Alyfia is back in the saddle with the help of a trainer

Alyfia Kidman on Brandi and her mum Alanis with horse trainer Miranda Wells.
Alyfia Kidman on Brandi and her mum Alanis with horse trainer Miranda Wells. Shannon Cooper

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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