Justine has spent most of her life with horses.
She started riding at 5 and by the age of 7 she was competing in her first National Final. She has since competed successfully in a number of disciplines including show jumping at grade B and dressage up to Medium level. She has many years of experience riding, competing and handling horses for owners and friends, helping with riding advice, training issues and ‘difficult’ horses.
Justine decided to study the science of equine behaviour after unknowingly buying an aggressive young horse. After asking several well-known trainers to advise her, she soon realised there was no-one who could explain what was actually going on or could help her at all. The situation worsened and her horse become more anxious and aggressive in the hands of others.
Having already studied human psychology, Justine wanted to find out why this behaviour was happening. She studied the science of equine behaviour and welfare with Heather Simpson at the NAC, gaining the Equine Behaviour Qualification. She then trained with animal behaviourist Dr. Marthe Kiley-Worthington in Southern France.
Justine is a fully certified member of the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). She is also the organisation’s UK & Ireland Outreach Chair, a member of the Application Review Committee, and a Mentor for both the IAABC's Online Mentorship programme and the ‘Animal Behaviour Consulting Principles & Practice’ course.
Justine is also an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.
Justine regularly writes for Horse magazine in the UK and has also contributed to Your Horse, Horse & Rider (US), Horses & People (Australia), Horse Deals, Bit (Netherlands) as well as commenting for The Sun newspaper and Horse & Hound. She also writes articles for nutritional supplement company VetVits.
Justine is a guest lecturer at several universities in the UK and also acts as an expert consultant in legal disputes and court cases involving equine behaviour.
Justine regularly attends CPD courses to keep up to date with new research in equine science and behaviour. She is a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES) and the Equine Behaviour Forum.
Justine has BHS Stage 3 Riding and Care qualifications, holds a current equine specific first-aid certificate (ESFAC), and is fully insured as an equine behaviour consultant.