Training your horse from the ground up
At Elvingston we set ourselves apart from the crowd by not only offering a fully comprehensive service throughout the breeding process but also pride ourselves on helping owners with their foal’s training throughout its formative years and ridden career. We offer this same support to all the horses we breed and sell; livery clients and outside clients with their own horses who would like to benefit from our logical, progressive training principles. We encourage the horse to be light to the hand and the leg from the beginning. The rider needs constantly to return to the foundations of training, not look for the ‘quick fix’.
I started training with Kim Peters at Bowhill Stables after Freckleton Enchilada came back into work from a tendon injury and I was having real difficulties achieving the standard of work of which I knew he was capable. It was very frustrating for me as his owner and rider, and I had a horse unhappy in his work, everything becoming an effort which I knew for Chilli was completely out of character. I went from trainer to trainer and made no real progress. Within one session with Kim I understood where our problems stemmed from, and was given a simple programme to correct them, increase his strength, suppleness and straightness. Within a matter of months we went from struggling to achieve over 60% in Dressage competitions to winning the Area qualifier in Scotland with 75%, and going on to take second place at the National Championships with over 70%. Most importantly I have a happy horse who really enjoys his work and continues to progress.
I am indebted to Kim’s guidance, experience and endless patience. As a direct result, I start introducing the vocal commands to my youngsters from birth and basic in-hand cues once they start being led. This not only gives them impeccable manners, but instils self-confidence, balance and correct muscle development from the very beginning, giving them the very best foundation in life.
“If you always do what you always did, you‘ll always get what you always got. If you are not happy with what you are getting, you have to change what you are doing.”
Kyra Kyrklund, 6 time Olympic Dressage Rider
Classical methods were considered controversial in the early years when Germanic training philosophies held sway. Now that the current generation of riders have begun to recognise the benefits of training the horse in-hand, this approach is acknowledged as correct and beneficial for the minds and bodies of horses of all shapes, sizes, abilities and breeds.
If you would like to find out more about our training methods or how to get involved with your own horse or an Elvingston horse by taking lessons, sending your horse for schooling or attending a three day clinic, please contact us using the form below.