What I do
I focus on a mutual understanding between horse and human to achieve effective communication and a stronger partnership.
How I do it?
Flexible approach to lessons.
I begin lessons with a discussion with the rider. (What is our big picture and where are we now…?)
Working with the Horse and Human as they present themselves on the day.
Considering the emotional and physical state of horse and rider
Keeping in mind what the ‘big picture’ is for them while working in small manageable pieces.
Improvement within a session is the key.
- Calm and relaxed teaching style
- I aim to get you thinking, and feeling what is going on, so you are more likely to be able to go away and improve on your own.
- I encourage people to see things from the horses point of view.
- Light hearted and fun – I’m an animated teacher
- I relate my own learning journey where I can (eg. I understand why you are frustrated, I’ve been frustrated too)
- I won’t promise that I can wave a magic wand or give you a magic trick or piece of equipment that will solve your problems. Progress takes time and effort and a lot of patience. Horse riding is hard work to make it look easy and get lasting results.
- I try to explain why we would do an exercise, or where it will become relevant in the future, and why I do it a certain way.
I include on the spot visual feedback when needed so you can see the difference a position change makes. (hint: It may not look like it feels!)
Sessions can be arranged at your own yard/arena or at a hired arena in the area.
One to one sessions, working on ridden work or groundwork, coaching you and your horse to improve together.
I can work with your horse through ridden work or ground work, and I will explain what I feel from the horse, what I’m doing through each session, and give you things to work on in between sessions. It can be very useful to watch your horse from outside of the equation.
Have your session on video to look back on. Visual feedback is extremely valuable, even if you’re lucky enough to have mirrors in your arena, you often have to twist or turn to see yourself, and watching yourself can be tricky if you have a number of things to concentrate on already. Watching the session back later can give your brain really useful information to boost your learning even when you are not with your horse! This will work best if you have two sessions videoed a few months apart so that you can see the improvements, and which old habits are creeping back in!