If you resonate with any of this .... "When we hit grass he goes", "I don't know how to stop him", "he's so good in so many ways but to mount ..." , "He won't come on the bit", "I had a disaster when I lunged him", "I wish I hadn't loaned him but I don't want to return him either"
... then we maybe able to help you.
We can offer:
Private lessons with Lisa Venables -
Lisa's re-training philosophy:
I have worked with many clients who have decided to re-home a racehorse but hit problems... sometimes huge problems.
I always found it interesting that when the horses arrived at our yard they instantly settled (bar one who had been taken from her foal - she took a few hours) and they were always a pleasure to ride and to work with... even (and especially) one mare that had been to two re-training yards and was labelled as 'un-re-trainable'.
I believe one of the reasons for them settling was the yard was run like a racing yard. Clockwork routine, two or three feeds a day, all horses fed at the same time, correct ration of food vs hay, correct feed for exercise, daily exercise, a quiet period during the afternoon and lights out at 8pm. Immediately they were in an environment they knew ... you could almost see them taking a deep breath and saying .... phew!
My staff and I were also experienced with racehorses so during re-training, if they didn't understand what we were asking we would revert to asking the 'racing' way so good relaxed communication and rapport was built up. All my non-racing staff were taken up the gallops almost immediately! See Farmers Guardian - A holistic approach to horsey benefits for more information on what they may have experienced!
It is this knowledge that I believe is so important for you to understand. Both for communication with your horse but also for your safety.
My methods are about positive progression while keeping relaxation and understanding as the key principle. It takes time to develop a relationship - first you have to understand your horse... then you can begin to ask him/her to understand you.
Numidas - re-trained into a superb riding horse
Learning what your horse knows in a safe environment!
Social Climber - retired from racing at 14. Popping a gate on a fun ride.
Naviasky - winner of £85,000 and 79 starts - he finished his career sound and was a quiet ride.