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 applies Equine Psychology, it is important to understand the correct application and delivery to avoid frustration and 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 build a vocabulary both with visual and voice cues on the ground, removing anxiety with solid positive communication techniques. We use a long term plan with easy to follow short term goals to develop the horse’s flexibility and strength.



  • Targeting
  • Spacial Awareness
  • Flexing & Stretching
  • Hindquarter Cues
  • Shoulder Cues
  • Liberty Lunging
  • Lateral Flexion


Refine ground techniques & transition to ridden.

  • Cues for Mounting
  • Relaxed Stop Ridden
  • One-Rein Stop
  • Flexing & Stretching
  • Lateral Flexion
  • Transitions
  • Introducing Obstacles


Advance with the discipline(s) of your choice.

  • Gridwork
  • Obstacles
  • Liberty Agility
  • Jumping
  • Driving
  • Bridleless

We can also apply Positive Horsemanship to common behavioural situations including:

  • 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.

Complete Assessment

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 telephone or e-mail consultation included
  • Future sessions online or in person to support your plan


Horsemanship April 16, 2018