GROUND WORK LESSONS , LIBERTY LESSONS . AGILITY FUN . BITLESS RIDING LESSONS
TEACHING HORSEMANSHIP IN SCOTLAND SINCE 2004
Connected horsemanship training helps to gain a good bond with each horse. Using non-dominant partnership phases and voice cues to help each person and their horse to be more balanced, confident, co-ordinated and more connected from his brain to his feet and to their human. Looking to start slowly and build to where there is such a good partnership that cues are almost invisible.
My four strategies of training are: Relaxation (confidence and rhythm), Co-operation (willingness), Impulsion (Balance and energy) and Flexibility (straightness) and use games to achieve these with each horse individually.
Horsemanship can help with safety and confidence issues, for the horse and human, and starts basic training from the ground so that a good foundation is established. This communication can then be used effectively when in the saddle. Working towards lightness, relaxation and impulsion from the ground first can make ridden work more enjoyable and understandable for you and your horse. I teach online, liberty and ridden classes and specialise in helping horses and riders to go bitless through using their weight/legs/seat/hand connection and voice cues effectively.
A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR HORSE
Each step is a step towards having a confident, happy horse and rider that work together in a willing harmonious partnership. As the horse/human relationship grows things like barging, biting, kicking and unhappy trailer loading will disappear and it will show you the techniques for riding without a bit. I work throughout Scotland on a one-to-one basis.
I hold regular HorseSavvy Agility clinics for between 4-6 students at a time. Agility is a lot of fun and helps to habituate horses to strange things that they go over, under or through. I also do obstacle training with a group or individuals.
My clinic’s involve tuition to start with, lunch break and then a competition over 10 obstacles with points being awarded for horsemanship and harmony with the horse and remainder points for trying the task. Rosettes from 1-4th place and ‘well done’ rosettes for others. Competitions are used to better ourselves and to gently progress your horsemanship.
I am a Horse Agility Accredited Trainer (HAAT) for the International Horse Agility Club which does monthly online video competitions (OLHA) www.thehorseagilityclub.com
I am also a Recognised Agility Instructor with the ‘Equine Agility UK’ group which also holds online video competitions www.equineagilityuk.com