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The question is “what has drawn you to my website and to this page?”.  The answer could be that you are either inquisitive about furthering your communication, or looking for a solution to a situation that presents difficulty, uncertainty, or perplexity.


Whatever your reason, you’re most welcome, so please continue to read on . . .

Have you ever wondered what your horse is thinking?


It’s a question that I asked myself many a time before I found this fulfilling road.  Once you know everything has a possibility and a solution the amount of joy to be held with your horse is insurmountable.


Do you have to catch your horse or does your horse come to you because he loves the company and comfort your partnership offers?  You have probably heard the term ‘Soul Mate’ within human circles, have you ever thought you could have the same partnership with your horse;  there is no better feeling.   This is but one of the reasons for following this road I have found myself on and I wish to share my successes and knowledge with as many people who are willing to learn for the better of both equine and humankind.



With this in mind I offer equine tuition, development and support; developing communication through trust, respect, understanding and consistency, with open mind, open heart and open hand; working with the whole horse mentally, emotionally and physically.


I am on hand to help you . . .


  1. Understand psychology and why the horse behaves the way he does

  2. Use body language and energy to communicate with your horse

  3. Develop feel, balance and timing

  4. Build a solid foundation for you and your horse

  5. Form a partnership with your horse

  6. Build your horse’s confidence

  7. Rebuild your confidence, perhaps following a fall or other event

  8. Resolve handling issues

  9. Improve your riding skills

  10. Improve your horse’s way of going

  11. Develop your horse’s potential

  12. Enhance performance – e.g. jumping, dressage, etc

  13. Have fun and stay safe


 
  1. GROUNDWORK / COMMUNICATION / PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

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Groundwork really is where everything begins.  It is where the communication begins and where some of the biggest, most significant changes are made in the relationship between horse and human.  I cannot stress enough how valuable and important learning even just the basic groundwork communication is. 


Here you will learn how to be in control of the horse’s feet, to move them around you and, in doing so, to build respect.  Understanding how the horse learns and what makes him behave the way he does helps you to become more understanding of him, and sets you up to be able to teach him in a way that makes sense to him and that he can understand in return.  Energy control and direction plays a huge part in the communication so you will learn how to affect your horse just through breathing, thinking and feeling.


As you progress together you will start to help the horse become more supple and balanced in the way he moves, and you yourself will become more confident and fluid in your movements and directions.



 
  1. GENERAL HANDLING ISSUES

The most common reason I find people seeking my help is due to handling issues of some description.  I will not usually, however, directly address the issue straight away (for example saddling/bridling problems, leading/loading problems, farrier difficulties etc), first I work on building a communication on the ground such that I can move any part of the horse on request, for example move the shoulder or hind quarters over, have the horse back up with lightness, etc.  Then I have the basic tools and strategies in place to be able to address whatever the particular handling problem is.  In many cases I find that basic handling problems such as leading, standing still on request, etc are resolved during this initial process.



 
  1. LOADING DIFFICULTIES

I don’t think I will ever truly understand why a horse will allow itself to be put inside a moving box!  It is against all his natural instincts to go inside a cave, let alone a moving one.  This just goes to show what trusting, trying, genuine beings they truly are.  So it comes as no surprise that the most common handling problem I am called upon to help with is that of loading.


As with all handling issues I always start by building a communication on the ground such that I can move any part of the horse on request.  This gives me the basic tools and strategies in place to be able to address the problem at hand.  It also serves to build a level of trust, respect  and understanding between me and the horse I am handling.


Through principles of pressure and release, confidence building, trailer / lorry investigation and energy use I work with the horse until he is confident to be loaded, travelled, unloaded and reloaded.  I will then work with the handler so they have an understanding of the basic communication, before helping them load their horse and setting them up with various strategies to give them the confidence to know that they can always reload their horse.



 
  1. DESENSITISATION TECHNIQUES

There are many ways we can help our horses become calmer, smarter and braver.  The desensitisation techniques I use will help the horse to cope with flapping objects, different surfaces, narrow gaps, and various sounds and noises in his space and general surroundings, to name but a few things.  Working through the desensitisation exercises helps the horse to react less to things when he is being ridden out, schooling, led around, at shows etc.  Whilst we can never truly stop the horse from initially reacting to something, we can help to set him up such that he thinks more about the situation instead of reacting violently to it (bolting, rearing, bucking, shying etc).


