Mary Ann Simonds, MA

Mary Ann Simonds, MA

Mary Ann Simonds, MA

Mary Ann Simonds has worked as a researcher, educator and consultant for over 35 years in the fields of human and animal behavior, communication, consciousness and ethology. Ms. Simonds has lectured for veterinary universities and organizations in Japan, Canada, Europe, and the US. Her work blends the application of science with cultural issues finding solutions for adaptive co-habitation of people and animals.  As an “applied ethologist”, Ms. Simonds has worked with veterinarians and trainers to better understand and apply equine natural history and social behaviors to managing stress and training performance horses. Ms. Simonds’ pioneering work has focused on stress management solutions for captive animals and how to manage human influences while maintaining natural behaviors for domestic and wild animals. Her research and consulting work has been applied in both public and private sectors with such projects as:

  • assisting in the development of stress management techniques for the US federal government for gathering and capturing wild equines to reduce injury (BLM)
  • designing habitat for captured and exhibited wildlife to reduce viewing stress
  • education of visitors to enhance visitor experience while reducing stress on native populations of wildlife
  • identification of emotional stress factors leading to physical problems in captive marine mammals, horses, companion animals and wildlife
  • implementing techniques to reduce stress in breeding mares, decrease injury and increase breeding success
  • researching the application of electro-magnetic fields on animals and developing a line of magnetic therapy products for animals
  • planning developments to minimize negative impacts on wildlife and reduce domestic/wild exposure and interaction of animals
  • implementing wildlife rehabilitation techniques that increase survival rates and adaptation of animals back in to natural habitats
  • developing best management practices for sport horse welfare
  • Solving wild predator issues with domestic livestock
  • Investigating the affects of natural supplements on animals and developing a line of non-drug stress management formulas for various species (www.mystichorse.com)

Ms. Simonds enjoys speaking and has published numerous articles on horse-human relationships and well being, written three books (two published in German, Was Pferd Wirklich Brauchen, 2006, & Stress bei Pferden,,2007) and produced several DVDs and audio educational media. She has helped such riders as Heike Kemmer (Olympic German Dressage Team Gold medal winner 2004, 2008) and other professionals apply equine psychology and ecology to performance horses. For more information visit www.maryannsimonds.com.

She currently lives in Wellington, FL coaching, mentoring and speaking primarily with people who share her passion for a better understanding and treatment of horses and other animals who interact with humans.