"This is an email to say a HUGE thank you to you. I've loved horses all my life and always dreamed of owning one of my own, so understandably when my dad announced last year we were buying a farm I was thrilled at the idea of finally having horses! But after a couple of weeks of having Poppy and Merlot I was disheartened, I was finding horse ownership difficult, confusing and unrewarding. I'd had a fall, Merlot seemed to resent me every time I brought him in from the paddock, and Poppy was a nightmare! Then you came along and reignited my love for it all! Merlot and I are well on our way to developing the kind of bond I have always dreamed of, and horse ownership is shaping up to be everything I'd imagined it would be. Poppy, Merlot and Danny and are an absolute joy now that I am learning how to properly and safely handle them. Thanks so much for everything you've taught me so far! On this note I would love to ask you to also be my riding instructor, and I'm excited to see how our groundwork will translate into our ridden work! My current riding instructor Kate is lovely but I want to continue to go in the natural horsemanship direction with Merlot. This Friday I thought we could hopefully do some ridden work with Merlot as well as our groundwork. Thanks Willem, see you Friday. Ally :)." -- Ally, VIC Australia
"A couple of months ago we bought a miniature pony as a paddock buddy for our stockhorse. Little did we know what we got ourselves in for! Although he was only 4 months old when we bought him, he worked out very quickly that he could be boss of us, our dogs, and our chickens!!! The only one he couldn't boss around was our big horse, but we were running scared of him a lot of the time! He bit, kicked, was food aggressive, and not a nice horse to have around. I was planning to sell him when I thought I would give him one last try and try a horse trainer. I got in contact with Willem (Soul Horse) who came out to do a free evaluation on him. He gave us two things to work on with him, and within a day or two we had a different horse!! Willem came back for another session about a week later, and we had our little man lunging, walking through a hoop, and bowing!! Wow! We are loving training him, and he is now lovely to have around! It's been the best time and money we could've spent! With perseverance, and Willem's help, we have changed our terror into a pleasure! He might make a trick/show pony yet!!!." -- Brisbane, Australia
I just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did on my horse Paris. Paris was injured on 6 December 2013, she had been kicked in three legs and could barely stand up. Paris was put on antibiotics and I was hoping she would get better quickly. Two weeks after this, a double puncture mark turned up on the inside of her right fetlock. It was extremely swollen and hot and she was shivering. I got the vet out , however they were not clear as to what they thought was wrong with her. Two weeks later when the vet came again, they said that she had an infected tendon and they put her on long-term antibiotics and told me to strap her leg , they didn't offer much hope, saying that she probably would only be paddock sound at the best and no good to ride.
I had sent her to my friend Heidi's place where she was able to be stabled and got more care. While she was there you recommended to her that Paris needed her feet trimmed. I got another farrier out who I knew. He trimmed her. Nothing changed. I was becoming desperate and the vets told me to put her down as there was no improvement , her fetlock was hard and the swelling was enormous ,she couldn't put her foot on the ground.
You were out at Heidi's place and you saw Paris again and and offered to trim her feet for me. You did this and two days later I turned up at the paddock to say a final goodbye to my horse and the swelling had started to reduce. You had relieved the pressure on the tendon. You did what the vets couldn't do! It had been nearly 3 months since the initial injury. I had been told by the vet just prior to this to put her down as she was not recovering and wouldn't. I was very relieved as Paris continued to improve and I cancelled her euthanasia. I am very happy to say that she now is able not only to be ridden, but also being used for lessons.
This is thanks to you and the great job you did of trimming her feet. I would highly recommend you to anybody wanting a good Trimmer.
Thank you for saving my horses life! Carolyn Nurcombe