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A large part of our work consists in retraining horses once their soft tissue issues and any other underlying issues have been resolved. Finding the cause of poor performance or behaviour issues is complex but much can be achieved with retraining alone done sympathetically and with understanding. We successfully retrain remedial horses with these methods without any therapeutic intervention. Causes of behaviour are complex but it is amazing how very often the root cause of poor behaviour (and therefore often of performance) is a lack of trust and/or respect in the rider.
We use the tried and tested principles of Classical Equitation. They are (in order!):
The first 3 form a sub-group and the second 3 form a sub-group. Note that balance is not included as this is the fundamental principle which is the aim of all stages and is indeed the first element any good horseman will address not just in the horse but also the rider. If you are not balanced and in an independent seat you can never expect your horse to be balanced and not tense. This tension leads at best to poor work and at worst to lameness, KS, behavioural issues and more. The strategy is very simple but the getting there takes time and patience and sometimes takes strong intervention with a horse that has been allowed to get away with, for example, not listening to the leg, that actually he must listen to the leg. When he does the aids will get more subtle and lighter. Our job as riders is to focus on our seat not our hands and to learn to be always in balance and not to be interfering with our horse's balance. This is neither the hard knocks school of learning nor the sweet and sugar one. A horse is a large and potentially dangerous animal and it is paramount that she respects her human rider and does what she is reasonably asked. For that our duty is to communicate clearly, consistently and with feeling knowing when to intervene and how to intervene in order to teach your horse what you are trying to communicate.
Horses can stay for a week, a month or be stabled permanently with us. We are BD affiliated and can train horses currently to Elementary level. Please contact us for further information and rates with yor requirements.