If there is a specific scene that I will be doing, like lying down the horse, then I will meet with the trainers and makes sure the horse if comfortable with me before we go to camera.
Over the four seasons of Heartland we have had some incredible scenes of horses rearing, and my character falling or crashing into jumps and many other dangerous situations.
I have had stunt doubles that come in to do these specific action shots.
For a week we would come to work at 5pm and work until the morning light.
From day one, Graham Wardle (Ty) and Kerry James (Caleb) and I became great friends.
During the second season we all lived very close to one another in downtown Calgary. Wed work together all day, come home only to head out for dinner or a game of football toss in the park.
I do miss those times, but now I have moved out into the country and have animals to care for, so it is not as easy to get together after a long workday.
I then head straight to the barn to feed and clean pens.
After all the animals are put to bed I head to the house to study my lines for the next day, then fall into bed.
This is repeated several times in a day depending on how many scenes are scheduled.
Once we finish, I return to my own clothes and get a lift home.
I spend lots of time catching up with friends that I dont get the chance to see during the spring, summer and fall.