Phillippa Christie MCMA
Equine Psychologist, Author & Bitless Specialist
My journey over the past 30 years, has taken me through some interesting processes and led me to a place I couldn’t have comprehended before.
2 years ago I quit my full time job as a digital marketer to follow my passion to work with horses in a new way. If I did but know it this destiny, if you will, where I find myself today has been knocking on my door for quite some time and now I’m walking through the door to start a new chapter.
The journey has, like the Tour de France, happened in stages.
First my childhood love of horses. From only a few months old I was sat on a horse and by the age of around 4 I was riding independently. My mother had named me Phillippa, meaning ‘lover of horses‘ – as if she knew. As I grew up there was always a horse, usually more than one and definitely more than my Dad knew about. Sometimes I swear we could have 2 or 3 the same colour and hope he didn’t notice one had a star or a white sock. Growing up with horses had a profound impact on me, they were my comfort, my joy and my soulmates. I would talk to them and tell them everything and I felt they were really listening. I believe the horse to be a great listener and healer. When we lost our mare Cassie in 2008, I closed the door on horses, it was too hard, too painful to go back after such a loss.
In 2012 through my daughter’s interest, horses came back in to my life and so did a new path. At that time I was studying non-verbal communication as my daughter was diagnosed with Autism in 2009 and I was determined to learn everything I could and help her and share this information with other families. I didn’t know it, but this would have a huge part to play in the years ahead.
A horse who you may recognise; Teddy, joined our family in 2014. It’s through Teddy that I’ve learned as much as I have. Our connection was undeniable from day one. When I went to meet him , he was brought out to the arena without any tack. I brought a couple of saddles to see which would fit, he picked out the western style which I was secretly pleased about. Then I experienced something that hadn’t happened to me for a long time, he followed me. No training, no sending out, just Teddy picking to be with me over anything else in the large arena. Nose to shoulder he stuck with me then. I would never forget it. I brought him home only a few days later…. he is still with me today and he has stuck with me through thick and thin.
Over the next few years there were ups, there were downs and then there was change. Change is a beautiful thing and I am embracing every moment of it. Teddy and I began a bitless journey, science based training, communication and of course FUN! Everything over the past 7 years and the time before that, has led me to this point in my life where the one thing that drives me to do what I do, is the horse. It is because of the horse, that I will never stop seeking to understand more about them and bring to you the teachings I learn from them, from science and from the heart.
My aim is to help people feel good about their horses, develop their partnerships and be confident about the choices they make supported by knowledge and feeling.
If your passion is horses, then we are talking the same language and I would love to be part of your journey.
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Certified & Registered Equine Professional
Here is a list of my qualifications and memberships, I also hold other qualifications, but these are the most relevant to my equine studies. Please note that memberships are not an endorsement of EP, but recognition of our dedication to practice.
- Expert Practitioner of Equine Psychology (Complementary Medical Association)
- Equine Psychology Diploma (Distinction)
- Equine Management Diploma (Distinction)
- Practitioner Member of ISES (International Society for Equitation Science)
- Twice Silver Member to IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists).
- PPGBI Registered Equine Training Professional
- Horse Sport Ireland Coaching Certificate
- Approved Non Ridden Equine UK Friendly Business
- Approved Bitless Bridle Trainer with Orbitless
- Approved Saddle Fitter & Dealer with EDIX®
- Level 1 Zoopharmacognacist
- Fully Insured with KBIS
Continued Professional Development
It has been very important to me to seek out additional knowledge and self development. The more I learn, the more I realise there is yet to learn.
I continue to learn via courses, seminars and workshops. Several of my memberships require me to obtain a minimum amount of study hours per year. In 2019/2020 I am undertaking Equine Anatomy & Physiology with TOCES and a refresher course in Psychology.
Horsemanship begins with caring for the needs of the horse and making sure that they have the 5 freedoms.
- Freedom from hunger and thirst.
- Freedom from discomfort.
- Freedom from pain, injury and disease.
- Freedom from distress and fear.
- Freedom to express natural behaviour.
If you do not feel your horse currently receives all of the above, I can work with you to improve and meet these needs.