These techniques are invaluable in producing a safe horse and I use them without fail when working with ponies being prepared for use within the RDA (Riding for the Disabled) when it is of paramount importance that the ponies are pretty much bomb proof!



 
  1. CONFIDENCE BUILDING FOR HORSE & HUMAN

Losing your confidence when riding or around horses in general can be devastating when you are so passionate about this majestic animal.  It is certainly nothing to be ashamed of – at the end of the day the horse is a living, breathing being with a brain of his own and horse riding is a dangerous sport.  However, I can help you learn strategies that will not only help you be safer around horses but can help you rebuild your confidence and start having fun again.



 
  1. FOAL / YOUNGSTOCK HANDLING & DEVELOPMENT

It is never too early to start working with foals and youngstock.  All too often it is left until the horse is ready to be backed, but life for everyone (including the horse) can be made so much easier if a communication is introduced early. 


Once weaned, I often see foals becoming pushy and bulshy as they test the boundaries with the other horses and humans alike.  The other horses will put the youngster firmly in its place but if the same does not happen with the human (in a way the little horse can understand) then inappropriate behaviour can manifest and get out of hand very quickly. 


I like to work with youngstock from an early age so that when it comes to backing it’s no big deal and just another new thing for the horse to learn about.  This approach produces confident, calm, thinking horses that are a pleasure to work with and develop on into whatever sphere the partnership is aiming for.



 
  1. DEVELOPMENT

The most efficient way of giving horse and rider a foundation is for me to work with your horse for several sessions (time dependent on the individual horse’s ability) to build communication, confidence, and partnership qualities, and establish the foundation.  Then I will work with you, helping you understand how to use your energy and body language to communicate with the horse.  Finally, I bring you and your horse together again.  At this point I am on hand to support you both as you progress and develop together – guiding you through the next stage of your horsemanship journey as you start to build new layers and travel on into whatever your chosen area is, whether it is show jumping, dressage, endurance, reining, or simply enjoying safe and fun rides out together.



 
  1. PROMOTING SOFTNESS & SUPPLENESS / ENHANCING PERFORMANCE

There are so many ways in which a horse’s performance can be enhanced giving you that competitive edge, whether your chosen field is show jumping, eventing, dressage, western pursuits etc.  Building a foundation enhances suppleness of communication between horse and rider such that turns can be improved, shaving valuable seconds off the time when competing against the clock.  Softness of ribs promotes softness of mind so the jumping arena need not be a battle ground where you and your horse go head to head.  Imagine a horse that is soft, listening, supple, agile and can turn on a sixpence in the jumping arena or that is floating, responsive, willing and expressive in the dressage arena.  Improve lateral moves and suppleness through the ribs so the horse is ready to respond to any request at any time.



 
  1. TUITION USING WESTERN & CLASSICAL RIDING TECHNIQUES WITH BIOMECHANICS IN MIND

Learn techniques to improve your horse’s way of going, whatever your level or end goal.  We all need someone on the ground from time to time to help us change and improve the things that perhaps aren’t working quite right, or that we cannot see or feel ourselves so well when riding.  You don’t have to entertain the groundwork if you really are not that way inclined - although my recommendation will always be to learn and teach your horse the basics as much out of safety as anything else.  It does also improve the results you get when riding too as you start to gain an understanding of how the use and direction of your energy can influence the horse. 


Build your horse’s confidence in you (and you in your horse) and learn practical strategies to help you stay in control of your horses feet, such that you are able to enjoy safer, more pleasurable rides out together.



 
  1. CLINICS / WORKSHOPS / GROUPS / ONE-TO-ONE

Basic groundwork clinics are great as an introduction for those wishing to try an alternative method to check the idea out and see if it might work for them.  Although I have a variety of other titles to run alongside the basic groundwork clinics, to include furthering the groundwork, ridden foundation, and desensitisation clinics.  All clinics are undertaken with your own horses.


Workshops are great for a group of people to get together and work through something specific, such as rope handling skills, long-reining etc.  Workshops are designed to be fun yet informative and full of useful tips and techniques for you to take back to your own horses.  They are usually held using carefully selected horses depending upon what the theme of the workshop is.


