- Are you stuck, failing to progress or even having problems with your horse and the advice you're getting just isn't helping?
- Do you feel uncomfortable about what you're being asked to do to your horse during riding lessons
- Or perhaps you have a youngster or new horse and just want to know how to 'do it right'?
If you are one of the many riders looking for a better way then don't give up hope because we have some good news - there is an alternative and the alternative works for EVERY horse!
Riding and schooling really can be easy, rewarding and fun for both you and your horse if you understand what your horse really needs and how to help him or her find it. On the other hand, it can very quickly turn into a physical battle if you don't.
In the modern day, the kind and respectful ways of schooling horses - even to the highest levels - that were once more widely known seem to have been almost completely forgotten. Nowadays, you are much more likely to find instructors demanding you drive your horse forward into shorter and shorter reins or resorting to ever more elaborate gadgets in a desperate search for quick fixes and instant results.
Not surprisingly, many horses just protest and refuse these methods leading to wide range of symptoms such as not going forward, running away, napping, spooking, difficulties with the mouth or bit, bucking, rearing, bolting or worse!
At Holistic Equitation, our mission is to help people like you find the answers you are looking for, so you can develop and enjoy an amazing relationship with your horse built on harmony, a deep connection and mutual trust.
Our approach to riding and schooling is based on empathy, compassion and a deep understanding of classical training (horse-friendly methods that have been tried and tested over literally hundreds of years). So, if your experience of owning or riding horses isn't yet living up to your dreams, please don't give up hope - because we really can help!
As well as our own clinics and workshops where we share with you what we've learned about horse-friendly riding, training and living, we host events with selected internationally renowned trainers, teachers and clinicians, such as the French classical riding master, Philippe Karl. You can find out more about these by following this link to our events schedule.
Riding Lessons and Intensives
Holistic Equitation's founders, Derek and Jo Clark also offer regular riding lessons - either here at the centre or at your home base. Derek is a former Olympic coach, an expert in applied sports psychology and a Licenced Teacher of Philippe Karl's School of Légèreté. Jo is a student on Philippe Karl's second UK training course which began in 2014 and is currently in training to achieve her licence. Both are equally comfortable working with all levels of rider on all types of horse.
Both Derek and Jo are particularly effective with nervous riders or 'problem' horses and teach private lessons and clinics both at the Centre and throughout the UK. Find out more about Derek and Jo, learn what their clients say or arrange a lesson.