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Kirstin Spencer

Kirstin has kept a variety of inspirational horses, including some rescues, for the last ten years.  Having lived in England, France and Switzerland, she has experienced a range of training styles and appreciates that in contemporary sports, ethical use of animals is demanded by society.  Whilst gaining her BSc in Equine Performance and Business Management at Writtle University, she undertook a project for Advancing Equine Scientific Excellence examining the challenges facing riding schools, the grass roots of the industry.  With a naturally inquisitive nature and a love of exploring evidence, her recent research  begins to evaluate how riders, specifically their in-saddle management decisions, relate to animal learning theory and influence horse performance in competition.  Kirstin’s key interests are the behaviour and welfare of both leisure and performance horses.  ISES training principles and research informs her practice as rider and coach, her ultimate goal is supporting the sustainability and growth of all horse sports across the industry. 

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