Positive Horsemanship

Positive Horsemanship is a means of developing a partnership through reward based training, coupled with a training plan to build confidence, trust and skills for in-hand or ridden work.

Positive Horsemanship taps in to the horse’s seeking system, it’s important to understand the correct application and delivery to avoid frustration, also to make sure we are not reinforcing negative behaviours. Timing and feel are still vitally important, however we just work within a different application. Importantly, this approach does not involve force or fear and is within the principles of LIMA (Least Invasive Minimally Aversive).

Training Mind & Body

It’s important to train the horse to cue, to build a vocabulary both with visual and voice cues. In turn, we can use this plan to also support our horse to develop their bodies gymnastically. Training the body to be flexible, strong and being able to support the rider.


Develop ground exercises with your horse at Liberty

  • Targeting
  • Relaxed Stop
  • Flexing & Stretching
  • Engaging Front & Hindquarters
  • Lateral Flexion
  • Transitions


Refine ground techniques & transition to ridden.

  • Positioning for Mounting
  • Relaxed Stop Ridden
  • Engaging Front & Hindquarters
  • One-Rein Stop
  • Lateral Flexion
  • Transitions


Advance with the discipline(s) of your choice.

  • Gridwork
  • Obstacles
  • in-Hand Agility
  • Jumping
  • Driving
  • Bridleless


We can also apply Positive Horsemanship to many common behavioural situations as well as a training plan.

Common Behavioural Problems Include:

  • Difficult to catch
  • Difficult to load
  • Difficult to trim
  • Difficult with vet
  • Avoiding tack
  • Sluggish to lead or ride
  • Napping when ridden
  • Rearing, Bucking, Bolting
  • Rushing in training
  • Spooking
  • Biting or Kicking
  • Aggressive behaviour

Tailored Planning

Whether you would like to work on a specific area or fully retrain with Positive Horsemanship, we can make a tailored plan just for you. Together we create a personalised shaping plan, agreeing on an overall goal, then broken down into small steps to success. The plan can be worked on in between sessions and see your progress.


Usually 2-3hrs, meeting you & your horse at their field/stable/yard. If you have an arena, that may be beneficial, but not a requirement.

  • You don’t need a roundpen
  • I bring my own equipment for the session
  • I am fully insured
  • Assessments are in no way medical and cannot be used for your insurance purposes
  • You’ll receive a shaping plan after your assessment by e-mail
  • Follow up consultation included
  • Future sessions online or in person to support your plan
Horsemanship April 16, 2018