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Tess Delismurf

Tess runs Delismurf, a self funded 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, Tess learned how to fix feet with corrective trimming, so far with great success. Originally trained in theatre design and acting, she has for the last few years studied both Human and Equine Psychology and is an active campaigner for Equine Rights. Learn more here: www.delismurf.com

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Bereavement in Horses

By Tess Delismurf

Just how does death affect horses? This year, I’ve unfortunately had the opportunity to observe the herd when they lose one of their number. It’s quite strange to witness the different effect it has, depending on the horse. The first we lost was Puppet, overnight colic and found dead in the morning. Cali was affected […]

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Learning Compassionate Communication with Horses with Stormy May

By Tess Delismurf

– This is a 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 […]

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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 […]