Trailer Loading Roadmap for Success
I'll show you the essential steps to tick off for safe, stress-free, and relaxed trailer loading.
✅ Your horse trusts you, looks to you for guidance, and feels comfortable, safe, and secure in your presence. You have a harmonious connection.
✅ Your horse responds lightly and willingly to your aids and cues on the ground and when riding.
✅ You can take your horse anywhere, and they don't pull, push, or call out to their friends. They are confident and calm in themselves and with you!
✅ Your horse greets you at the gate, and they are actually happy to see you and want to spend time with you.
✅ Your horse is confident and completely relaxed with you, the environment, equipment, and the tasks you do together. And even when they're not, you know what to do to help them refocus and relax!
✅ Your horse understands your personal space.
✅ Your horse is able to focus on you, even when there are distractions.
✅ You can ride your horse calmly on a loose rein, and you are moving in harmony together.
✅ You have a super, fun, relaxed, and willing partnership where you both enjoy your time together on the ground and while riding!
✅ You can go to the beach, forest, riding club, and competitions, both feeling calm, connected, and confident!
✅ You are finally enjoying your horse in the way you always wanted, and your horse is enjoying it too.
Horsemanship Fundamentals Academy will help you achieve all this and more!
I’ve noticed a big difference between those who succeed with their horse in a way where they are both happy and thriving…
and those who constantly struggle and seem to always be having issues with their horse…
Every horse training method relies on this one thing…
Every person you see doing something fancy with their horse has nailed it…
Every time you see a horse and rider together and you think ‘I want what they have!’...
They’ve all got one thing in common…
They’ve nailed the *fundamentals*
I know, I know, it’s not exciting…
Because you might think you’re past the fundamentals…(I initially thought that too)
HINT- I’m not talking about basics like learning your trot diagonal or picking out your horses feet…it’s much deeper than that…
Until you understand that the advanced things are just the fundamentals done to a high quality, you probably won’t succeed..
Those that do succeed with their horse,
The ones who never seem to have major problems with their horse,
Who can confidently ride at home and in new environments,
And who have a healthy harmonious relationship with their horse…
They have *nailed* the fundamentals of training horses!
Those that don’t succeed…
they don’t even know what the fundamentals are…
and as a result, they always feel a bit frustrated, stuck, lost, or confused with their training,
not knowing exactly how to help their horse, worried that they’ll mess things up or do the wrong thing and constantly doubt their confidence and ability - thinking maybe this horse is not right for them. They may have even felt like giving up…
So what are the fundamentals?
In a nutshell, the fundamentals of horsemanship boil down to three essential ingredients:
CONNECTION - the bond & relationship you have with your horse
CONFIDENCE - your horse’s ability to cope and relax in new situations or with new objects.
COMMUNICATION - your ability to effectively communicate to your horse what you’d like them to do, AND your ability to read their subtle communication also!
When you think about it...if you and your horse were truly solid in all the above qualities...nothing could stop you from achieving your horse goals and dreams!
Each fundamental is equally important, and without one, the others suffer also.
And usually, the problems start to appear with your horse when one or more of your fundamentals are lacking or out of balance.
And when you have these problems with your horse it might leave you:
Doubting yourself and your ability
Unconfident with riding but sometimes even on the ground
Annoyed and frustrated- maybe even at your horse, which makes you feel bad after
Unsure on how to train them the ‘right’ way
Maybe you feel like you can't trust your horse…and they don’t trust you
You may feel defeated and like your relationship with your horse is falling apart
Even though you just want the best for your horse and you want things to change, you just don’t know how or where to start…
But how do you build these fundamentals with your horse??
That’s where Horsemanship Fundamentals Academy comes in!
Once you implement the fundamentals of horsemanship, everything will change for the better!
Not only have I implemented these fundamentals with my own horses,
I’ve taught people in person and online how to really know, understand and implement these fundamentals with their own horses successfully, where they are now achieving their more advanced horse goals.
But to begin with, they were making the mistake of trying to do the fancy stuff first...
but once they went back to the fundamentals they realised what they were missing and doing wrong.
There’s one thing separating you between where you are now, and where you want to be…
And it’s how you’re doing these fundamentals.
And I promise, when you get these fundamentals under your belt, the road to your horse goals will be much more clear, and the time spent with your horse will be way more enjoyable and rewarding for the both of you!
And that is why I made Horsemanship Fundamentals Academy.
Take what you learn in HFA and run with it!
Your life with horses will be changed forever.
I hope to see you inside HFA!
JOIN ME AND OTHER LIKE-MINDED HORSE LOVERS INSIDE:
It does this by teaching you the overarching mindset & philosophy and the fundamental communication (through groundwork and riding tasks) to help you and your horse to start to understand each other, build trust & relaxation, and communicate in a way that prioritises partnership. It lays the foundation for everything you could want to do in the future with your horse, no matter your discipline.
(*if HFA ever closes you get the option to download all the videos so you get to keep the content forever 😃)
Each module you will have videos to watch and tasks to complete, each task a stepping stone to building the horsemanship fundamentals you need to get that deeper level of connection & communication.
Before HFA I was struggling to structure my sessions, lacking confidence which in turn was a lack of clear and consistent communication. Missing breaking things down to much smaller steps than I was trying to achieve. I knew there were small holes in my training but I couldn't/ was too scared to work out where they were. I wasn't clear on what support to offer my horse, so I would avoid any situations that could potentially have him over the threshold.
I had a highly 'sensitive' / 'reactive' horse - the thought of rubbing a plastic bag over him would make me want to run and hide, but we were able to achieve this in 1 session using Amalia’s methods.
