The Positive Partnership program applies equine psychology and science-based training, coupled with a plan to build confidence, trust and skills for handling, in-hand and/or ridden work. This approach does not involve force or fear and works within the principles of LIMA (Least Intrusive Minimally Aversive).
Please note the first level of this program is currently in development, however if you would like to register your interest as a student please click the button below.
Training Mind & Body
Listen to the Horse
We, as our horses, are all starting from a different place emotionally and physically. So before we start putting any demands on the horse with a training program, I’ll teach you the basics of equine psychology, emotional balance and techniques to listen to your horse. If we listen, we can find out much more subtle information about our horses. Horses try to tell us in their everyday interactions with us, but we aren’t always receptive to understand their signals.
From the horse we learn about ourselves as teachers and find out our own strengths and weaknesses. We learn about our ego and how that potentially blocks us from becoming a better teacher and student. Remember that while we are all teachers to our horses, we are also their student. This relationship requires us to be patient and humble to question ourselves rather than fall in to a pattern of blaming the horse for the gaps in our understanding and skills. Balancing our emotions is just as important as balancing the horse, and is a mindset that requires hard work and a lifetime of fine tuning.
I strongly believe developing our knowledge and skills in this approach changes us as horsemen and women. We learn to quieten our minds, develop our sensitivity and through science based training we can open up communication and strengthen the trust we seek with our horses.
This learning process also covers the relationship of equine anatomy and bio-mechanics, and making the connections of how the emotional and physical states of horse and human feed in to one another through training. Learn the basics of how to assess the horse’s conformation and movement, it will help you figure out both what you need to work on in training and possibly the areas you can’t work on and need to involve a specialist such as physio, saddle fitter, dentist or hoof care etc. There is little point spending weeks working on your groundwork, only for the horse to develop incorrectly because of a soreness or tightness in the body. This is why the holistic approach is key in developing our relationship. Our horses cannot talk, but they can show us what they need.
Part of this approach is also learning to assess our equipment and nothing other than a simple well fitted cavermore bridle and rope is required to train on the ground. You can also choose to train completely at liberty. When you progress to ridden work we encourage you to take a look at the tack your horse is using, making sure it is well fitted. While we encourage bitless riding, this is not mandatory. However, we will ask you to explore the science and anatomy and be open to the possibilities, while respecting each partnership in its unique form.
Breaking down your goals into achievable steps will enhance your chances of success and help you to focus on the task ahead. Sometimes a big goal can seem daunting, which leads to us putting it off. That’s why we have created a catalog of pre-written shaping plans for you to access and tailor to your journey, you’ll be flying in no time.
Art of Communication
Horsemanship is more than the art of riding, but the art of communicating and how that communication resonates with both rider and horse. Our tailored plans cover the basics because this is the training most will skip through. But all of the great movements begin with perfecting groundwork and taking things slowly. There is little point in running before walking, you only need to prove one thing and that is to your horse; patience.
We recommend connecting with an EP Professional Trainer to continue training in groundwork, ridden and liberty.
Approved & Accredited Professionals
We are working with a selection of professionals worldwide to be able to offer a local support for you to continue your progress with an approved trainer.
If you would like to be considered to become a trainer on our program please contact us via email