Dr Helen Spence

07773 157428


Advice on all types of equine behaviour problems

Training support

Workshops and Talks

Clicker training

Classical riding

Dr Helen Spence is a clinical animal behaviourist specialising in equines. She is an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist specialising in equines (http://www.abtcouncil.org.uk/clinical-animal-behaviourists.html) and a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (www.apbc.org.uk). She graduated with a BSc (Hons) Psychology from Queens University Belfast in 1999 and followed this with a doctorate on the ‘Influence of Owner Personality and Attitudes on the Behaviour and Temperament of the Domestic Horse’, also at Queens. While completing her doctoral studies, she launched her business ‘Helen Spence Horse Sense’ in 2003 offering advice on equine behaviour and training, and coaching classical riding. Since then, Dr Spence has taught horse behaviour at post graduate level at Southampton University, Waikato University, NMBU Oslo and Edinburgh University. She has taught undergraduate psychology with a focus on learning theory and animal behaviour at Queens, and is invited by world famous veterinary behaviourist Sarah Heath on an annual basis to speak to fourth year veterinary students at Liverpool University. Helen also has a thorough practical grounding in the horse world, having worked in a range of equine settings including stud work and riding schools. She has owned and bred a number of equines over the years and backed or supervised backing of a range of young horses. Despite lecturing commitments, her passion is for her outdoor office and she still commits three days a week to hands on work with clients and their horses.

The following terms and conditions apply to courses, workshops, lessons and clinics booked.


Your confirmation by text or phone booking of your appointment is your acceptance of these Terms & Conditions.

Please bear in mind when booking that I will teach in pretty much any weather, provided it is safe to do so. Alternatives to outdoor sessions include theory or practical sessions in the stable or tack room!


Booked appointments which are missed, changed, altered, moved or cancelled for any reason will be charged as follows:

  • Within 24 hours or less of 12.00am midnight the day before your scheduled session, a 50% cancellation fee is payable
  • Within 12 hours or less of 12.00am midnight the day before your scheduled session, the full fee is payable

If I should need to cancel your lesson, I will do so with as much warning as possible and I shall offer other available dates to re-book. If no acceptable date can be agreed a full refund will be given of any funds pre-paid.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

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