Not even a life threatening diagnosis and a wheelchair could stop horse trainer Nelly Jaehne from doing what she was born to do.
Nelly breeds and trains horses, as well as hosting training clinics. One of her biggest passions is trick training. Her horses can bow, shake hands, lay down and sit like a dog on command, to name just a few.
Living near the rural town of Deloraine in Australia’s little island state, Tasmania, Nelly has been living with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1999. Up until that point, she was modelling, milking cows, driving heavy machinery at the tip, riding and training horses.
Nelly’s first introduction to horses came when she was just three years old.
“My passion has always been inspired by ‘The Man From Snowy River’ – that type of riding – cattle mustering and that sort of thing,” she said.
“I used to go mustering cattle in Tasmania’s high country. It’s amazing up there – the air is really crisp and cold. We would ride in snow, rain, and fog so thick, you couldn’t see the horse in front of you. For me it’s magical country. The weather can change at the drop of a hat and the areas we went are only accessible on horseback.”
But the diagnosis changed all that.