In the late 90’s I brought my first horse – a beautiful and opinionated 6 month old Arabian foal called Crystal Fire.  Her breeder warned me that she wasn’t easy, and that was true, but I didn’t help matters and soon realised that I needed to go on a steep learning curve to keep up with her.

I remembered more innocent times when my friends and I would back young horses in the most simple way; using a head collar and bareback.  I wanted to start Fire in a similar fashion when the time came, and on the way I wanted to learn how to be the best human I could be for her.

There were mistakes made, and in many ways things didn’t go according to plan.  However Fire was amazingly forgiving and we built a bond that never broke, even when she went to early retirement living away from me for many years.

Fire started me on a journey that has been thrilling, challenging and at times heartbreaking.  I lost her in 2014 but will always be grateful to her for being the reason for exploring horsemanship.  I’ve met brilliant people on the way and found friends for life.  It’s been a blast.  I’d like to share some of this with you by developing this website as a doorway into exploring so much that horses and horse people have to offer.  It will take a while to grow, but I hope you’ll stick with me and enjoy exploring with me.

Email me at exploringhorsemanship@gmail.com for information on riding or spectating at the clinics I’m organising:

Stephen Halfpenny, Light Hands Equitation 2017:

15th – 18th June, near Tonbridge, Kent

4th – 7th August, Dormansland, Surrey

10th – 13th August, Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire

15th – 17th December 2017 – Jeff Sanders, California vaquero, venue TBA