Demanding respect from the ‘wheels’ that hold her, the ten horses in the field know their place and have the most beautiful bond with a lady that can only be described as, unstoppable.

Having lived with Polio since 1953 and diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2003, Carol Wells’ has not allowed her disability to slow her drive and passion.

Being in the horse industry for more than 40 years, Carol has previously been an Australian competitor for the 1993 and 1994 Para-Olympics, World Championships for Dressage and is now a successful Palomino Breeder with a passion for Crabbet Arabians and Welsh ponies.  

“I decided to start breeding to ensure I had horses with temperaments I could relate to and work happily with” Carol said

“I was fed up of putting up with others breeding and training mistakes and the attitudes of ex-race horses, so I decided to make a go of it myself and I haven’t looked back since” she said.

With so many different perspectives on training and working with horses, Carol perceives the most important training advice is to ensure that MANNERS are taught to all horses first and foremost.

“When dealing with young horses time is no object, repeat, praise them and make sure they explore their surroundings while keeping out of your space”

“Older horses generally need to be put into line very quickly as bad habits are already developed” Carol explained.

Keeping cool, calm and collected is another very important aspect of dealing with her horses, as well as breeding horses that reflect that behavior. However, every horse has different levels of tolerance and speed of learning, so training needs to adjust specifically to the individual horse.

“I usually spend a lot more time repeating work on the ground and in saddle, testing, bombproofing and calming down hot horses, in comparison to laid back horses which often don’t need as much repetition and testing”

“It is so important to learn and absorb what the horses are telling us and work with them, not against them” She said.

“I specifically choose trainers to break-in my horses according to their abilities and personalities as well as choosing when to start the horses according to their bone structure and growth pattern.”

Carol rides by guiding the horse through her seat and hands with the assistance of a dressage whip that is used to accommodate for the limited control she has of her legs.

“When riding, my theory is that moving a millimeter can influence everything through the horses mouth and body, it is so important to be aware of your movements and control them to get the best out of your horse” Carol explains

“Riding lightly is something learnt through hours of being on horseback, although to train a horse to be light, you have to be prepared to give and take”

Carol also shows her horses competitively throughout Western Australia having attended her first Royal Agricultural Show in 1969. Since then, she has never been out of a placing for champion or Reserve Champion and only twice over the years has she missed out on Supreme Champion placing.

To date, Carol has bred 46 Palamino horses that are spread from Tasmania to New South Wales and South Australia.

If there could be any more there is, Carol is also a qualified level 2 NCIS instructor and level 3 disabled riding instructor teaching 93 students over days gone by.

Thank you to Carol and your beautiful horses for allowing me into your world, such an inspiration!

For more information or to see Carol’s horses, visit her website .