Tuition in small groups (2-4) is helpful for those who gain confidence from learning alongside trusted friends.  It also helps to keep the cost of tuition down!  Group tuition is undertaken with your own horses.


One-to-One tuition gives you the opportunity to get to grips with certain areas you may be having trouble with.  It is much more intensive than working within a group but an awful lot can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.  Some people find that they get very self conscious in a group environment and do not work at their best - one-to-one tuition removes that hurdle and can help you to focus better without that kind of pressure.  One to one tuition is undertaken with your own horse.


If you would like to organise a Clinic or Workshop in your area then please contact me on 07769 536343 or email viki@beau-cheval.com






COSTS:


With regard to costs, please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.  I set out on this journey to help horses and their owners understand each other so their lives are balanced in an ever changing world.  Having grown up seeing so many horses in fields being neglected, confined to stables, being chastised through the humans lack of understanding / ignorance, shown agression for they didn’t clear the jump and crowds applauding the clear round in the arena whilst the horse carrys so much discomfort and stress, I wanted to make a change and help people to realise that if you take the time to understand your horse the results will follow and you will never look back. 


Having a natural ability along with the years of dedication into finding the way with horses, I wanted to bring this approach and balance to all, irrespective of location and financial position I thus keep my costs as low as possible to accommodate all.  This in no way means you have a lesser service it is purely the fact that I have chosen this approach to enable me to reach as many horses and their owners in my lifetime and make a change for future generations in equine understanding.






 
  1. PHYSICAL REHABILITATION / REBALANCING FOLLOWING ILLNESS OR INJURY

I am becoming increasingly involved in working with horses that have suffered with illness or injury - not least because of the nature of the work I am called in to do.  The majority of behavioural problems I am called in for are either related to pain of some kind in the horse or a break down in communication between horse and handler. 


Bringing horses back into work following debilitation is a careful process and one which requires a lot of patience and understanding.  The programme of work is specific to each horse depending upon the reasons for his period of rest, but it very often involves an initial programme of longreining.  I find longreining a  brilliant way to help horses back into a working life as it helps the horse to work correctly but without worrying about the change of balance and, thus, extra physical stresses and strains that a rider brings into the equation.  Longreining gives the horse time to work through things in his body and get the right muscles working properly again and, as such, I have developed (and continue to develop) many techniques that help the horse find out where and how he needs to be again.


Once back in the saddle I like to ride rehabilitating horses myself where possible (especially following back and neck injuries) as I can help them to let go of a lot of tension, bring softness into the ribs and encourage lift through the back and withers using many different exercises and techniques.  Once things are moving well in the right direction then I will work with the rider to help them continue the work I have begun.


Throughout the whole process I continually assess where the horse is at and make recommendations as to continued treatment, timing of treatments and, of course, I collaborate with the vet involved where necessary to ensure the best interests of the horse at all times.


Physical Rehabilitation can be a long road but I find it a very rewarding one.



 

SERVICES INCLUDE:


  1. Groundwork / Communication / Partnership Development

  2. General Handling Issues

  3. Loading Difficulties

  4. Desensitisation Techniques

  5. Confidence Building for Horse & Human

  6. Foal / Youngstock Handling & Development

  7. Development

  8. Physical Rehabilitation / Rebalancing following Illness or Injury

  9. Promoting Softness & Suppleness / Enhancing Performance

  10. Tuition using Western & Classical Riding Techniques

  11. Clinics / Workshops / Groups / One-to-One

  12. RDA Group Consultation & Assistance

  13. Holiday Livery


Contact me now to discuss your individual requirements - 07769 536343 | viki@beau-cheval.com

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HOLIDAY LIVERY:


We all need a holiday from time to time, but what happens to your horse whilst you’re away?  Why not consider sending your horse to me during your holiday, or at any time when you are unable to look after your horse yourself, where I can offer a service tailored to your needs.  I will look after your horse whilst you and your family enjoy your well earned break, knowing that your horse is well cared for and enjoying his or her holiday too!  For short breaks your horse will live out and have his own paddock but will be able to see and interact with my own well settled herd.  For longer breaks it may be possible for your horse to be introduced into the herd if you would prefer.  During your horse’s stay he can either have a rest himself or I can work with him in whatever capacity you choose - ground work, Schooling, hacking out, etc.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss your individual requirements.