Yesterday I had the most amazing opportunity to photograph Victoria Smith horse whisperer working with some beautiful horses
Sunday nights for me are always a time to relax and get ready for the week ahead, and watching Countryfile has become part of the ritual. A few weeks ago they featured Victoria Smith working on breaking a beautiful Fell pony called Elijah so that he could be ridden.
I’ve always been a horse lover and growing up I was a massive fan of Monty Roberts – an American horse trainer who used natural techniques and a message of nonviolence. I still am a huge fan of his and never get tired of watching how he calmly and patiently works with the horses – many of whom have troubles caused by us humans. So when I saw Victoria advocating the same principles and kindness I was watching on the edge of my seat!
As you may know I love to document with my camera, so on the off-chance I dropped her a line to see if she would mind me tagging along. Victoria was so kind and open and invited me straight away. Well yesterday I finally managed to go and see her in action.
Despite a rocky road through life, she exudes a calm confidence, where others may have crumbled Victoria has used her experiences to shape who she is today.
If you have a horse or pony that needs help I know Victoria can help.