Tess Delismurf - Author at HorseConscious - Beyond Horsemanship
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Tess Delismurf

Tess runs Delismurf, a sanctuary for abandoned, abused, and difficult horses. Jokingly referred to as the “Ponitentiary” the horses are reintroduced to kindness, and to living the most natural life possible for a horse. As some of the horses came to the centre with serious hoof issues, Tessie learned how to fix feet with corrective trimming, so far with great success. Originally trained in theatre design and acting, she taught theatre at The University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, and was a teacher of drama in secondary school, as well as a lifelong performing musician and fire eating, stilt walking circus performer. She has for the last few years studied both Human and Equine Psychology and is an active campaigner for Equine Rights. Delismurf is funded by ponysitting for people who need a holiday(!) and by work done with people and their horses to explore their relationships and improve the confidence of owners. Barriers of fear are broken down and a partnership that is based on honesty and trust can be formed. No one understands subtext like an actor or a horse. www.delismurfponysitters.com

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Learning Compassionate Communication

By Tess Delismurf

Testimonial from a participant of Stormy May’s Compassionate Communication with Horses online course. We all know that communication is important. Of course it is. Where would we be if we couldn’t communicate at all? But are we always communicating well? To the best of our ability? Clearly? And most importantly, with kindness? It’s something that […]

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When Is A Horse Not A Horse?

By Tess Delismurf

I recently took on a boy called Tycho, a two and half year old hand reared colt, now gelded, and the reactions I got were very mixed. I say mixed, only one person, a friend who has brought up a hand reared foal before, said go for it.. everyone else thought I was insane to […]

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Be Like A Child With Your Horse

By Tess Delismurf

When I used to work with acting students I spent a lot of time reminding them of how to be a child. In one exercise, which my old students tell me they still look back on with fondness, I used to make them draw their thoughts with crayons, robbing them of any opportunities to create […]