I started riding in my mid 20’s and just galloped about on other peoples horses. Then started lessons at a British Horse Society approved yard – this included passing Stage 1 and 2 in Riding and Stable Management. It wasn’t until my children were 11 and 15 that we got our own pony – Just Kit a Connemara cross who was very lively but well schooled and taught us all to sit quietly and do very little.
I had a short experience with natural horsemanship until I got Benny who had mastered the art of escaping the aversive stimuli. He had some past clicker training so I investigated this and so my journey proceeded.
I studied with a variety of equine behaviourists and reward based trainers, before passing the Natural Animal Centres Equine Behaviour Qualification Stage 1. Now I am waiting for the Stage 2 course to be online so I can continue my education.
Mojo arrived 2 years ago and I have been doing a lot of desensitisation and counter conditioning with him, he can now be ridden – although due to a new granddaughter I haven’t managed to ride him. Mojo is still afraid of clippers but will now touch an electric toothbrush.
Indi is my daughters rescue horse and we are slowly starting his ridden education using as much positive reinforcement as possible.