Available from 6 years to adults
Located in Flaxley, 6 minutes from Mount Barker
Equitation Science Schoolmaster, Roy
If you want to see the benefits of training a horse using the principles of Equitation Science consistently for a number of years, come and ride Roy, our beautifully trained schoolmaster.
Haymeron Park Vice Royal - 15.2hh, Warmblood/Morgan (registered Part-bred)
Roy has been trained by fellow ESI practitioner, Nila Latimer. A wonderful, dedicated trainer who has trained Roy to Advanced/Prix St George dressage, competing him from Preliminary through to Advanced dressage. Attending many clinics with Dr Andrew McLean, Roy is proof of the benefits of this systematic training.
Beautiful in all his paces, Roy is ridden safely and obediently in a bitless bridle - he will have you grinning from ear-to-ear. Clients who are using the principles in their own training have said how lovely it is to ride Roy, knowing someday they will have similar responses from their own horses.
Lesson prices below...
Bringing your own horse or pony to us provides you a safe opportunity to expose your horse to new environments. Research shows that it can take on average 5 different exposures before a horse can generalise his/her learning. Lessons taken at your own pace that can be in-hand and/or under-saddle and designed to make coming to new environments a positive experience for you and your horse.
Easy access and exit points (no reversing needed!) of the property, a safe and secure tie up area and washday, plus toilets are all available for you to use. Secure arena and round yard available to work on any goals you have with your horse.
Please note: as of June 2020 we are at full capacity for beginner riders and can only accommodate independent riders or those riders with their own horses.
At Your Place
Let lessons come to you! Lessons in the comfort of your own arena/paddock allows me to see your horse in their comfort zone. Here I can target particular goals or issues and help you and your horse progress. By assessing your horse and their behaviour, I will provide you with a thorough plan that is based on up-to-date evidence-based techniques. It is my goal to make myself redundant as your coach...by giving YOU the tools that you need to build confidence in your own skillset.
Have a look at the 'What to expect...' Page for some info on the format of sessions
Pony Club Certificates
Pony Club Accredited Centre
What this means for you?
Riders can join our program that delivers the Pony Club syllabus using our horses and ponies. You do not have to own your own horse and instead get to move through your Pony Club Certificates with one of ours.
This can give you and/or your child:
- Valuable experience with safe and reliable ponies and horses
- Knowledge of horse care that sets you up to own your own pony/horse
- A syllabus that has proven results for 80 years at progressing riders through their skill level
- New friends and connections
Lessons are run privately or shared (for independent riders).
Contact us to find out more.
Starting a youngster under saddle ("breaking in")
"If the foundation is firm the building can withstand calamities"
B.K.S Iyengar (yoga teacher)
The journey of horse ownership is not always a smooth ride. When you breed or purchase a young horse, you want to know that they have a strong foundation to ensure success for the future, whether that is a trail horse, pony club pony or competition horse.
A horse that has been started using the principles of Equitation Science has been proven to be calm, responsive and successful on their journey. Select the link below to find out more about the 10 Principles of Equitation Science.
Here at ESC, we are fierce advocates for training that encourages positive associations between handler and horse. The horse is progressed through the foundation responses of GO, STOP and TURN step-by-step, without hurry.
The time it takes for each horse will vary. You will always be provided with an honest assessment about the progress at each given stage.
Working with the owner is a priority. You will have the toolkit of the training principles to take home with you and your horse, knowing for sure that you can continue the training.
Follow-up sessions are recommended to keep horses tuned up and progressing successfully.
Prices vary. Youngsters can stay at ESC or I can travel to you daily for regular sessions.
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Developing Your Toolkit
If you are feeling like a problem situation isn't improving or is in fact beginning to escalate, then a re-training program is the answer. Together we can assess the situation and put forward a plan of action to re-train your horse or pony using the simple, but effective, principles of learning theory.
These sessions include a thorough assessment of your horse/pony in relation to the shaping scale, developed by Dr Andrew McLean and Manuela McLean (see 'shaping scale').
A horse audit is carried out and it's suitability to your needs thoroughly addressed. I take safety for both horse and owner as an absolute priority and give honest, factual advice. You will receive a thorough plan with an estimate timeline to take you and your horse on a new and exciting path of their learning.