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What Type of Rider Are You?

One of the biggest challenges a rider faces in schooling, is finding the balance between being kind and being effective enough to actually improve her horse.  It can often seem like kindness and effectiveness are in direct conflict. But the question is, why can’t you have both? We’ve developed a grid that helps you understand your […]

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Talent isn’t everything

Wild native ponies at home on Exmoor

I remember my first real equine encounter as if it were yesterday…  I was in the middle of my first ever groundwork lesson. A birthday present from Jo to her then completely non-horsey husband in an effort to help me understand why she spent so much time at the stables while I was messing around […]

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The art of classical gardening

I couldn’t wait to tell you, I’ve just come in from mowing the lawn! “So what?”, you may ask. Well, I know it’s maybe not that big a deal to you, but I couldn’t help noticing how much my mowing skills have improved in the last 5 weeks.

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Deepening connections…

There’s some old horse wisdom that says, “it’s not how you are with horses, it’s how you are…”. It’s an idea that has been around for a long time. Back in the 16th Century, Antoine de Pluvinel (tutor to King Louis XIII of France) recognised how learning to work well with horses through empathy and […]

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