Training Philosophy

We take a comprehensive view of horse and rider, considering all possible factors in order to help clients achieve their goals. Successful training requires a logical programme.  It is the trainer’s job to:

  • Listen to, or help identify, the rider’s aims.
  • Identify horse and rider strengths.
  • Identify factors of horse and rider requiring development.
  • Design a plan of action to arrive at the standard required .

Top 5 Training Rules

The trainer needs to design a programme that is
for both horse and rider.

The trainer is only one part of a team.  
Horses require well balanced feet, a strong, supple physique, comfortable tack, a suitable fittening programme,
a good dentist, a suitable diet and most of all dedicated, observant, open minded owners and riders, who ensure all the other aspects are in place!  The more the horse is asked to do, the more important each link becomes. Riders also require a good team, but it is easier to discuss a person’s limitations than a horses!

There is always a reason for a horses behaviour.  
Most problem behavior and underperformance stem from correctable issues. We have to understand why a horse is displaying this behavior, and correct the cause, in order to change it. Where knowledge runs out, riders are frequently told their horse is “lazy” ” just being naughty” or ”evading”.  We address the underlying issue to implement ethical long term solutions, rather than treating symptoms for short term effects.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.
It takes time, knowledge and  attention to detail to train horse or rider.  Coaching the art of riding requires the training of two minds that speak different languages to work in harmony.

You never stop learning.
Just as true for the trainer as the pupil!

 Training the Horse
In order to develop a training programme, we assess 3 main factors:

Training the Rider
Once we have made an assessment and established the riders goals we have a successful format in place: