Western riding is the opposite of English riding and rather than a discipline, Western riding is a style of riding.
Riders learn to become more body aware, and practising self- control , leadership skills and groundwork means that when aboard, the rider finds the horse more responsive to voice commands and simple weight movements rather than forcing the horse around by its head (and mouth).
Many of our horses had been damaged by rough hands and we retrain them with games from the ground first, and then using a bitless bridle. This is much more comfortable for the horse and combined with clicker training, bonding and desensitisation exercises the horse is effectively reprogrammed to trust rather than act through fear.
This is a foundation principle that we are committed to. An animal that is naturally a prey animal will run away or shut down when in a fearful state of mind. We can never change that level of thought by using pain or punishment.
Our lessons are not just about riding! We teach Horsemanship to children and adults. Lessons are approx 1.5 hours and you will learn horse behaviour, anatomy, physiology and body language so you can commuicate with them and of course this means that there is an existing bond before riding. Which makes for safer practises and better understanding.