Now I feel more confident, clear, positive, excited for challenges and motivated. Our connection has grown so much. It feels like a real partnership, like we are speaking the same language. He has become much more confident in himself and in me.
I love the emphasis on being an advocate for the horses and their perspective and overall happiness. Without this, we couldn't have a light and willing partnership with our horse. Amalia gives you the tools and knowledge to be able to have that really special connection and relationship with your horse.
If you’re thinking about joining HFA, absolutely do it! There will be something to take away from it regardless of where you are at.
In order for us to be successful with horses we need to really understand them as a species, understand important training concepts & theories, understand what motivates them, adopt the right mindset that allows us to make continual progress, and have an energy about us that makes horses want to be with us!
The way you do everything matters to horses. They are always learning. So the way you do the little everyday things makes a HUGE difference to your horse’s overall impression of you. In particular the way you catch, lead, tie, and feed your horse can either make or break your training session & relationship. Often, in a lesson situation with me, the 'problems' don't show up because we set things up positively, right from the start.
Horses are naturally sceptical and afraid of things- it’s what has kept them alive as a species for so long. It is our responsibility to help them go from fearful, to curious, to confident with us, our tools, their equipment, and their environment. I use a variety of techniques to help horses build confidence & relaxation (each horse might need something different).
Horses need to understand how to move away from light touch (light pressure) in order to be ridden under saddle successfully. After all, we want them to respond lightly and happily in response to our rein and seat/leg aids. This starts by teaching them how to move from light touch cues on the ground.
Helping our horses understand our body language helps them feel safe around us as they know they can read us and rely on our cues for direction. It also allows us to be able to communicate to our horses at a distance which is handy for liberty and circling work.
Circling your horse around you is a practical task for a variety of purposes- exercising your horse, teaching them to navigate obstacles, jumps etc., building to patterns, and teaching them things like transitions and stretching. It's an essential, functional task however it can cause confusion and frustration in the horse (and human!) if the right preparation and ingredients are not in place.
There are things I like to tick off before I even think about swinging a leg over. I want to make sure my horse is totally relaxed AND responsive. I also help my horses with the saddling, bridling, and mounting process so it becomes something they look forward to.
There are fundamental basic body control aids that I teach horses as a foundation to build everything else from. Without these basic aids, nothing else works well. It’s essential that the horse has clarity over these things before moving on to more advanced purposes like dressage, jumping, and even trail riding.
I'm trying really hard not to turn this into a big long essay. I could go on for hours and hours about all the ways HFA has helped me become a better horsewoman 😂
Before I started HFA I was struggling with lots of little quirks Luna had and I was finding it hard to find a way to fix these problems. Any advice I got was generally along the lines of "showing her who's boss" and that just didn't sit with me very well. She's a very gentle mare and is pretty docile so I always felt I was just missing something with her. I have always loved the idea of natural horsemanship but never really found a way into it until now.
I loved my time HFA for the unlimited support, motivation and inspiration Amalia gives throughout. She also sets up a wonderful space for all the students to share their progress and generally have good horsey chit chats. I found the coaching calls and been able to ask any horsey question even if it wasn't HFA related so helpful because random issues and questions were always popping up week to week.
Without meaning to sound too wishy washy :P the biggest win for me has been how much my relationship with Luna has grown. Where before she'd kick out and nip me for touching on her girth or belly she now lets me give her a good scratch and she will pick all for feet up now from light touch when before she'd be kicking out quite aggressively. These issues were specific to me but by working through the modules in HFA my problem solving skills improved dramatically and all those smaller issues just started to fade away. There are so many things I'm looking forward to achieving in the future but what I'm really excited about having finished HFA is that everything now feels so achievable and I know how I'm going to reach these goals.
So to anyone considering joining HFA DO IT! It is the perfect gateway into natural horsemanship and no matter what your horse experience is, it's a totally new journey. I've been around horses 24 years and I never once felt like I was been told something I already knew. There is so much to gain from this course so absolutely go for it. I also want to add I live in Ireland and Amalia is teaching from Australia and it never felt like we were on opposite sides of the world 😂. Amalia is a fantastic coach and a mine of information. My only wish is that I could keep on doing more coaching with her.
I'll show you the essential steps to tick off for safe, stress-free, and relaxed trailer loading.
Your horse's first outing can make or break their confidence in new environemnts. I share with you the steps on how to safely & successfully navigate your horse's first outing so they can have a positive first experience!
Ever wondered what to actually do within a session? Stuck on ideas of what to do and how to progress it? I share with you the formula I use with my horses to structure a session for success.
I'll show you how I "taught" my horses to lay down after riding so you can share special moments with them in total relaxation and bliss (these are some of my favourite moments with my horses!)
Ok, so it's not very functional but it makes for darn good selfies! And also I can make anyone laugh when I show them my smiling horses!! This is something you can teach most horses how to do in 1 day only!
It can be really frustrating when your horse constantly snatches at grass when you're just trying to get from point A to point B. In this bonus "grazing game" I teach you how to keep your horse connected to you without having to constantly tug on the leadrope! Yes, even around the most yummiest grass!
If for whatever reason, you join the Academy and after the completion of the second module you're not happy, please get in touch with me and hopefully, we can sort it out.
If not, I will provide you a refund- I want you to be happy and I KNOW you'll get results in this course if you put the work in!
I asked some of my HFA students what they would say to someone thinking about joining HFA...
They too were once in your shoes, wondering if HFA was a right fit for them...
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