Our Location and facilities:

Equine EARTH is lies east of the Toadsmoor valley in Stroud,just above an idyllic cotswold hamlet. There are 6 acres of paddocks and ancient woodland, an open barn with an outdoor arena, roundpen, yurt and eco toilets.

Our Herd:

The herd are a barefoot mixture of native breeds, mares and geldings. They live out all year round with free access to the open barn, field shelter and woodland in extreme weather (or wear a cosy rug !) They choose to work individually or as a herd and each herd member has a special therapeutic talent

The herd at rest in the arena.

Jo Saunders:

BACP Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor, Equine Facilitated Practitioner cert,B.A Hons Graphic Design.Drawing and Talking Cert. PGCE early years and SENCO.

Equine Earth, Jo Saunders, Nature, Eco, Rewilding
Jo and Zorro. Jo is the founder and director of Equine EARTH. She offers individual counselling, supervision, Equine and art counselling,Drawing and Talking and workshops.

Background: Jo started out as a graphic designer and freelance animal portrait artist. During this time she re-discovered the healing power of horses when she bought a coloured cob called Jason from Blackpool’s Golden Mile. Over time he enabled her to manage her eating disorder. Jo took him to Gyde House children’s home where she worked for a while,which made positive changes to the children’s lives.

Jo became an Early Years teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). After taking an SEN group out for a riding lesson, she noticed the remarkable difference in the children’s self esteem and the increase in their confidence, after their interaction with the horses. She was then inspired to train as a psychodynamic counsellor and to run the Drawing and Talking programme with young children.

Jo trained as a psychodynamic counsellor and after working in an Equine Therapy Centre, trained as an Equine Therapist with the LEAP model. Having big heart, Jo has built up a small herd of native ponies from various backgrounds and has founded Equine EARTH at her site to support the local community and those further afield using art and equine therapy. More recently Jo trained with Robin Shohet, as a supervisor and now incorporates her herd in her supervision sessions.

Specialisms: Long and short term counselling for people with eating disorders,depression, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem,bereavement and relationship issues through Equine Facilitated therapy and Drawing and Talking Therapy. Also Supervision, both 1:1 and group, with and without the herd.

Qualifications: BA Hons Graphics, PGCE early years Ed and SEN, Psycho-dynamic Counselling Diploma, BACP Accredited, LEAP Cert in EFP, Cert in Drawing and Talking, Cert in supervision (in training).

Featured Image: By Jo EquineEARTH