I am based out of
Langley, BC and I offer lessons and clinics both
locally and out of town.
Many riders are unaware
that they are using far too much effort when riding and
training their horses. And even when they acknowledge
that they are using a lot of effort, they simply don't
know that there is an alternative. That alternative is to
re-sensitize the horse to light aids so that the rider
can do less and achieve more through correct, well-timed
requests. Not only is riding more enjoyable for the rider
and the horse, but the horse's soundness will be
enhanced as well.
My emphasis is on fun for
both horse and rider using gentle but effective
The basics I teach are
highly appropriate for all horses, whatever style of
riding they will eventually be used for, whether English
or Western, dressage, reining, or even trail riding. I
also offer saddlefitting and hoof balance consultations
to enhance your horse's ability to remain sounder longer.
Private lessons preferred.
Riding and undersaddle training are based on French and
Portuguese classical riding and, for those who are
interested, includes high school and the Spanish airs.
The French and Portuguese schools are characterized by
light and effective aids that encourage full expression
from the horse. Although I have experience and work with
all breeds, I have a particular interest in Spanish and
Portuguese horses, and enjoy working with sensitive
I also offer groundwork sessions to
teach feel and to establish mutual, two-way communication
which enhances undersaddle safety, communication and
cooperation. This makes for a very safe interaction for
both horse and handler that affects all aspects of
handling from easy leading, longeing, cooperation during
farrier and veterinary visits, to trailer loading and
classical work in hand and under saddle.
To round out the general curriculum, I also incorporate
clicker training for those who are interested. Not only
is this a fun way to teach your horse tricks, but more
importantly it can help the horse understand precisely
the response you are seeking during normal training,
whether on the longe or under saddle, for example when
you are teaching him to lengthen his stride or to
collect. It enhances the horse's ability to learn, in
addition to developing the handler's/rider's timing,
feel, and awareness. Clicker training can greatly
decrease learning time while significantly increasing
understanding, and fits in quite seamlessly with my
riding and groundwork techniques.
I offer private or group saddlefitting sessions, during
which I evaluate the fit of the saddle to your horse and
suggest ways to optimize fit for greatest comfort and
range of motion. I also teach you how to evaluate this
for yourself, as saddlefit should be assessed frequently.
MOVEMENT AND ASYMMETRY
I offer private or group sessions to identify movement
and asymmetry irregularities that are affecting your
horse's performance. There are several very common
patterns to these and I make recommendations to help the
rider assist the horse in overcoming these problems. This
may take the form of riding exercises, bodywork of some
kind, or re-establishing correct hoof balance.
HOOF BALANCE CONSULTATIONS
Many horses live with inappropriate hoof balance. This
may be the result of injury, poor trimming/shoeing
practices, poor riding habits, or just poor posture,
among other things. I assess hoof balance and make
recommendations with a view to restoring correct balance
and movement for that individual horse, rather than
corrective measures for the sake of aesthetics or an
artificial standard of movement.
I am a certified SENSE Method practitioner for horses,
dogs and other companion animals. This very gentle and
subtle form of hands-on somatic (movement) education is
used for rehabilitation or prevention of injuries. SENSE
gently addresses the nervous system, offering an
educational experience for the horse that assists him in
reorganizing his body to allow greater range and freedom
of movement. It is particularly useful for horses in
regular training to prevent tight muscles due to
repetitive exercise, for horses recovering from injury or
movement problems, or for horses with behavioral,
attitude or sensitivity problems. It is also extremely
beneficial for arthritic horses. For more information on
this gentle but effective approach, visit the SENSE
more on my riding philosophy.
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