Skills and Knowledge

Horsemanship Learning

The horse is an intelligent, thinking creature who has feelings, emotions, perceptions, preferences, likes, dislikes, and needs.  We have to get to know this horse first, as well as meet his needs.

 There are some key aspects for getting to know and getting along with horses.  They are:

  • Leadership
  • Partnership
  • Relationship

What do these three things mean and how important are they?

How do we develop an understanding of these three things relating to our/the horse?

  • Prior knowledge.  This can be valuable, or it can work against developing good horsemanship.  It depends on the quality and the 
    appropriateness of that knowledge.
  • Challenging traditions and traditional thoughts.  These days good horsemen and horsewomen do things differently than how things were done in the past.  A traditional, in fact any, practice or technique must stand on its merit and applicability - not because it is 'tradition' or 'just the way it's done'.
  • Reading, trawling the internet, DVDs, and so on.  There is so much information available.  Our challenge is to gather the information, digest it, filter it and use what suits us, the horse and the place our relationship is at.
  • What is a horse?   The horse might have a few wonderful surprises in store for us as we get to know him/her.  This might be the best part of learning 'good horsemanship".
  • Move from a demand or a suggestion?  Which is nicer?  
  • Aggressive vs Assertive
  • Dancing with a horse.  True!  
  • Halter games and using pressure.  Even a thought can be pressure to a sensitive horse.
  • Liberty games. Check this out. 8minutes of an inspiring young woman and her horse.
  • Spider Webs and Soap Bubbles.  Two tools used to develop softness, feel and timing.
  • Visualisation.  See what you would like to happen in your mind  - and it probably will happen.
  • Imagination.  Something good horsepeople have a well developed sense of.
  • Flexibility to alter your plans and goals moment by moment.
  • Expectations.  What are they and are they fair and reasonable?
  • How important is riding?  Many people want to ride a horse.  Many get on a horse's back with very little understanding of or knowledge of the horse, or without having developed a relationship with the horse.  Would you climb on the back of a stranger?  A good partner doesn't ride the other - unless permission is given to the rider.
  • Compromise?  How much will we compromise to get what we want? And how does the horse feel about that?
  • Patting vs stroking, rubbing and scratching
  • Being aware of and managing our Energy
  • Being aware of and controlling our Thoughts
  • Being authentic, congruent and honest
  • Speed is NOT important
  • Acknowledge any fear
  • Be prepared to change
  • Define your goals.  This should be first on the list but once the other things have been considered and come to terms with, maybe we need to re-define our goals?

Good and safe horsemanship starts with getting to know the horse you have chosen or the horse that chooses you.  On the ground is the foundation place of solid, safe and satisfying (for both parties) development.  Often called "groundwork" it is less of work and more of fun.  And lets face it, horses like to have fun; but so often their experience with humans just involves "work".  Time to lighten up a little and have some fun.  Start dancing.  Build the relationship so that both parties are enjoying their time together.


If you would like some guidance or assistance with learning good and safe horsemanship, we would be pleased to help.

If you don't have your own horse but would like to start learing these things, then a member of our herd can assist you on this journey.

What will this cost?

Hourly  One-on-One   $60 per hour

Hourly Groups $40 per hour per person (max of 4 people)

Half Day  One-on-One  Three hours $150 per person

Half Day Groups Three Hours $80 per person (max of 4 people)

Full Day   One-on-One  Two x Three Hour sessions  $280

Full Day Groups  Two x Three Hour sessions $160 per person (max of 4 people)


Travel costs will apply for training at your property.


Contact us to learn more about our Good Horsemanship Program for Humans and Horses.

Glenn and Kelly

Ph: 02 6071 0210


** Please note that rates are subject to change without notice, although ever effort is made to maintain currency on this site


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Address 149 Waterfall Creek Rd   Tallangatta Valley VIC 3701   Australia

Phone (02) 6071 0210   E-mail


Last updated September 8, 2016