5 easy ways to become a better horseman

Did you know we can teach you everything with 5 basic movements?

Lower the head, disengage the hind end, shoulder over, shoulder in and reverse arc.

Would you believe me if I told you it could be simple, fun and that learning the basics can take no time at all?

Are you looking to improve your riding?
Do you want to be confident and feel safe in the saddle? 
Is a good relationship with your horse important to you? 


If "yes" to the above questions...read on!

Alex's Story: 

It all started when I was backing my haflinger, Thor.

On the ground I was being dragged around. There were days I felt helpless. I felt like I was constantly battling with him to be calm and to be manageable.

When I was finally in the saddle, I struggled with understanding how it was supposed to feel. With so many instructions, learning to be a good horseman seemed complicated!

Think about your legs...mind your hands, your seat is most important...your heels must be down, head up, shoulders back, squeeze here, lift here, stretch here... Yikes! And all of this before a thought about the horse!

 

 

We believe the most important aspect of learning with your horse is to enjoy it. If you aren't having fun and your horse isn't happy, what is the point? 
 


So, here is what we offer:

 

- to show you how to be calm and to relax around your horse

- help to teach your horse to relax and to engage their mind

- to give you the tools to be your horse's guide and to build a good relationship with them

- bring you the foundations to being a good horseman, whatever your level or discipline, in an informed, simple way

- remind you to have fun!

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Lowering the head helps to take your horse out of the "flight" mindset and also helps to engage their mind.

It is easy to carry out on the ground, in the saddle, in a halter, bridle, bitless or bitted!

Here is a step-by-step picture guide of how to lower the head whilst on the ground and when you're on your horse.

Just a couple of minutes of practising this movement each time you ride will help you to calm your horse.

Did you know that the first way we humans communicate is via our hands?

It's no different when opening a line of communication with your horse 👋🏻 - soft and gentle is key!

 

 

5 tips for building a bond with your horse

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5 simple tips for a better bond with your horse

It's easy to forget to obvious things when you're busy worrying about much more exciting stuff!

But keeping these little gems in mind whilst training, or even just doing odd jobs around the yard, will do wonders for your relationship with your horse.

  1. Praise often - you can never ever ever give too much praise to your horse! Treats, a scratch or verbal encouragement, always let them know they have done well. 
     
  2. Be calm - an anxious mind is no use to a horse and is not a good mindset to be in whilst around these large animals. If you find yourself worrying, try counting back from 10, slowly. You could try singing too - regulate your breathing and relax.
     
  3. Be fair - don't expect too much of your horse. They have a mind of their own, be respectful of this. 
     
  4. Downtime - allow your horse to just be a horse! Giving your horse time and space to just be themselves is not to be overlooked. Everyone needs some downtime; your horse included!
     
  5.  Grooming - mutual grooming takes part in herds to establish social bonds. Not only will this stengthen the bond with your horse but its also great for skin and hair health.

    What is your best piece of advice to those wanting an unbreakable bond with their horse? 

    Comment below and share your wisdom! We'd love to hear from you!

You want natural horsemanship? This isn't for you!

Yes... we have a great relationship with our horses.
Yes... our horses can move with "invisible aids".
Yes... issues which are all too common are "fixed" with our teachings.

But "Natural Horsemanship" is nothing more than a marketing strategy.

If you want to be able to speak to your horse calmly and to become a good horseman, then this is for you. 

If you want to be able to speak to your horse calmly and to become a good horseman, then this is for you. 

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I am not writing this to point out the obvious... 

When someone seeks help or advice with their horse/pony it is because they care.
With so many training methods and pieces of advice out there, how on earth do you know what to choose? Which path do you follow? 

I could write a nice piece about choosing any method is a great choice - but I'm not going to! Let's get a little controversial... 

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