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April 20, 2018
Sping? is finally here!


I'm sure I'm not alone in LOVING this weather. Feels like we have skipped Spring and proceeded directly to Summer- ooops!😁 Needless to say, I am doing my best to keep up with requests for lessons. I started today in Sidmouth at 8.30 and by the time I finished, I was completely wiped out. 

I started with a lady who wanted help with her young horse, teaching it some finer points on the ground that would help it become a ridden horse. It will be lovely to watch this progress. 

Next was a client who is growing with confidence every time I see her. Today we prepped her for a fun ride by doing some jumping practice - something she wouldn't have even contemplated a year ago - and then she rode her pony bareback for the first time - very cool!

Finally, I helped a lady who's horse refuses to leave the yard. When I say refuses, I mean, she threatens to rear and gradually migrates back to the stables while continuing to threaten to rear. If you've ever been on a horse like this, it's incredibly hard to do the opposite of what you think you should be doing. My client was amazing and put her trust in me enough to help her through this. After a while, the little mare had a completely different outlook on leaving the yard and suddenly marched out of the gates with no encouragement from her rider. It really was lovely to watch the changes in horse and human.

It was somewhere around this point that I realised that, aside from having about 6 hours sleep and being completely exhausted, I absolute LOVE what I do. I cannot imagine anything else I would rather be doing. 

Have a wonderful weekend xx

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April 13, 2018
Liberty duo
Absolutely love these two gorgeous boys. I think they bring out the best in each other. Looking forward to progressing this for my Open Day on 9th June. 

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April 9, 2018
Who am I?

I feel incredibly fortunate to have been associated with two major learning organisations as a teacher, one natural horsemanship, Parelli, and one traditional horsemanship, the British Horse Society. People often ask me how I have transitioned from one to the other and in all honesty, it wasn’t a problem. Good horsemanship is just good horsemanship, regardless of what equipment you use or what organisation you affiliate yourself with. Just to be clear, I am no longer associated with Parelli in any way and haven’t been for a couple of years. There is no great mystery or scandal behind this decision, it just wasn’t the right fit for me long-term. So, I am a BHS Instructor and can help you with all the regular things that people have issues with such as impulsion, contact, confidence but I bring horse behaviour and a bunch of different training techniques I have picked up from various Parelli folk as well as Joe Wolter and Buck Brannaman to name a few other natural horsemanship trainers. On the traditional side of things, I have trained with Luis Lucio (double Olympian for Spain) and more recently Spencer Wilton (silver medallist in Rio with Team GB). I also have regular lessons with Andrew Lovell who has really helped me improve the way Shaun works beyond anything I could have imagined. So, if you just want to ride, that is fine. If you just want to stay on the ground, that is fine too. The only time I might interfere with this is if I think your horse's behaviours are too extreme to be safe in the saddle. Let me say also that I will always point out behaviours that don't fit a standard pattern as, sometimes, this can be an indicator of underlying pain. Lessons can be a regular hour although if you have a problem, I like to have a little longer if possible to really drill down to the issue. Also, if you live further away, I may insist on the lesson being a certain length as I don't like to drive for longer than the session duration. I hope this helps and I will try to post more about what I do next time.

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April 8, 2018
Open Day 9th June and other dates
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