Hi Alison. I have a horse with big shoulders who has always under-performed because his saddle rams into his shoulder, displacing his scapula and forcing him to tense through his back and neck. Until recently I was unaware of the reasons for his pain response but aware that I needed to rehabilitate him without a saddle for a period, I embarked on 4- 6 months of work in hand under the supervision ... [Continue Reading]
Alison Goodwin was born and brought up in Herefordshire. Being the daughter of a local Veterinary Surgeon and growing up in the countryside meant that she has had a passion for animals, horses in particular, from a very early age.
Alison attended the local pony club, representing them on a number of teams including qualifying for the National Championships for both dressage and eventing. She spent a year or so working and riding for an international three day event rider, as well as travelling, before embarking upon her legal career.
Alison gained a first class law degree in 2003 and trained with Harrison Clark Rickerbys in Cheltenham before returning to Hereford in 2006, where she now lives on her husband’s family farm along with three children and a number of horses and dogs.
In her spare time Alison enjoys riding, walking the dogs and running.
To ask Alison a question, click here
Question: Hello, I Hope you can help. We bought a 2nd hand saddle from a registered saddle fitter for my daughters horse, it was the first horse that we have bought having had others on loan & we are quite novices in tack. The saddle fitter came & fitted the saddle & said it was a good fit for my daughter & the horse. This was in August 2015. My daughter rode the horse ... [Continue Reading]
Question: I would like some advice. I had my sand school put in about 6 years ago by a local firm after doing a large amount of research. I was advised at the time to go with a limestone binding layer instead of a second membrane as although more expensive it will last much longer. Subsequent to this I have had a problem with the stone coming up into the surface. After contacting several ... [Continue Reading]
Question: I do dressage clinics at a friend/client`s private yard in Scotland. Recently a girl, who I had not previously taught, came for a lesson. She arrived for help with her horse in a brand new saddle. I watched her warm up and gave some advice to improve her position, but after a short while realised that it was impossible to improve her position in the new saddle as it did not fit ... [Continue Reading]
Question: I purchased a horse on 04/10/14 her advert stated 8 years old however she still has not given me his passport and vet scanned his microchip he's actually 11 almost 12! I have a contract in place with the purchase and that too States he's 8. She made a lot of excuses about passport and when I came to collect she said that she had forgotten because her son had been in hospital. She agreed ... [Continue Reading]
Question: Hi I purchased a new Albion Kontact saddle on the advice from the saddler that my old saddle would not fit my new horse. Since purchasing the saddle and being told it fits me and the horse, I have had to have it re balanced 5 times since February and had the back lady out to the horse as he seems to be uncomfortable and put his back up when in the jump saddle but not the dressage ... [Continue Reading]
If a rider falls from a horse and is injured, who is liable? A recent case which left a young girl permanently disabled, in which the court decided that the horse’s owner was liable for the rider’s injuries, having failed in her duty of care towards the girl, highlights the need for owners to think carefully before allowing others to ride their horses, and to make sure that they have share or loan ... [Continue Reading]