my peers and elders through my life were taught in the schools of the very establishment I thought could enhance my ability to show horse riders, and handlers a more ethical way.
Imprinting my ethics
My BHSAI status gained in 1994 at least gave me a foot in the door. I set about trying to make a difference in the equestrian field, both in riding/training establishments, the British Pony Club and private clients. Some were willing to take on board new and better ways but most were so instilled in tradition and outdated beliefs that I was actually making very little difference. I was in an almost constant state of grief at the plight of horses who needed a stronger voice than mine would carry alone.
In 2011, a major life event made me take stock and rethink my future. I believe that things happen for good reason. I now know we all have a purpose in life. Whether or not we take notice of the hints is down to us.
My purpose is to be a voice for horses on a far larger scale than teaching a class of pupils how to be kind to their horses. My current journey has also taught me that unless we address the problems that we humans encounter, we will never succeed in helping any species of animal we care for.
A lost path. A new journey. Now the author of Horse Riding in the 21st Century – Avis Senior
In 2012, not knowing my path, I began my new journey of learning so that I could be a greater advocate. Along the way, I have authored ‘Horse Riding in the 21st Century – Discover the route to your success’.
My journey has taken many paths with many learnings since 2012. What began as a new career in Energy-Based Therapies for horses, expanded into working with various species – domesticated and occasional livestock.
However, my qualifications relating to energy-based therapies for animals started to expand into qualifications relating to the health and wellbeing of humans such as Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming, Hypnosis, Life Coaching, Law of Attraction, when I realised that I couldn’t help the animals in the care of humans unless I helped the humans themselves.
My time is now spent showing and mentoring animal carers how to be the best they can be so that they can give of their best to the animals in their care. In turn, the animals will thrive.
My life, along with my physical and emotional health is a far cry from my life prior to 2011.