My name is Jackie Pearce-Dickens, ( pictured right with my dogs Bee and Kit), and I have two main passions in life - homeopathy and horses. I trained at the College of Practical Homeopathy in London and am based in the Cotswolds.
I set up Centaur Homeopathy to educate and support people who want to use homeopathy to help maintain their horses’ health holistically. .
I qualified as a licensed homeopath in 2006, following a career spent as a business research consultant interspersed with jobs within the equine industry. Over the years I have run a riding club in Cyprus, been a 3-day event groom, a point-to-point groom, and been head girl to an Olympic dressage rider in Switzerland.
I have over 25 years' experience of homeopathy with both humans and horses. As with so many people, my initial introduction to homeopathy was by accident rather than design. While running a riding club in Cyprus it was impossible to always access an equine vet for the 30 horses in my care. In desperation I started using homeopathy and after a rather wobbly start I found a mentor in a local vet who encouraged me, and over the following three years my inner sceptic was converted.
Some time later, back in London, I was diagnosed with lupus erythmatosis, an auto-immune disease which was pronounced incurable by my consultant. After years of unsuccessful conventional treatment, I turned to homeopathy - again in desperation - which, in my personal opinion, transformed my health.
It was a sabbatical year spent as head girl to a member of the Swiss dressage team which really cemented my fascination with homeopathy and its use for horses. My employer routinely used homeopathy and other alternative therapies for his Grand Prix horses, alongside orthodox veterinary treatment (as did many of the European riders I met). During this time I learned to look at health in the horse as being something one could actively promote – rather than it being the vet’s responsibility when things went wrong. This holistic viewpoint was a revelation to me at the time.
Back home I was inspired to leave London and I moved to the Cotswolds. It was at this point that my knowledge of homeopathy was seriously challenged; X-rays confirmed that my lame four-year old had navicular syndrome and the prognosis was not good. I knew that I did not want to go down the orthodox route which could only offer drugs for the rest of his lifetime, but neither could I afford a homeopathic equine vet – the nearest being over 100 miles away. So, supported by my regular vet, who was sceptical but supportive, I meticulously followed the protocol for navicular in a book on horse homeopathy written by a specialist vet. This incident was the final shove I needed to sign up to train as a licensed homeopath.
I spent four years at the College of Practical Homeopathy in London, and on qualifying flew to Botswana as a volunteer with the Maun Homeopathy Project. Patients were seriously ill and the clinic queues were long, and it was a baptism of fire for me straight out of college. The rewards, however, were exceptional - not only was the work fulfilling and inspirational, but before long I found myself treating the local safari horses in return for rides in the bush.
Life and work in Botswana was my idea of heaven but not sustainable longterm. On returning to the UK, my dream was to combine my two passions of horses and homeopathy into a viable business. While demand for my homeopathic knowledge of horses was high, UK Law prevents anyone, other than a vet, from treating any animal that is not their own. With this in mind, and after some thought and much research, I developed Centaur Homeopathy with the aim to inspire, educate and support people who, like myself, want to use homeopathy to help keep their horses as holistically as possible.
With regard to my human practice, I am based near Moreton-in-Marsh in Gloucestershire.
I have a special interest in the female endocrine system and hormonal disorders, in auto-immune conditions, and in helping children on the autistic spectrum.( HOMEOPATHY FOR HUMANS )
I am also involved on a voluntary basis with Homeopathy at Wellie Level, which delivers courses on the use of homeopathy to farmers and is supported by HRH Prince Charles and endorsed by several homeopathic vets.
My home is in the beautiful North Cotswolds which places me conveniently on the borders of Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. I share my life with with a large well-behaved lurcher, Bee, a small badly-behaved terrier, Kit, and a Hanoverian x TB, Mac, who I occasionally showjump (we are still at British Novice level with a combined age of 64, but we don't care).
Competing the Macaroon (right).
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