My teaching is empathetic with horse and rider especially those with confidence issues. However do not be disillusioned, it is hard work to ride well and in my lessons I will push you to another level to achieve more from your body and your horse.
Dressage & Flatwork
For those of you aspiring to be great dressage riders but who are stuck at the first hurdle I will show you how to work your horse in a round outline.
During lessons I teach my riders about the biomechanics of their body and how to improve them.
How a rider sits on a horse is absolutely vital to the horse’s way of going and a few basic changes in a rider’s position can make an enormous difference to how a horse carries his/herself. It also makes the rider more secure on the horse and therefore safer.
I also educate my riders about the anatomy and biomechanics of the horse so that they understand why their horse is moving in the way it is. I explain how the horse should be moving ideally and then work with the rider to take steps towards this goal.
I will show you how to lift your horse’s back, allowing him/her to lower their head and neck and engage their hindquarters, producing a correct outline. I use empathetic but firm techniques to improve your horse’s training.
Many riders get stuck on a plateau, if you’re already out there having a go but keep getting the same comments on your dressage sheet, let me help you to progress. Some clever changes in your position can have a large impact on how your horse performs.
For riders who are more experienced, the biomechanical changes I give you will allow your horse to work with greater ease and efficiency.
I work with all levels, from horses and riders who keep getting four faults to those who get a cricket score.
I make positional/biomechanical changes to the rider, along with simple training techniques to encourage the horse to use him/herself better over a jump.
My lessons might consist of improving work over a single fence or negotiating a course of jumps. Paying attention to the basics usually resolves most issues allowing the horse and rider to progress. Then different style jumps can be introduced.
I also use gridwork to improve both horse and rider’s technique and ability to tackle different jumps. Grids can be used to teach horses to lengthen or shorten their stride, to develop a correct bascule and build confidence. For the rider it is a good opportunity to practice their jump position and gain strength in it. As well as learning when they need to help the horse and when it is best to leave them alone.
I will travel to your yard or other venue for private or shared lessons, for prices please look at the prices page
Whether you are just slightly nervous, or break out in a cold sweat at the thought of riding, I offer kind, patient tuition that will give you confidence and improve your riding so that you are safer on a horse.
I give riders positive biomechanical changes to their riding which equips them with more control of their horse. I discuss the cause of the nervousness with the rider and work with them to find a solution. I really enjoy the psychology involved with this. I work at a pace that suits each rider. My aim at the end of each lesson is for the rider to feel confident in the work we did that day and be able to reproduce that work on their own. It is no good if a rider can only achieve when I am in the arena.
I have been a nervous rider and I understand the fears so I can teach you from a place of understanding.
Some riders would love to enjoy jumping but are held back by nerves. I offer private lessons and clinic lessons geared to building confidence in horse and rider. Again using biomechanical corrections for the rider and also talking through the issues and working with the rider to find a solution. As well as using different training techniques to help the horse.
For some riders hacking out is a source of anxiety, whether it’s because something frightening has happened or there is a fear of what might go wrong. Sometimes riding a new horse can be unnerving when you don’t know what to expect. I have worked with many riders by walking out on foot or riding alongside, to help them work through their issues. In these cases I will first give the rider a lesson in an enclosed space to give them some tools in their toolkit to cope with unexpected or unwanted behaviour out and about.
Please feel free to contact me for a no obligation chat about your situation.
I really enjoy teaching horses through ground work. It gives the horse a chance to experiment without a rider on their back. It is easy to eliminate confusion and show the horse what you want.
The benefits are huge when your horse has already understood a movement from the ground before you try it ridden.
Ground work gives a rider more control of their horse and always improves the horse’s mental attitude.
It is usually a very rewarding experience for all involved and can really improve the bond between horse and rider.
Long lining is something I have done all my life with horses. In my opinion it is a very useful form of exercise as you are effectively riding the horse from the ground.
Long lining gives you the ability to improve transitions, steering, outline, rhythm and to work your horse through school figures with changes of bend. It is a great opportunity for a horse to use its body without the weight of a rider on top and in most cases it dramatically improves a horse’s way of going.
From the rider’s point of view it can be very eye opening to watch how your horse is moving and to see what he/she is capable of.
Long lining is also a great form of exercise if your horse cannot be ridden e.g. if you have saddle issues or if you are exercising a horse that the usual jockey is unable to ride.
Also if your horse is a nightmare to lunge then long lining is often the answer as it gives you so much more control, providing it is introduced to the horse in the correct way.
The Masterson Method is a unique, interactive method ofequine massageand bodywork in which you use the responses of the horse to your touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body.
It enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension and it is something you dowiththe horse, rather thantothe horse. In fact, if you do not allow the horse to participate, it does not work!
The benefits of this bodywork for your horse are:
Improved well-being and comfort
Release of tension improving his health and happiness
It works at the same level as the horse’s body language