Toby has been with Hannah for 14 years, teaching her many valuable lessons! We bought a lovely pony who within a short time turned into a horse that bucked, bolted, kicked,wouldn’t be tacked up, refused fences, wouldn’t be caught, wouldn’t load, wouldn’t go in a stable…! He started us on the path of alternative methods of keeping, handling and riding horses so we are indebted to him.
He’s now 21 and a super horse, doing every daft thing Hannah teaches him as well as hacking, jumping, dressage and acting as a fabulous lead horse. He’s also moving better than he ever has done, thanks to clicker training, which has sorted his long-term physical problems once and for all!
India is a 5yo warmblood, bred by Charlie Wilson at his natural stud. She’s had a super life from day 1, running with mares, foals and her dad, before coming to Hannah at 18 months. She’s very confident, curious and eager, though with her own opinions too! She’s coming on really well, learning loads with the clicker and being an absolute superstar at all the clicker demos and shows we’ve done!
Murphy was a kids’ pony who was destined for the meat market when he became unrideable through physical and behavioural problems. Luckily he ended up with us and is turning into a super, confident little pony. He too, always rushes to greet us when we go to the field, a bit of a contrast to when he arrived; the first time we approached him in the field with a headcollar he freaked out and ran at a fence, flipping over it. He was incredibly anxious and aggressive, with BIG problems around food. Clicker training and bodywork have brought out the happy, playful, cheeky Murphy and Hannah rebacked him in 2009.
Khal is an arab who had nowhere to go when we took him in. When he arrived he had a very twisted leg and shoulder and was incredibly sore and lame. X-rays revealed that he has a deformed foreleg and is actually missing a navicular bone in his left fore. Though we doubt he’ll ever be rideable, barefoot trimming and bodywork have reverted much of the damage and he is now pasture sound. A very friendly horse, he loves a scratch, and is great on clicker courses!
Copper is a very sorted little pony, who we got from a friend. He was the Christmas present for the children in our extended family and Santa delivered him all covered in tinsel! He is also trained to drive and loves going out in the trap as well as being a superstar on clicker courses.
Freckles is a 4yo quarter horse x appaloosa. He’s very intelligent and playful with lots of character. He loves cuddles, scratches and attention, so is ideal for courses as he thinks it’s a party! He’s not done very much clicker training at all yet, but watch the blog for his progress into a balanced, easy riding horse with the clicker over the next couple of years!