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Hana's Story

Over the last year covid has put a stop to my plans to expand, I am now back on track and the future for Nannies 4 Pets has never looked so exciting! It has been a struggle to push through but I have stuck to my vision and we are well on our way.

One of the main differences to other pet sitting services is my ability to offer equine services, where I will care and potentially exercise (upon assessment) your horse for you while you are away, which is great for those who have other animals too as there are discounts for multiple animals. I studied horses for 6 years, attaining the highest possible grade in a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Horse Management from Hadlow College and graduating with a BSc (Hons) Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science degree from Nottingham Trent University. Whilst at Hadlow College I had the opportunity to take my British Horse Society exams fully funded as a result of my outstanding grades and dedication completing my BHS Stage 1, 2 & 3 and Ride and Road Safety.

 

Something very important to me is conservation of rare breeds! At Nottingham Trent University I worked closely with the Rare Breeds Survival Trust investigating solutions for maintaining a healthy Shire Horse population in the UK, which I hope to carry on as future study one day. I'm also on the committee for my local Shire Horse Charity SESHA, my work with them includes Members Secretary, Treasurer, Joint Show Secretary and Head Social Media Representative where I help to spread awareness of the Rare Breed as well as plan their large country shows.

Another field close to my heart is Equine Assisted Therapy. During my time at Nottingham Trent I was able to complete training for Horse Boy Method 1, this training is in the Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy field. It is a big passion of mine working with children who have physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities, in future years I will be pursuing further training in the Equine Assisted Therapy field with the aim to start my own therapy yard.

Owner of this wonderful business

March 2017

I founded Nannies 4 Pets officially in 2017, although I had been looking after peoples pets for many years prior. I decided it was a great job to compliment my studies and ensure I had a job to fall back on when I finished university. I mainly spend my time with dogs and horses, but sometimes I get to work with other interesting animals like alpacas, pigs, donkeys, sheep and cows! 

University

September 2015 - June 2019

At the time this was the only degree relating the equine assisted learning/therapy in the country, I spent my third year on placement where I worked abroad in Southern France for a month and the majority of the year at a working farm and national showing yard where they breed Shire Horses. l graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Equestrian Psychology and Sports Science and hope to return one day to complete a masters or PhD.

College

September 2013 - June 2015

Whilst completing my A-Levels I decided that I wanted a career in Equine, what better way to start than learning the basics. After finishing my A-Levels I started a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Equine Management. I worked with a large range of horses and with some amazing academics. I was one of two to graduate with the highest grade achievable (A*A*A*) and was subsequently awarded the Blue Cross Award for Equine Welfare and Husbandry.

Yard Hand & Show Groom

2007 - 2017 (on and off at multiple yards)

Over the years I have worked and volunteered at a wide variety of yards. Starting off at my local riding school, progressing to high level competition yards and national showing yards. Both attending shows and staying back taking sole charge on competition days.