If communication between a horse and handler breaks down it can lead to bad behaviour, frustration and resentment on both sides. Advice of the “he’s just trying it on - give him a good wallop” variety may be offered, but obviously pain and fear will only increase the bad feelings. Steve helps a horse to understand what is required without causing stress. A stressed horse will switch off and refuse to listen to the trainer. They will react purely by instinct and the opportunity to teach them something will be lost. Yes, they can be stressed and forced to do something - but unless they have been given the opportunity to think things through for themselves, in the same situation they will again make the same 'mistakes'.
As long as you can accept the fact that the session is as much about altering your habits as altering your horse’s then Steve will do his very best to improve the relationship between you and your equine partner.
TRAINING DAYS / WORKSHOPS
Can be arranged for preventative training so that handlers can get it right before any problems are unwittingly created. By learning the basics of leading, asking, recognising a 'try', going soft or fluffy feathers etc., clients can gain confidence which will communicate itself to the horse or pony.
These training sessions can either be on a one-to-one basis or a group session and can last from one hour to a full day and can be held at the yard in Cumbria or a location of your choice. Training day/Workshop charges by arrangement, depending on numbers and area. Please contact Steve for a quotation.
There was a time he scared me stiff something I'd try not mention,
but that's now gone I'm pleased to say I now pay him attention.
He'd been telling me of things he liked of some he was not sure,
but now I understand him and know his heart is pure.
It seemed that I just couldn't win he'd never be quite right,
but then I called the quiet man one frustrated angry night.
My horse behaved, did nothing wrong how could that be I thought,
an hour or two with a strange man but see the change he's brought.
I remember all the lessons simple things I'd never tried,
how to listen, how to ask, it worked so well I cried.
Now the spell is finally broken Thank you Steve for all you've done,
with those quiet words you've spoken, horse and I are having fun.