FRASER Coast woman Alanis Kidman always loved horses, until a terrible accident seven years ago forced her to give up riding.
When her 14-year-old daughter Alyfia fell in love with the creatures too, Alanis decided to buy her a horse.
Brumby Brandi came into their lives a year and a half ago, after a local seller assured Alanis the horse would be suitable for a beginner.
But that wasn't the case … Brandi had issues.
"We ended up with pretty much a wild horse from the bush," Alanis said.
"My daughter had completely lost confidence and stopped riding."
Alanis said she then had to find a horse trainer and researched more than 15 people in her hunt for the right person.
Enter Miranda Wells, a 30-year-old mother of three and life-long lover of horses from Nambour.
According to Alanis, Miranda was a godsend.
"She's a legend … I can't speak highly enough of Miranda," she said.
After spending just a few days with the trainer, Brandi, who some experts said would take months to train, began improving.
"It was priceless, to be able to see my daughter on her horse … to see the smile and the joy on her face was unbelievable," she said.
Miranda describes herself as a horse and human trainer, she believes the relationship has to come first.
"Everything we do is a gentle method, the horse has to want to be with us," she said.
She uses positive reinforcement and a method of training known as liberty - in which all the saddlery is taken off.
Self-taught Miranda developed an interest in horses as a nine-year-old.
"I used to go into paddocks and jump onto people's horses," she said.
Miranda is somewhat of a horse hero.
"We take on unwanted animals, particularly horses on their way to slaughter or those deemed deadly."
With the help of her husband Matthew, the couple's 40-hectare menagerie has 14 horses, seven cats and three dogs.
They adopt the animals out to suitable people and welcome all visitors.
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