Expert Panel

GettyJuliet M. Getty, Ph.D. 

Juliet M. Getty, Ph.D. former university professor and author of the comprehensive reference book, Feed Your Horse Like A Horse, has been working with horse owners for more than 25 years. A pioneer in free choice forage feeding, Dr. Getty’s philosophy is founded on feeding a horse in sync with his natural needs and instincts. She approaches equine health from a holistic perspective and considers nutrition a critical (and too often overlooked) element in the prevention and treatment of disease and disorders. Her unbiased opinions and recommendations are based on scientific research and are independent of feed, supplement, or pharmaceutical company influence. Through private consultations, she designs customized feeding plans to promote horses’ health, reverse illness, and optimize performance; she believes every horse owner should include sound nutrition practices to give every horse a lifetime of vibrant health.

Contact Juliet at Getty Equine Nutrition, LLC at www.GettyEquineNutrition.com


Shawna Karrashshawna

Shawna Karrash is author of the book You can Train Your Horse to Do Anything! On Target Training: Clicker Training and Beyond.

Prior to starting her career with horses, Shawna spent years perfecting her training skills – with the likes of Killer Whales, dolphins and other marine animals! Her infectious enthusiasm, sense of humour and rapport with an audience put her centre stage at Sea World California where she worked for 10 years.

Using her On Target ™ Training Method Shawna introduced an entirely new concept to the equine training industry- no mean feat in an industry steeped in tradition.

Shawna’s success is based on the understanding of how important it is to set horses up for success by using positive reinforcement (reward reinforcement). The basic principles of On TargetTM Training can be applied to any horse regardless of age, breed or discipline. Using her system, horses develop a desire to please their human partners while building a relationship based on trust and respect.

Shawna has taught and lectured at colleges and universities and has worked with Olympians, Medalists, World Champions and grass root horsemen and women. Her philosophy is that first class training shouldn’t just be about professionals or people with expensive horses. It’s for everyone, every horse and every situation!


nick2Jane Myers

Jane has been involved in the Horse Industry for over 35 years. She gained an MSc in Equine Studies at The University of Wales, Aberystwyth before going out to Australia, where she has acted as a Government adviser on equines, taught equine science at Melbourne University and now runs a business called Equiculture. Jane who is the author of several books in Australia – has also written numerous magazine articles and equine training courses – covering a diverse range of subjects from feeding, to welfare, to biomechanics of riding and on property and pasture management.

As a member of the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) Jane attends international conferences regularly. Jane believes that as horse lovers we have a responsibility to be as knowledgeable as we can about horse care and that we have a commitment to ongoing learning. Jane’s (brilliant!) Equiculture website is one of the best, if not the best websites for horse lovers and it’s a firm favourite with the Love Horses Editorial Team.

Jane’s view on Welfare is that it is multifaceted – ”Yes, it is about confronting and responding to instances of neglect, willful cruelty and ignorance. However horse welfare might also mean challenging and rethinking traditional practices in light of what we know about horses today. It’s a rapidly evolving subject and can be highly contentious. What was thought to be good welfare practice 10 years ago may no longer be the case. Opinions can be divided and while there will never be a consensus about what constitutes good horse welfare (or animal welfare in general for that matter) the bar is being raised and conditions continue to be improved.

It is easy to get bogged down and think that there is nothing that you can do on a personal level but instead of feeling overwhelmed and powerless take an interest, find out about issues and discuss these with friends. In doing so you are bringing difficult issues out into the open and helping to get people thinking (and hopefully taking action). Many welfare issues are caused not through malice, but through a lack of education or understanding and we as a horse community must take responsibility for spreading knowledge and questioning some accepted practices.”


Jenny Rolfeshawna

Jenny Rolfe is a Classical trainer and author of two inspirational books Breathe Life into Your Riding and Ride From the Heart

Jenny teaches people looking for a deeper empathic connection with their horse. Students travel from across the world to learn the art of communication through breath-heart-energy awareness with Jenny and her stallions. The approach leads to empowerment and harmony in body, mind and spirit- and a place where horse and rider connect – as the horse will mirror the breath-heart-energy from the rider.

Jenny’s students come from diverse backgrounds and include international trainers, BHS trainers, dressage competitors, natural horsemanship instructors, equine healers and the every day horse lover who wants to learn how to reach the magical levels of horse human communication that jenny teaches.

Jenny writes regular articles for leading equestrian magazines in the UK, Europe, Egypt, Australia and the USA. She has also produced a complimentary DVD entitled, Ride From the Heart.

Jenny may be contacted through her website: www.naturallyclassical.com.


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Nick West BVSc, MRCVS

Nick West BVSc MRCVS gained an interest in Equine Podiatry whilst dealing with lame horses and endurance riding.He studied with K.C. La Pierre and now uses applied Equine Podiatry techniques during treatment and rehabilitation of lame horses as part of a holistic approach.This usually involves working alongside a Physiotherapist/Chiropractor, as well as with the Local and Remedial Farrier.

Nick works out of Nick West Equine Vets of South-East Wales, covering the areas from West Newport, Cardiff, Bassaleg, through to Caerphilly and the A470 corridor.  Nick West Vets can be contacted on 01291 621652.