Exploring Horsemanship

Don't panic, a horse owners guide.

Follow up on one of the Horseman’s Calling starters

I’ve been away on clinics with Steve Halfpenny over the last couple of weeks – awesome!  I’m now helping to produce his first book… (watch this space!) while working on one of my own… So not much time for blogging, meaning this is just a short one. Jason Webb sent me a link to this little video of him with Whinnie, the little grey Arab x that he worked with at the Horseman’s.. Read More

An Invitation – The Horseman’s Calling – Part 2

I tried to keep pace with the furore following the Horseman’s Calling and it made interesting reading.  Epona TV got involved as did other well known and less well known personalities in the world of  horsemanship.  They blogged, they tweeted, they Facebooked…  for a very short time the Internet was full of comment. There was massive criticism of the event itself, it was undoubtedly an unusual and stressful situation for the horses involved. .. Read More

Horsemans’s Calling

I went to this event last weekend and I’ve been trying to work out some sort of blog about it ever since. I took pages and pages of notes during the times that the trainers were working in the arena, bit I don’t really want to reproduce chunks of those here. The reason for that… well, I’ve got my theories about what the trainers had in mind while they were working, and what.. Read More

Don’t Hit the Sloe Gin: 7 tips for Successful Horse Clinic Trainers

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I don’t know if any pro trainers will be interested in taking advice from a humble clinic organiser and attendee like me, but I’m going to throw this out there anyway just to round off my series of blogs about clinics. Anyway, I’ve taken part in a lot of these events, either with my horse or my comfy chair, and I think I’ve worked out a few things that make for a good.. Read More

Watch Don’t Teach: How to be the Perfect Horse Clinic Spectator

Well, OK, that might sound obvious, but bear with me… Watching clinics can be a really good learning experience, not only do you have the safety of sitting back and learning from the mistakes of others, but I find that it’s sometimes much easier to understand what’s going on in the arena from a bit of a distance, without my horse. So, most clinics you go to there will be a gathering of.. Read More

Bring Sun Cream, Wellies and Your Horse: A Beginners Guide to Riding on a Horse Clinic

So, you’ve agonised over whether you are brave enough to ride on a clinic. You’ve chosen the clinic with a trainer that you like, and you’ve saved for the last 9 months to pay for your ticket and transport. How do you make sure that you get what you and your horse need out of the experience? First of all, prepare carefully. Read the clinic information, and if there is anything you’re not.. Read More