Holistic Equitation – A kinder and more conscious approach to horsemanship.

Transforming our hearts and minds through the wisdom of horses

Shelley and James French
~ “The Trust Technique”

Jo and Kailie are both students and advocates of  The Trust Technique. We were honoured to host James and Shelley on the 4th of February 2018 in Seville and spent 5 days with them both, learning this wonderful work one on one.   It is our belief that finding stillness with your animal or horse creates a lasting and solid relationship foundation.

Holistic Equitation run workshops for people with and without horses with the focus being on relationship with self, others, horses and nature. Our clinics are designed to build capacity, leadership, empowerment and offer healing to the sometimes wounded.

Holistic Equitation was originally founded in 2006 by Jo Sheval. Jo and Kailie then joined forces out of their desire to help people transform themselves and their relationships with people and their horses. Having never grown out of their childhood love of horses, and continually seeking better ways to share their ideas, Jo and Kailie set out to create innovative workshops.  Steering away from ‘traditional’ horse training methods the pair decided to pool their collective resources together to develop experiences for both horses and people that would deepen their relationships, increase capacity, strengthen leadership, build trust and create stronger bonds.

“The action part of being with horses is often what drives the interaction and the dissatisfaction from the horse” ~ Jo Sheval

People often come to “H.E.” after having tried many other methods and systems. Although some of these methods will improve aspects of your horsemanship and training skills, we have found there is a fundamental ingredient missing in developing a deeper relationship. The action part of being with horses is often what drives the interaction and the dissatisfaction from the horse. What horses are really seeking from us is peace. Offering peace and mindfulness with acute timing allows the animal/horse and human to heal at a very deep level.

If you would like to learn more about building a stronger relationship, clearer leadership, safer engagement, feel more peaceful and confident, and of course have way more fun with your horse, give Jo or Kailie a call to discuss lessons and/or workshops.

7 Keys to Authenticity

Building the relationship foundation through stillness

The 7 Keys to Authenticity workshops are aimed at people, primarily women who are looking to build their confidence, acquire horsemanship skills, feel safer around their horse or would like to learn more about themselves through horses.

Our workshops are for riders and non-riders. Over 2 days, we take you on a journey through the bodies 7 energy centres (Chakras) and the connection these energy centres play in our relationships with horses, animals and people.

Our activities, are fun, safe and engaging and offer a safe place for people to share their experiences no matter how mundane or bizzare. We have assisted may women to heal, break bonds of subjugation and find their personal power. Each day is filled with horsey activities, art and insightful discussions with like minded people.

You will learn the psychology around each energy centre to develop an understanding about your own strengths and weaknesses. You will gain insight into repeated relationship patterns, limiting beliefs and blocked emotions whilst building your understanding and skills around horses. (We often go through a few boxes of tissues).

About Jo and Kailie

Jo and Kailie, together and individually have run clinics since 2006 in many states and have traveled internationally to teach.

They bring a mix of talents and skills to workshops, drawing on a lifetime of experience with horses and decades of continual self-improvement and study in many differing areas.

Kailie and Jo are available to run workshops for your group or club (minimum of 8 people).

KAILIE: Teacher, artist, philosopher, animal lover

Training people to get more our of themselves and their horses, with an attitude of rapport, has been Kailie’s primary focus since the age of 19. Most of her time is spent giving private lessons and running workshops.

Kailie is an ethical-horsemanship and riding tutor, specializing in humane horse-human interaction. Kailie attracts people wanting success through improving their equine relationships and finding their mutual inner and outer balance.   She has a highly developed intuition and with over 35 years of instruction and clinic experience she is dedicated to improving the quality of life for horses whilst improving the safety and enjoyment for their owners.

Kailie’s obsession with training horses ethically and respectfully, led to her creating and patenting her own bitless bridal, “The Gydle“. The Gydle is for the rider wanting effective communication without cruelty. By eliminating fear and discomfort, and enabling clear communication, the Gydle helps you create a true partnership, enjoying your equestrian pursuits. Kailie also coined the term “Trust me Trust my Tools” which is now used by other horse trainers to help spread the understanding of how important our use of equipment is in developing trust.

The Gydle helps you build confidence, relaxation, communication and balance, kindly.

Kailie’s experience includes spending 10 years studying classical dressage with Olympic level coach, Freddy Mercay and reaching level 3 in Parelli Natural Horsemanship along with studying many other world class trainers, she was also an accomplished competitor and judge for many years. Kailie now has her own style of teaching that has been developed through the many years of dedication she has applied to her own relationship with horses along with her students. Kailie is always interested in what the best horse trainers in any discipline have in common and is always looking to improve the communication with her own horses, as well as with her students and their horses.

JO: Mystic, Storyteller, Creator and Animal Lover

Jo started breeding in 1999 and set up the Avalon Reign Equestrian Centre in Yarck in 2001 which she co-ran for 12 years along with her communications company, SheCommerce. In that time she saw the best and the worst of horse people and their relationships with horses. Jo bred and trained her own horses and also rehabilitated ‘damaged’ horses. During that time Jo also became an Equine Facilitated Learning instructor and ran leadership and empowerment clinics in Youth Justice Centres, aiding in the rehabilitation of displaced, young men. Jo is an animal lover and continues to develop her inter-species communication skills interpreting the messages many animals have for us humans.

In a need to grow and move in a different direction, Jo sold the training centre in 2013 and stopped riding for 5 years.  A wide range of cataclysmic events including coming face to face with her own mortality, took Jo on what she describes as  “The Hero’s Journey” plunging her into deep realms of healing, challenges and personal growth.  The time out of the saddle allowed Jo to experience the joy of horses in a completely different and more peaceful way.

During her days at Avalon Reign,  Jo developed the Horse and Owner Personality Decoder after years of observing relationship patterns and dynamics. The decoder has been a very popular tool used by thousands of equestrians to help them understand themselves and their horses through gaining insight into personality and behavioral traits. You can find out more about “The Horse and Owner Personality Decoder” here.

RADIO INTERVIEW BELOW WITH WA SPORTS FM – Talking horse personalities with Jo Sheval

Matilda is a very special donkey owned by Jo, who offers her heart continuously to heal others.

James French ~ I have a dream video


Please contact:
Jo Sheval for more details
0478 7111 80
45 Connors Lane, Seville VIC 3139, Australia