All natural horse care in the west of Ireland

Ready to Ride Results
Sunday, 03 August 2008

I have just completed two x two day courses (4 days in total) on Positive horsemanship with Vannessa Bee.

Satrurday and Sunday was the 'Ready to Ride' course followed by Monday and Tuesday covering the 'Horse Behaviour and the Psychology of Training'

Make The Right Thing Easy
Sunday, 27 July 2008
We set out for our normal Saturday hack at 1pm as normal. Planned to meet up with some friends about 4 miles away. We had arranged to meet around 1.45pm. 45 minutes is how long it took us to get to the meeting place the last time we met up.
Who Luvs Ya baby
Sunday, 27 July 2008

Magpie and me sharing a moment 

Use some breath fresheners mum!!! 
Playing on Saturday
Sunday, 27 July 2008

Some pictures of us playing before we went out on Saturday


Polly the Plough Horse
Thursday, 24 July 2008
Well Thursday again and we headed off for our twice weekly bareback ride this morning. Brought the three horses up, quick feed (only a handful) and put on their fly masks. The flies were horrendous this morning and one of Polly's eyes was a little swollen.
Positive Horsemanship Clinics
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

I am very excited to be hosting 2 Positive Horsemanship Clinics with Vanessa Bee at my home in Lisacul (near Ballaghaderreen) Co Roscommon in August.

Saturday 2nd August & Sunday 3rd August - Ready to Ride

How many times do you hear the comment that the horse ‘wasn’t ready to ride’? it may relate to an older horse that has been ridden for many years or to a youngster.

In this short course we examine:

• How the horse communicates his unwillingness to be ridden.
• How to help the horse feel better about carrying a rider.
• Basic saddlefitting do’s and don’ts.
• The fitness of the rider, posture, stiffness etc
• Identifying ‘blocks and braces’ in horse and rider.
• Starting youngsters – when possible we will have an unbacked youngster to start as a demonstration.

 Monday 4th August & Tuesay 5rd August - Horse Behaviour and the Pyschology of Training

This module is dedicated to looking at the horse and how he behaves not only to other horses but towards humans.

• we look at the language used by behaviourists
• we identify ‘problems’ and identify how the horse is
• expressing himself and why
• we look at rewards, punishment, negative and positive reinforcement in training
• we look at training methods used by many different horsemen
• we will observe, in the field, how horses communicate with each other
• we examine how horses learn and use their senses to survive
• there will be case studies to discuss and evaluate, students being encouraged to voice their opinions and observations

Cost of each course (2 days) is 200 EURO. A 50 EURO deposit will be required to secure a place. Places are limited so if you are interested please get in touch soon.

nb. Anyone wishing to bring their own horses should make sure they have appropriate insurance cover.


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