AMT Equestrian Services offer a variety of horse training services, tailored to your needs. We keep you closley involved in any training provided to your horse to ensure long term benefits and learning for both yourself and your horse.
Ground Work training
Having a horse that leads well and has good ground manners is paramount for safety and to build a quality relationship with your horse. Most problems start on the ground and having a solid foundation on the ground with your horse will allow you to progress much more safely and easier under saddle. Groundwork not only builds a horse’s confidence and softness it is also vital to help the horse to use its body in a bio-mechanically correct way in order to encourage self-collection and lifetime soundness.
Many riders have big dreams for their young horses. It is important to understand that a horse who has been started under saddle will not become a reliable schoolmaster overnight. The start is exactly as the name suggests, a ‘start’ to the horse’s learning under saddle. Having a horse accept saddle and rider and basic aids is generally the easy part. It is the consistent and clear training that follows that will build on the foundation and understanding by the horse to become willing and soft under saddle.
The ‘Start’ is the most important aspect of a horses “working” life. How the start is presented will influence a horse’s attitude, trust and willingness to learn and ‘try’ throughout its life and ridden career. The building of a strong foundation is pivotal to having a responsive, connected horse that is willing to learn. Early education involves everything from leading, tying up, float loading and being used to different enviornments to eventually saddling and riding. A lot of preparation can be accomplished before the first ride to ensure the horse is happy and confident.
The reality is that horses need to get along with their owners in a domestic environment to avoid being passed on from home to home, or end up at the knackery. It is not unusual to come across an issue with your horse. By seeking assistance to determine both the cause and possible solutions to the problem you often avoid developing negative ingrained behaviours in your horse (which are much harder to ‘fix’ in the long term). Not only does resolving behaviour problems help your horse, it also helps to keep you safe.
Once a horse has a basic groundwork education established, that is, it can softly follow a feel, it is important to now focus on building the horse’s core strength and fitness for soundness. Poor body posture, tension and incorrect motion sets a horse up for a lifetime of soundness problems and pain that often result in behaviour and training problems later on. We care about a horse’s longterm welfare and soundness and incorporate in-hand training for all of our horses. It is also a fun way to work with your horse
Pricing and Terms
Contact us to discuss your horse training needs. We offer a variety of options including short and long term training. You can bring your horse to us or discuss travel arrangements if you have safe facilities available at home.
We offer an hourly or a weekly rate depending on your needs. Our priority is positive progress and confidence for your horse. Some horses are quick learners while others benefit from shorter, frequent sessions to avoid mental and physical fatigue (this is especially true for young horses).
We encourgae your to stay closely involved in your horse’s training and recommend that you learn along with your horse by taking lessons or attending our Horsemanship Development Days or othe clinics run throughout the year.
Andrew Turnbull and Steve Halfpenny starting a young (4yo) horse
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