Stable Management, Care and Handling for Beginners:
horse brings with it a huge responsibility and you should not consider it without making sure you are fully aware of the commitment
involved in grooming, feeding, stable management and first aid and your your horse's health and welfare.
in-depth course covers the following:
- Horse Evolution: discover
how the horse has evolved and developed and understand the amazing partnership we have with them. Learn how the horses natural
instincts go against everything we expect of them!
- Feed & Nutrition: don't fall for the sales pitch! Learn what to feed
for your horse's needs, how, when and if at all depending on type of horse, age, work rate, weather etc
- Tack & Clothing for Horse and Rider: A visit to any tack shop will
confirm the bewildering array of tack and equipment - but not all of it is essential. Find out what is necessary and what
is fashion! What you need to kit your horse out, types of tack, rugs and equipment. How to measure, choose
and fit equipment correctly and the problems caused if you get it wrong. Learn about the importance of safety equipment
for the rider.
- Horse Health & Care: getting
it right to keep a happy horse both emotionally and physically whether they live in a stable or out in a field. How to pick
the right horse for you - this is never easy with so many characteristics and temperaments to choose from. Learn the
importance of horse husbandry, what your horse needs vs your needs. Where to keep your horse: at livery or in a field.
Exercise requirements to keep him fit, grooming routines etc. Learn to spot the early warning signs of some common health
issues and what to do plus the anatomy of the hooves and typical ailments which affect them - the common saying is "no
foot, no horse"!
- Horse Handling & Understanding:
setting the ground rules so that you have a happy, polite and safe horse to work with given any situation.
inspired to provide this course having met several people who had been "in horses" for many years and although in
some cases they had become good riders, they had no knowledge or understanding of how to actually look after one and the amount
of work and knowledge required once they had actually made the decision to buy or loan one! Some bought horses and it quickly
became apparent that they had not a clue what to do with them. Some just meddled along, some thought they could get help from
others at their yard, which in some cases was conflicting and in some cases downright wrong! Luckily some got help in the
nick of time, some had to work through a lot of problems and heartache but unfortunately, one lady had lost her nerve through
acting on bad advice and had been left with a dangerous, angry and misunderstood horse that she sold. God knows what happened
to the poor horse as it was now "labelled" and the lady has sadly given up something that was once a passion for
This comprehensive, informative and detailed course is designed to help you aviod the many pitfalls of horse
care and ownership. You may be thinking of buying or loaning a horse for you, your children or you may have already
taken on a horse and are suddenly finding it's not easy as you first thought!
Some people say a little knowledge is
dangerous, I say no knowledge is disastrous!!
This course is carried out over 5 consecutive
days. Should you need more help in any area, an individual tailored made training plan can be designed for you and its reassuring
to know that you have a point of contact in the future to help with any issues that may arise.
Please contact me for availability
and a booking form
This course is carried out using my horses and costs £485pp. Luxury on-site accommodation is now available
and I can provide costs for a residential course if required.
Advanced Communication, Understanding and Bond Building
This course is designed for people who already have
a horse, loan, share or work with a horse or just want a better understanding of the equine species! (scroll down
for dates and costs).
This in-depth course covers the following:
Pen Techniques: If communication between you and your horse breaks down it can lead to frustration and resentment
that can lead to bad behaviour and misunderstanding. Work with your horse in a language he understands to establish leadership
and trust without the need for ropes, lines or any gadgets
and Pole Work: an invaluable tool to overcome many behavioural problems you may experience on the ground or in the
- Long-Lining: this is a great skill
to help develop balance, rhythm, suppleness and connection with your horse
work: set the ground rules to develop a responsive, soft and willing partner
Work: a horse is a prey animal and so it will instinctively do its best not to show outward signs of pain, discomfort
or weakness to prevent it being picked out by a predator or kicked out of the herd. Suddenly we expect them to "perform"
a whole host of tasks sometimes whilst wearing tack and gadgets (which may or may not fit correctly!) and carry us wherever
we ask. A horse in pain or discomfort may manifest itself as a "problem", disobedient or difficult to handle horse.
Though a series of body work techniques, we can help our horses be comfortable and without tension to allow them to do the
best job they can.
- Ridden Work: through
simple exercises you can have an independent, secure and balanced seat making it easier for your horse to carry out his job.
This in turn will create a soft, responsive and cooperative partner in whatever field you choose.
Please contact me
for availability and a booking form.
This course can be carried out with
your horse or one of mine. Cost is from £485pp. Again a cost can be provided for luxury self-catering accommodation
on sight for you and your horse!