Equine behaviourist, therapeutic riding instructor, equine interaction professional, author and trainer.
Lindsey Crosbie has experience in all areas of charity and social enterprise operation and governance. She ran the successful charity Welsh Institute of Therapeutic Horsemanship, in Wales for ten years before moving to Scotland in 2020 to establish With Horses. She has spent more than two decades working as a riding instructor, equine assisted practitioner and equine behaviourist in the UK and abroad.
Lindsey is a Board-Certified Equine Interaction Professional (CEIP-ED). The Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP) promotes independent certification for mental health professionals or educators who incorporate equines into their therapy or education/coaching practice. The credentials indicate verification of extensive professional experience and independent assessment of knowledge for including equine interactions within mental health (MH) or education/coaching professions (ED).
Lindsey also holds Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning certifications from Way of the Horse and EAGALA. She is a Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship certified therapeutic riding instructor who is also a certified mentor, meaning that she can support trainees through the certification process.
In 2017, she trained in Colorado with the world-renowned therapeutic riding instructor Terena Thomas, becoming the only person in the UK to hold Hooves for the Heart Instructor certification. Lindsey is also certified in the Stable Moments method of equine assisted learning. These certifications enable her to specialise in working with children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma or attachment wounds. Lindsey holds a certificates in Integrated Somatic Trauma Therapy and Person Centred Planning and Life Coaching. She is a trained Mental Health First Aider.
Lindsey is also a CEVAS certified therapeutic care farming practitioner who uses animals and the outdoors to help people learn, grow and reconnect with nature.
Equine Behaviour and Rehabilitation
Lindsey is a qualified equine behaviourist who has a wealth of experience in rescuing and rehabilitating horses, having studied in with the Natural Animal Centre to learn ethical, science-based ways of training and addressing behaviour issues. She uses a range of methods that employ positive reinforcement to make powerful changes in behaviour, eschewing aversive training in favour of a more gentle horse-centred approach. It is her ethos that many behaviour issues are actually the horses' way of expressing that fundamental needs are not being met. Many can be solved by educating horse owners about how to listen to what their horse is really telling them, thus uncovering the unmet need underlying the undesirable behaviour. Lindsey is a huge proponent of natural horse keeping and believes that wherever possible equines should be cared for in a way that is mindful of their natural needs, behaviours and instincts. Her approach is holistic and includes horse training, owner education and equine care recommendations.
Training and Consultancy
Lindsey is an experienced trainer who is passionate about making careers in the equine assisted industry accessible for all. She has been training Equine Assisted practitioners since 2013 and has developed a suite of accredited qualifications through OCNCredit4Learning. She loves to develop and pilot innovative new ways of working with people and horses and is the author of several tried, tested and peer reviewed equine assisted curricula which are available to buy through this site. She also co-authored a women's peer support toolkit for the Mental Health charity Mind. Lindsey offers consultancy to organisations and individuals in areas including peer support, lived experience of disadvantage, equine welfare and behaviour, equine assisted careers and setting up and running EAAT organisations. She has provided training and consultancy to high profile organisations including Mind, The National Lottery and TACT, the UK's largest fostering and adoption charity.