➡️ We understand that our greatest judge is our horse. So we put our horse’s physical and mental health first, regardless of what anyone else might say.
➡️ We take as long as it takes, and we appreciate the power of time and patience.
➡️ We aim to be open minded, curious, consistent patient and kind, and understand improving our horsemanship journey is a lifelong journey
➡️ We recognise the try, no matter how slight.
➡️ We don’t use shortcuts, quick fixes, gadgets, draw reins, tie our horses heads down or tie their mouths shut.
➡️ We never place competition goals above our horse’s health.
➡️ We don’t pull on our horses, because we understand that it creates tension, bracing and negatively influences their balance.
➡️ We don’t ride long and low or forward down, because we know how bad it is for our horses long term health, when they are ridden with a lot of weight on the forehand
➡️ We understand collection is not a head position, and cannot be achieved by pulling hard on the reins, draw reins, rollkur or other physically damaging approaches
➡️ We understand that collection is a shift of weight from the forequarters to the hindquarters
➡️ We know that self-carriage means that the horse does it by himself.
➡️ We believe that groundwork builds relaxation, partnership and relaxation.
➡️ We are proud to walk with our horses and we know that every mile counts.
➡️ We know that true horsemanship begins with relaxation and confidence
➡️ We understand the importance of riding and training our horses in a way that will improve their long term physical health.
➡️ We believe true horsemanship is an art-form, that develops softness, lightness and true connection, and we follow the traditions that honor this.
➡️ We live in the present, stay emotionally neutral, with an open mind and a desire to understand.
➡️ We allow our horses time to evolve at their own pace
➡️ We appreciate there are often differences between what the rider wants and what the horse needs.
➡️ We accept the fact that the horse has more to teach us than we will ever teach them.
➡️We acknowledge that a horse’s body is only physically mature at a minimum of 5.5 years of age, and the back is the last part to develop. So we don’t ride 2 or 3 years olds.
➡️ We understand that older horses are not disposable and it’s our duty to care for them in their last years
➡️ We are aware that developing a horse correctly through balance, timing and feel takes years and they are at their performance peak at 12+ years of age.
➡️ We are prepared to quieten our minds, in order to hear our horses, however quietly they are speaking.
➡️ And we understand horsemanship is a never-ending journey and we always must put the horse first
➡️ We support each other on our individual journeys, and value the wonderful friendships we create along the way.