Evening Talks


Wednesday 20 November 2019 Does your saddle fit and how can you tell? at 7pm

Does your saddle fit and how can you tell? with Michelle Lyall at 7pm

Our horses change frequently and this means that we need to be able to keep and eye on our saddle fit and know when to call in the saddler for a check-up. How often are you checking and do you know what to look for? If you are not absolutely sure then this talk is for you!

Learn more about this vital part of your success with your horse and how to tell when its time to call the saddler in.

During the evening we will be:
Showing you how to take a saddle map of your horse (chalking the back of the horse to understand where the saddle should go).
Discussing why the saddle might be too tight and how to recognise this.
Looking at changes in the horse that affect saddle fitting.
Talking about numnahs, pads and shimming – what works and what does not.
Having a look at different types of flocking and panel fillings.
Talking about stirrup bars and rider balance, tree and head plate shape and issues with mounting and how they affect saddles

You will find loads of practical information to think about during the evening that we hope will be of immediate benefit to your horse.

Price £7.50


Wednesday 11 December 2019 Equine Behaviour: An overview of recent research & practical applications for you & your horse at 7pm

During this evening Dr Amanda Barton will be summarising some of the research to have come from equitation science in recent years in order to make this understandable and practical for all horse owners and riders.
Come along to find out more about the nature of horses, their mental and sensory abilities, learning theory and current welfare topics.
The evening will be interactive with plenty of things for participants to do and to think about.  Topics that will be covered include:
  • What have we learnt about the behaviour of wild horse herds and is this relevant to our own domestic horses and ponies?
  • Horses are social creatures.  What do we know about herd structure and can this help our own relationship with horses?
  • What can be done to help separation anxiety issues?
  • How horses’ eyes and ears are different to our own and why it matters.
  • In what ways are horses really smart, and not so smart, comparted to humans?
  • Social learning – Do horses learn by watching each other?
  • A discussion of (often misunderstood) key training terms such as reinforcement and punishment, conditioning, desensitisation and habituation?
  • An overview of some of the most recent advances in welfare topics: rider weight relative to horse weight, nosebands and how can we measure stress in horses?
  • How often should you train your horse, what are the most effective schedules for the rate and success of learning?
Price £7.50


Wednesday 4 March RiderCise: Improving Fitness, Performance, Recovery and Confidence of Riders

RiderCise: Improving Fitness, Performance, Recovery and Confidence of Riders with Clare Gangadeen

How often do you you wake up feeling a little stiff and sore after a doing a longer ride or a more energetic lesson than normal? Does this limit you in any way from taking on now challenges? For the majority of people it does.

Many riders think that in order to improve their riding they need to spend time in the gym but getting yourself fit to ride is actually so much easier than that. With just a few exercises, for a short period a few times a week, you can reduce the risk of injury and also significantly reduce aches and pains after riding. Rider fitness is not just about being physically fit, its about being confidently empowered. When you start to notice changes in yourself your confidence improves and you find yourself on a positive upward spiral. Come along to join us for this evening talk and make some positive changes that will have a huge impact on you, your horse and your riding.

Clare Gangadeen, Founder of RiderCise® is a Soft Tissue Therapist, Personal Trainer and Rider of over 20 years. With her skills, knowledge and extensive experience in the fitness industry, RiderCise® provides Online Rider Fitness and Conditioning Programmes, specifically designed to improve fitness, strength, mobility, stability and balance in the saddle. Clare has worked with many riders of all levels in multiple disciplines from the everyday leisure rider to the Tevis Cup and Mongolian Derby competitors across the world, helping riders become more aware and in control of their bodies to improve the way that they move with their horses and competition success.

Please book your place for this talk at the link below.

Price £7.50


Friday 15 May - Masterson Method Demonstration with Jim Masterson at 7pm

The Masterson Method Demonstration, Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork at 7pm – 9pm (approx)
What’s the benefit of the Masterson Method for you?
  • Improve your relationship and communication with your horse
  • Help your horse to be more relaxed and comfortable
  • Achieve your potential by helping your horse to overcome physical limitations
During The Masterson Method Demo, Jim Masterson will show you how The Method helps to improve performance, communication and relationship with your horse. Anyone is welcome and you don’t need to have any previous experience in body work to take part!
Come get a taste of this incredible method of bodywork.
 Jim will explain how to recognize what the
 horse is telling you through visual and palpable responses. Then, in the demonstration, Jim will show you how these responses enable you to get deep releases of tension in the horse. This is a truly interactive process that results in a change in relationship, and an improvement in movement and performance.
This demonstration is open to anyone and everyone, of all disciplines, that has interest in learning how to help your horse feel better and to develop an even deeper bond with your horse in the process. Come out and enjoy.
For those who want MORE….
There are limited places for this demo so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Price £15

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