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“Jason has done exactly as I asked with my stallion, Steal A March, and I love his quiet but effective approach” Lindsay Hartett, Flytesfield Performance Horses
You have given me so much confidence, knowing he has had the best start to his ridden future” Jane Barrett
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With over twenty years of experience, Jason’s main love remains as working with and starting young horses and ponies. Much in demand by studs, professional and amateur riders alike, Jason provides exceptional results in a short space of time. Treating each horse as an individual but working to the same system and ‘checklist’, he starts the potential Grand Prix dressage horse, to the racehorse, to the happy hacker in the same way, ensuring that horse and rider have the best possible chance of success in their chosen discipline.
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Our Programme last 6 weeks with a holiday in the middle, most young horses complete 4 weeks training before going home for a rest or staying with us for a rest (similar to half-term for children!), this gives them a chance to absorb what they have learnt and to recover physically from their first working weeks. Once they resume work after their rest period they complete a further 2 weeks training in which time we complete a lot of the finishes touches which help them become more reliable and solid as a ride. You can choose how long your horse is rested for depending on your timescales, some go home and are turned away all winter and others simply have 2 weeks off.
The photos show the starting process for a stunning Hanovarian dressage colt, Junior.
During these first few rides, we are looking for forward motion and positive responses from the horse to the aids to change direction and to stop.
Before the horse goes home, the owner would ideally have had a few rides on the horse, but at the very least, they must have seen the horse being ridden and be happy with the way he is going.
We recommend that the horse is turned away for a while after he has been ridden at home a few times. It is a very intense time for the horse to cope with and he will deserve a break!
When your horse goes home, you will be given a Horse Training Summary Sheet of your horse on how he has coped with his training and our recommendations for his future training.
And to end this section, we couldn’t resist putting in a photo of our smallest pony in for starting – the wonderful Frankie Frankham!
Frankie was a rescue we found at the side of the road and Jason worked wonders with him, transforming him from a nervous flightly little pony to a wonderful little childs pony. As you can see Jason did all the usual work with him even with his small size! Frankie is now in a loving home being a fantastic pony and best friend. Becky Bosman