Centre for Caring Horsemanship
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Welcome to The Centre For Caring Horsemanship Website

As you can see we have a new look that we hope everyone past, present and future will enjoy looking at. We hope you will learn more about us and Caring Horsemanship and what we have to offer you and the horse. We believe what we teach will open you up to a new way of thinking and communicating with the horse, whether you want us to help you find that magical connection, regardless of age and ability, or if you want your horse started, schooled or helped with any behavioural worries or issues that trouble the partnership you have with your horse.

We are here to help and offer you ways to learn about the horse that can make 'horsemanship' a very special experience and in some cases, life changing ones which don't always stop with the horse but can filter out into other areas of your life.



Penny's Autumn thoughts 2014

What a fabulous summer! After all that rain nature has surely repaid its debts for this year, life is so much easier when the sun shines. The barns are full of fodder, the horses have had lots of sun on their backs and plenty to eat, content and happy.

Caring Horsemanship - Robin on the Moor

Personally I have had a great summer, plenty to do as always but I have been able to get out and about a bit too. In june I went to a camp with a difference, cowboy dressage. This was a wonderful weekend, the emphasis was all about being nice to your horse. But we are all nice to our horses I hear you shout! And for the majority I would agree in the world we operate in with our equines we do our best, always striving to do better. Looking after their health and ridden work, the word 'welfare' as this is something we have to consider not just feed, nutrition and living conditions but our horses welfare when we ride them.

I was told in my pony club days that a horse was said to be balanced, when both the weight of the horse and the rider was distributed equally on all four parts, which I took to mean their legs, not pulling their heads off to get the desired outline! I see plenty of nagging of mouths and feet on a daily basis, especially under the heading of 'training' let alone competition preparation. There are however, plenty of people out there now who encourage a much freer style of horsemanship which discourages the very low head carriage and painfully slow gait (western).

Cowboy dressage is a refreshing discipline with variety, wellbeing and fun for the horse. Yet still beautiful and harmonious and achievable! After all we want our horses to be around for a long time, to develop the bond and trust with us that we all desire, bringing out the best in us and them. Not ruined by hard and thoughtless riding and training just to get a result. I sometimes feel horses are a status symbol, a throw away commodity, so typical of our society, sadly. With the age of technology the pace of life is getting faster and faster this is reflected in the treatment of our animals too, surely they deserve better from us? We take great pains to breed such beautiful creatures so we owe it to them to give them the best time possible on the planet with us. A better consideration for pain free training which hasn't been standardised in a boardroom. When you look at the natural horse and how it moves you can understand why our ancestors wanted to harness that beauty, strength, speed, endurance and companionship to enhance and enrich their lives. I don't think we always value the progress the horse has allowed us to make. For most the horse is leisure and pleasure these days.

In conclusion the 'niceness' is still there in humans and this niceness will always be there in the horse, even when we get it badly wrong with them, they seem to forgive us. I was reminded recently of just how generous and trusting horses can be when I recently purchased a mare from Exeter horse market. She was one of the vanner cob consignment from Oxford. Un broken, vaguely handled and had probably weaned her foal weaned her foal the previous day (judging by the milk she was producing). Her whole world had just changed yet she quietly loaded, never once raising a leg or telling us to back off. Sensitive, inquisitive and trying desperately hard to get everything we asked of her right, so unspoilt, oh and she smelt divine, angelic, that 'wild pony' smell! This experience with this little mare, raw and green but honest and willing may be how are ancestors saw the potential in the horse and to develop the relationships that we have developed. A good reminder for me about why I love horsemanship and so lovely to start work with such a natural and unspoilt horse.

Enjoy your horses!



2013 Winter News Letter

I hope everyone is having a happy new year and I can’t believe we are on the way to 2014!

I hope we will enjoy our horses even more this year and enjoy the challenges ahead. Mine is computer and mobile phone orientation. Jo will be pleased!

I have a new mare which we have had from a foal, and I am looking forward to doing more myself with her but finding the time always seems a problem. I wonder why? Is it because we don’t make the time, or when we get there, like me I have run out of energy. Perhaps my priorities are wrong. To make anything good, time has to be pushed at it. If you want to be the best, you can be, you are worth it! And so is your horse.

I have adopted a little Greek puppy which was abandoned. He is timid and has little awareness that I exist yet. Early days of course and I’m going to have to give him loads of my time to gain his confidence. Fortunately he loves the horses and likes being outside. His mum was shot and he was left in a paper bag with his brother to die. If anyone is interested, the charity is Zante Strays. It is well worth having a look at their site and indeed giving a dog a home. The money goes back into the charity to care for as many dogs as they can.

This year at Caring Horsemanship we will be running our CINCH Club the first Sunday of each month and the dates are posted on our News & Events page, or on our Facebook page. We are also offering a weekend rally working on the ethos of horsemanship and again the dates are posted on facebook.

We look forward to seeing you all and here’s hoping that it stops raining soon!

Love from the team here at Caring Horsemanship.



New information for our customers

Penny and Jo offer an exciting way to progress with your riding and horsemanship through lessons and courses.

Caring horsemanship is growing into a specialist centre for Western riding and horsemanship training, through our own caring horsemanship methods and ethos. And therefore we are progressing into clinics at weekends and day courses. We shall also continue to cover our caring horsemanship work. We will also be offering help to horses with physical difficulties, back problems, stiffness, uneven gait and behavioural worries, with our trusted team of experts always on hand. We continue to start and re- School horses for western and English riding.

As the places are limited and not to disappoint, caring horsemanship now requires all bookings with a 50% deposit (non refundable) or block lessons booked and paid for in advance with 10% discount for four or more. All cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or 50% of that lessons charge will be retained.

We look forward to your visit.


Horses can take you to places that you have never been before!

caring horsemanship

Caring Horsemanship isn't new, it’s a phrase to sum up a unique connection and partnership through feel which leads into other parts of your life, not just when you’re with your horse. It teaches you patience, a listening quality, timing and balance, again not only on your horse and of course out of that comes leadership, confidence and maybe life changing experiences. Things that irritate you become insignificant.

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Centre for Caring Horsemanship
"What we do is only worthwhile if it is done in a spirit of joy and adventure, for ourselves and our horses..."
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling
"We have had the most uplifting, profound and inspiring experience this week, largely thanks to you and your human and equine team mates."
Louise & Fil Hall
"I have been on a magical horse, talking to it in my mind. I was breathing in and out and the horse moved when I wanted it to."
Angela Watson