Five Foundation Skills for Young Horses

In this course we look at young horses from weaning to starting and prepare them to be proficient in, what the Positive Horsemanship team consider to be, essential to the smooth progression of their future training. In their day to day work the Positive Horsemanship Team have identified the five main reasons they get called out the help with people's horses:

  • Can't catch
  • Won't lead
  • Won't tie up without pulling back
  • Will not allow his feet to be trimmed
  • Will not load into a lorry or trailer

If we could teach young horses to be caught, lead, tie up, stand for the farrier and travel then, we believe, many 'problems' would simply disappear.

For this course we will have two young ponies who have learnt none of these skills and show how, in two days, they become proficient in the Five Foundation Skills.

These courses are run in thirty acres of fabulous Devon countryside in a converted barn overlooking beautiful farmland. The horse paddocks adjoin thousands of acres of forestry and from them you can see both Exmoor and Dartmoor.

Each day starts at 9.00am in the 'classroom' moving out to study the herds of horses, as we need to, breaking for lunch at around 1.00pm please supply your own lunch. Tea coffee, biscuits etc are freely available all day.

We resume at about 2.00pm to finish at 5.00pm. As the courses are run over a weekend we will send you a list of accommodation ranging from campsites to luxury hotels - you take your pick! The work with the horses takes place outside so suitable clothing for the weather and safety is required including a B.S. standard hard hat and safety boots, gloves are useful too.

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