I have had over 43 years experience with horses, firstly competing in several different spheres, mainly at local level.
In 1988 I trained with Sue Featherstone in Hertfordshire and competed ABRS grooms certificate.
In 1989 I worked at a large livery yard, Staggs End Equestrian near St Albans in Herts.
A back problem stopped me working directly with horses, but I bought a TB gelding, Sevan, with whom I competed. Mainly doing Hunter Trials, ODE and some show jumping.
After a change in circumstances in 2002, I took my HGV test, and then began training in The Bowen Technique in 2003 with the ECBS (European College of Bowen Studies), becoming qualified to treat humans in 2004. Completing the Equine Bowen and ITEC Anatomy & Physiology plus Massage diploma 2005.
I met Adrian in 2005 after attending a Biomechanics course in California USA (airports have a lot to answer for), and in September 2006 we moved into Rose Farm.
I traveled back to the US for a 5 day equine dissection course with Dr Deb Bennett in the USA 2007, and following that a friend gave me a skeleton of my own, which I have since added to.
2008 also saw the start of the Equine Bowen courses and later that year we began a series of Equine Stretch Days and added the 3 day Laser course.
2008 was our breeding year - in May, Minnie and Milly gave birth to the foals, Chaos and Fiasco and they have been full of mischief, keeping life interesting.
TC also arrived, a Polish Warmblood coloured mare to bring on and baby sit the youngsters.
2010 the roof came off the house in Sept and was finished on the outside just before Christmas.
2011 Chaos and Fiasco are nearly 3 so off to boot camp (Burcott Riding Center) they went, and came back able to start, stop, turn and hack a short way.
Now turned away till next year.
TC has also started having more adventures including XC, SJ and some dressage - looks to have a lovely pop, and will make a great PC eventing pony.
2012 Chaos has been out to a local dressage show, just for experience and took everything in her stride, mirrors, indoors, boards all good.
Fiasco has been schooling and jumping small fences, now ready to go on and do more - now up for sale.
TC has schooled round Pontispool over the 80 and 90 course, fun little horse with lots of power, loves the water and getting very bold now.
2014 I bought a lovely 3 year old Lusitano called Gualter (aka Baby Gee). He is very special and it will be fun seeing how he grows up.
2015 TC has been doing BS all winter and now has 4 DC BN, and 2 Disco. Chaos is very well though has suffered a splint in April when I think she bashed herself.
Baby Gee has had 6 weeks at Burcott doing big school while I was in Kenya teaching Bowen, and has then had 3 months off due to growing, now on the way back to getting fit and strong. Neo is retired still and is babysitting.
2016 The house was finally rendered and painted, and Chaos has begun doing BS, as has GBG.
Sadly TC had to cross Rainbow Bridge at Christmas as she had degenerative suspensories in both her hind legs.
2017 We welcomed a new Lusitano, Campino from Portugal (in Feb poor devil, it snowed the day he arrived), and after a trip to the vets (now less a large pair of plums), he is allowed out in the field to enjoy some horse time with GBG. Campino has also begun jumping and loves it!!
And little Leo, a 3 year old Lusitano rescue arrived in Nov, a scap of a thing he and his little friend (possibly sister who now belongs to Chloe EBT) have had such a big change in their short lives, but they've done amazingly well and should turn into nicely rounded young horses.
2018 Leo and Campino have settled into family life and Leo is looking much better, putting on weight and a bit of height. His education was started with the help of Nikki Stephens and he was under saddle in July and August and now turned away till next year.
Contact Lotty Merry on 07966 473238
Rose Farm, Scotts Lane, Catcott, Somerset. TA7 9HX