Philosophy

Due to the changing nature of horsemanship this page will forever be under construction. As we learn and discover more, our theories and practices change accordingly. As a result this page will do the same, we hope it will grow as we grow, in our learning and understanding about equines.

Understanding the way a horse thinks, is paramount in good training. We like to think of the equine in its natural environment and consider the way it behaves in the herd. We use our understanding of horse psychology, knowledge of horse behaviour and thinking to guide our training.

Central to our methods and theories are the renowned training principles of Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli, Monty Roberts, Buck Brannaman, Mark Rashid, Linda Kohanov, and Steve Brady. We do not train strictly adhering to everything each of these trainers advise- rather use their knowledge to guide our own understanding and development.

We value horses that know how to use the thinking side of their brains, as opposed to the reactive side. Because of this value, our training is focused around getting horses to think so they are safe to handle and ride.

We have a training programme that incorporates ground work, ridden work and hang out, downtime. We love the idea of needing long rides, wet saddle pads, and concentrated training, in even doses (Clinton Anderson). Our ground work mainly consists of desensitising to 'scary' objects, moving all parts of the horse and establishing a respectful, willing partnership. When we ride we do much of the same, the philosophy we have while riding remains the same as we impress on the ground.

        

Below is an attachment with some thought provoking sayings about horses and horsemanship.
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Cheryl Gray,
Jun 7, 2010, 4:54 AM