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Ear greyNibbling her ear
3y/o gmA Chilled walk
grey mareRelaxed
Grey 3yoPractice

we received a call from the owner who was experiencing difficulties in starting this grey mare.

The mare a 3 y/o,bred for jumping with good lines was developing sharp and unwanted responses to standard breaking procedures.

There were also head shy issues adding to the complexities.

We find that quite often well bred horses need lots of understanding.

We have had this mare for little over a week and she is making good progress.The head issues have all but disappeared and we are now working on other underlying issues that are generally not recognised or ignored probably because people do not realise their consequences  maybe  later in the horses career  underachieving spooking rearing etc.

The mare is young and possibly anxious.

Remember ignore bad advice , it is easy to notice, people give it freely.

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Luca had a problem it took about 5o minutes and lots of patience to put a bridle on.

Luca had been previously sent away (to another trainer )   for bridling  problems but even though the owner saw some progress it was not enough.Remember after 50 minutes of frustration and torture horses and owners become frustrated.

We are very fond of Luca he has great heart and a free mover lots of power somewhat anxious and immature.

Head shy Luca with Head shyness !!!!
Luca 4 Luca getting stressed.
A healing processA Healing process
Luca 2A relaxed horse
Luca 1Leave my head alone "It upsets me"!


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Some time ago we received a call from the owner of a very well bred 4Yo.The gelding standing at approx 18.hh,was just too difficult to start and assistance was needed.

We collected the horse and loaded him however he made his concerns known to us when he thrashed our trailer and all without shoes.

We commenced work immediately with him as some basic understanding was required this was challenging but we were making progress.Unfortuneately he lost tons of condition and was eating us out of house and home.We discussed the issue his Vet and blood testing was persued the blood results were very good so we were confused.

There was a strong possibility he was undergoing a healing crisis all emotional so we helped him and turned him out.

He returned to a better place and is putting on condition and with winter here we took him in full time and are commencing work in the immediate future.The Dutchman 1
The Dutchman
A Thrashed trailer
A difficult horse

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Blondie and riderBlondie and owner going home.
A relaxed mare and owner A relaxed mare Blondie and owner,
 Blondie Arrives

Her first day

A Healing Session

Healing session


Healing Process
A Healing process


Her first saddle and bridle

Her first saddle and bridle

Late summer we received a call from a horse owner.The owner and family competing and winning on a regular basis in Ireland and abroad had a dilemma their Mare had been away for 5\6 weeks and had been returned as un breakable.

The options were not great as the yard in question was a reputable yard.The future for the mare was not looking good.

The mare we will call her Blondie !! for discretionary purposes was very well bred and should do well.

We were advised honestly that she had an attitude for attacking,lunging and threatening with teeth and I mean serious,

Blondie arrived with 1.3.Metres of roap attached to her bridle.

And we started work.

Some photos are attached displaying some of her attitude but also her change.

From arrival to her going home all work was undertaken in a non violent way.

Some weeks after her arrival we sent a picture of he first saddle and bridle to her owners,their response was "Wow that's some change" and it was.


We continued our work all at her pace,this was difficult at times. I observed how the horse interacted with certain staff.

They saw it as a horse issue and would make silly statements such as "thats a dirty habit" and wanting to adjust the bit and tighten or fit nosebands,when feel was what was required.

It is interesting to note that people can be around horses for years and never learn, listening is difficult for some people  either way it's ignorance and need's re education.


Blondie certainly was challenging and what was fascinating was how soft and affectionette she is however this was  not always apparent.

Her owner came to  asess ride and collect her it was great to see that Blondie was so settled and all of this without breaking her spirit or causing her discomfort to overcome our problems and weakneses.



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We are introducing our new blog to provide on going information as to new developments etc.


We hope to make the blog quite interesting by introducing some of the issues that present themselves on an everyday basis.


We will also endevour to keep the blog posted with information and progress on  problem horses and starters/breakers including re starting and remedial work that we undertake.


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