Finding Larri has been a godsend for me.
When difficulties in my personal circumstances meant I couldn't look after Arthur and Roxy properly anymore I started to look for somewhere to keep them where they would be able to live out and have as much freedom as possible to make their own choices (eg about shelter) but still be properly checked and cared for. At first I looked for somewhere local to me but then I realised that it it didn't matter how near they were if I was still going to be worrying about what might be going on when I wasn't there. So I changed tack and started looking for the right person no matter where they were. When I found Larri I knew there couldn't be anyone better to look after my two lovely friends. She is everything I could wish for for them - knowledgeable, caring, calm, and dedicated - but above all she sees them and listens to them and they know it and trust her for it. When I visit I can see straight away how relaxed and confident they are, how at ease they are with the rest of the herd and around Larri. You can't fake that. That tells me more than any amount of talking. They respect her and listen when she asks them to do something but they know they are part of the conversation too.
My mare and gelding have very different needs and characters.
Roxy is gently rehabilitating after back problems and Larri has supported her brilliantly, offering sessions with the equilibrium massage pad (which Roxy has clearly found very soothing), organising treatment sessions with a chiropractor, finding a local bowen/emmett practitioner at my request, and now beginning some gentle longlining which Roxy is clearly enjoying. It's lovely seeing Roxy recovering the softness in her eyes and beginning to express the more playful aspects of her nature again.
My gelding Arthur is a different person entirely and all I can say is thank goodness Larri has a good sense of humour with all the mischief he gets up to! She has also worked patiently with him around foothandling and balance issues and I think he loves his sessions and is making steady progress. No farrier or trimmer, seeing him now with Larri, could describe him as a difficult horse (but they did once). He can also be quite an anxious soul and Larri gets him like few others do. She picks up the tiny warning signs that tell you when he's starting to get worried about something, just a little tension around the mouth or eyes that most people miss, but because Larri spots it she never asks for to much in one go and so Arthur becomes more and more confident to go a little further each time.
I unreservedly and wholeheartedly recommend Larri and Horse-Haven and I am so thankful that she arrived in our lives just when we needed her so desperately (she's our magical horsey Nanny McPhee!) If you are lucky enough to be able to get a place at Horse Haven then grab it - I reckon your horse will thank you for it!