Humans for Horses
Equine Touch
© Smail & Van Rossem, 2019

About us

The people behind Humans for Horses are Andrew-Glyn Smail and Victorine van Rossem Andrew Andrew came into contact with horses as a child in the country of his birth, South Africa, and they have been a permanent part of his life since 1997. He did recreational riding with his horse, Gulliver, and practiced a bit of Parelli with our gelding, Farinelli, and is now the proud owner of Pip, a registered Dutch warmblood mare with whom he is learning body balancing (aka straightness training) and had lessons from Jason Alexander Wauters, a former student of Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, whose work Andrew finds rather inspiring. Horses have come to play a major role in Andrew's personal development and he began to search for ways to thank them. In this way he discovered Equine Touch and enthusiastically started to study to become a practitioner. He has now managed to help a large number of horses with his hands. Andrew: "What is so special about Equine Touch is that as a practitioner I do not seek to impose my will on the horse but rather search for collaboration in order to achieve the best possible balance."

Victorine

 Victorine grew up as part of a family boasting a large number of animals and came into contact with horses at an early age. Icelandic ponies were her first love, later followed by big horses. She rode at various riding schools and also rode several Arabs for her aunt, who had a stud. It was finally in Australia that the first horse that she could call her own came into her life: the beautiful thoroughbred, Farinelli, with whom she did recreational riding and low-level dressage. It was when Farinelli was diagnosed with kissing spine, that she first came into contact with people who performed equine bodywork and it was clear to her how well the horses responded to it. As such, it was almost self-evident that she ultimately decided to study Equine Touch herself, so as to help not only her own horses (the equine family had since grown to include the stunning Australian warmblood mare, Anaïs – stud name: Ribbleton Amparo) but also those of other people. According to Victorine, the power of Equine Touch lies in its "combination of physical, emotional and spiritual aspects. Naturally, the movements of this modality need to be performed skilfully but the practitioner's intention is as important. It is to be used in service of the horse, as it were.  It is only when a horse finds physical and mental peace, that it can achieve homeostasis, which involves the body finding its appropriate balance and maintaining it”.