MY HORSEMANSHIP JOURNEY
I have been passionate about horses all my life. For many years as a young girl I would help out at my local livery and riding schools learning basic horse handling/keeping skills. As a young lady, in London, I spent most of my wages on riding lessons where I was taught dressage and jumping.
Since owning my own horses I have thought hard about how I would like to be around them and how I would like to train them. I decided that Natural Horsemanship was the positive and progressive way forward, not only for my horses and their confidence, but for me and my confidence too. I have studied Horsemanship on a full time basis since 2000 and have been instructing students and their horses since 2004.
My horsemanship journey has included instructors: Ingela Larsson Smith, Karen Rohlf, Mark Rashid, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, Perry Wood, Carolyn Resnick, the Parelli’s and many more. I have NH level 1-3 exam passes which includes work online, at liberty and riding. Also, the City & Guilds ‘Theory of Natural Horsemanship’ certificate.
Since 2004 I have progressed my personal journey through studing my own and students horses. I have found that through a good foundation of NH training I can offer students lightness and connection from the very start of their own journeys.
I now own 4 horses, with my husband here in Perthshire Scotland, and they range from a 15hh gypsy cob , two warmbloods and an 18.2hh Shire. I have brought all of these horses up to a safe, confident level of horsemanship and two of them are being brought through to a more skilled level now.
I took up Horse Agility in 2011 and was the first winner of the OLHA tests in Feb 2011. OLHA is online Horse Agility where you set the course at home, video yourself with your horse and send it in to Vanessa Bee at HA via email and get judged and scored accordingly. Solly and I (and sometimes Stormy too) have had a lot of fun doing these monthly tests. I am now a Horse Agility Accredited Trainer (HAAT) and can help train others to get good at this fast growing horsemanship sport.
My aim is to help horses and owners have a better partnership so that communication between them is easier and lighter and their relationship is more harmonious and fun.
To see what I’m doing with my horses go to my personal blog which runs from 2008-2014: www.sollysjourney.blogspot.com
Hope to see you somewhere along the trail.