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:
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.