About Chris

Starting with a pony he had as a child, a growing love of all things equine has come to dominate Chris Brisbane’s life.

Brought up on a mixed livestock and arable farm in Shropshire and learning the craft of stockman from his parents and grandparents he developed an intuitive feel for the behaviour of the animals in his charge.

It was during his stay in Australia that he was given his first introduction to horse whispering by a visiting American horse whisperer. Subsequently he studied with renowned horse whisperers Pat Pirelli, John Lyons, Ray Hunt and Buck Branaman.

Before you can do anything with a horse it must respect you, this respect must be earned. One of the major problems in the UK is the military tradition of using pain to train horses.

Chris believes that if you ask a horse to do something for you and it does it, you should then reward it with comfort, not hurt it because it fails to "perform". The horse also needs constant reassurance.

You can’t earn a horse’s respect by using a device to tie it down; this will cause the horse to expect to feel pain when something "goes wrong". If the horse becomes frightened it will want to run - the more you act like a predator the more it will become afraid. Being followers by nature, horses need leadership. Being a leader in this case isn’t achieved by being a boss or master, it's done by simply treating the horse as its own mother might.

About half of Chris's time is spent working with the horse on the ground. Through repetition of exercises the horse learns to overcome the things that it is afraid of. Then the rider is taught 'natural horsemanship'.

Chris's observed that a horse will achieve the level of the person riding it – or, as Chris might say - "Put a bad rider on a good horse and the standards drop."

As well as dealing with problem horses, and cases of cruelty, he has rescued animals with severe phobia of human-contact brought on by neglect.

Chris offers services for clients throughout the U.K. and beyond.

 "A horse is like a blackboard and you can rub out all the bad bits - with an old horse it just takes longer."