Elena Bajona is an Ethologist, animal Behaviorist and Therapist, who specializes in equine welfare and cognitive ethology. She is a talented trainer with strong international experience in the horse industry who herself has also had multiple professional residences abroad.
As an educator and Applied Equine Behaviorist she has dedicated more than 17 years in teaching equine behavior through specialized courses for individuals and professionals that she still continues to carry out. At the same time, in 2007, she founded the first ethological equine facility in Tuscany (Italy) where she worked with thousands of horses conducting: training, natural foal taming and problem solving through behavioral therapies.
She has also attended the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho, USA as a free-lance professional directly supporting the professor of equine dentistry students. She organized courses specializing in equine applied behavior with a connection to horse management during dental work.
Since 2004 she has been organizing Wild Horse safaris, in natural and pristine landscapes, open to researchers/students or wild horses’ enthusiasts. In 2010, together with Jason Buckingham, she discovered some wild horses in Italy and she spent the years after within the herds teaching natural behavior to her students, underlining the importance of the observation and study of real wild horses in their natural environment as a unique way to understand and learn their behavior and emotional/social life.
Her equine specialization continued in the USA when she became an e ETMT (Equine Therapeutic Massage Therapist) and she started to do rehabilitation and physiotherapy for horses with both physical and psychological problems.
Firm believer of the preservation of all creatures in the wild since 2017, she worked with Return to Freedom, wild horse sanctuary in California, to share her knowledge and experience to improve the welfare and quality of life of all rescued Wild American mustangs saved from a sad destiny.
In 2019, she obtained a certification from the Science and Conservation Center – Montana USA for the remote administration of immunocontraception for wildlife, including wild horses.
At the same time she became Reiki Pratictioner of the Usui System of Natural healing.
In 2020 she joins Zuma’s rescue ranch with Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage to continue to spread out her knowledge and help people and horses.