How I can help

The service I can provide is flexible and can be adapted to many different situations.  However, the following examples give an idea of how I can help.

Kari and water

The anxious horse

This was a lively cob, good-tempered and well-mannered but who found any change in his routine to be stressful; he found it difficult to be turned out first or last, and was generally unsettled. With occasional visits over the course of a year, I was able to give his owner greater understanding of her horse and suggest strategies to help him gain confidence, with the result that he became more relaxed and much easier to handle. His owner was delighted to discover that her enhanced skills enabled her to help other owners on the yard too!

The children's pony, too small for Mum

It can be difficult to exercise a small pony during term-time, and if the pony needs schooling, how do you manage? This mother learned to long-line her daughter's pony – much more versatile than lungeing, much more fun for both parties, and much better for the pony's physical wellbeing too.

The professionals open to a new slant

It is very easy to know the business so well that you forget to think outside the box. I have given lessons to riding instructors up to BHSII, professional grooms and rescue charity staff that have given them fresh insight into equine behaviour and new approaches to solving problems.

The water-phobic Thoroughbred

This mare had a gentle nature and beautiful manners but hated the feel of water on her legs. Within an hour she was standing still to be hosed down for the first time.

The yearling beginning education

Young horses should not be backed before the age of at least three, but starting a horse is made much easier for everyone if his education has already begun. I can show you how best to teach your youngster to be handled and brushed, pick up its feet and lead easily, and then to show him the world, introduce him to spooky 'toys', horse boxes and trailers.

The mature horse looking for something more

…or rather the owner looking for it! Learning to long-line your horse is fun for both of you and offers many advantages over lungeing, including being better for your horse's physical health. Long-lining relates better to ridden work, and also strengthens the bond of trust between you and your horse – and it is never too late for either of you to learn.

The dominant horse who actually isn't…

Horses often give an appearance of being dominant when in fact they lack confidence. If your horse seems to disregard you and make his own decisions it might be that he feels he has to look out for himself. After lessons from me, the owner of this lovely boy found he had stopped nipping her, no longer pulled or planted when being led, was much braver out and about, and had become a true partner.

The abused and frightened horse

The owner of this pony had taken him on knowing that he had been rescued from a very abusive past in which he had been starved, neglected and beaten. After months of being unable to come close enough to touch him she asked me to help, and two lessons later was able to put a headcollar on him and stroke him.

The spooky pony

Many parents wonder whether the pony their daughter is riding is 'bombproof'. I can show you how to train your pony or horse to remain calm in increasingly spooky situations, leading to greater safety for all.

The rider who wants to know...

...exactly what to do when riding to achieve true communication with your horse or pony and lightness in his way of going.
(Typical response from clients: "Why has nobody ever told me this before?")