“An apprenticeship of feel.”
I am fascinated with balance and asymmetry. Inspired by the works of the great Masters of the past and the present, I apply their methods and principles to myself, my horses and my students and their horses. Listening to my horses and observing my students and their horses, I am always looking for feedback, searching for ways to improve knowledge and understanding.
For me, work on the ground, riding and teaching is a continual learning process. I am a forever student and researcher of the art.
As a student of Sylvia Loch, I began my own apprenticeship of feel, a path I had been searching for on my riding journey. With Sylvia’s guidance through her books and teachings on her own stallion Prazer, my own body awareness and balance improved greatly for the benefit of both my horses and myself. It is for this reason I am inspired to help others on their own journey in their own apprenticeship of feel. I also aspire to keep the works of the great Masters alive, just as they came to life for me. I am also Sylvia’s only Accredited Weight Aids Instructor.
Amigo - free walk
Work In Hand
The lower leg
Freckles - Lungeing demonstration
Claire and Marco
Anna and Beauty
Groundwork, Lungeing and Work In Hand
Relaxation is the essence of training. Without relaxation we have a horse that is working with tension. Through work on the ground we can help to establish relaxation, improving balance and suppleness in preparation for the rider. This can be applied to a young horse beginning their education or an older horse needing rehabilitation. I like to think everything you expect in the saddle, should also be expected on the ground too. Lungeing is an art in itself and should be considered more than just ‘letting off steam’. Whilst lungeing, we are able to access the whole horse, to begin to develop relaxation, suppleness, rhythm and balance in preparation for further work. Work in hand is effective in furthering gymnastic development through basic school movements and lateral work, helping the horse to better understand the aids as well as the various movements while maintaining relaxation. It can also help the rider/trainer feel any stiffness and tension that may be present in the horse’s body and to understand why their horse is struggling with a particular movement that they may not be able to work through under saddle.
Groundwork, lungeing and work in hand is beneficial to any horse, whether they are only just beginning their education, are progressing with their education or for a horse who needs rehabilitation after injury or to restart their education. This is an essential part of the horse’s education and should be done with care, not overlooked.
Classical Riding Lessons on your own horse
Relaxation is key. Once the horse is relaxed, we are in a better position to gymnastically develop the correct muscle groups, to establish rhythm and improve the horse’s balance for the weight of the rider. For the horse, I like to ensure that the basics are instilled as the training progresses. I aim for a horse that enjoys his work, is supple, light in hand and works from the hindquarters. There is no place for force when training the horse, only time and patience.
Working with various exercises I aim to help develop and improve the rider’s balance, suppleness and overall position in the saddle. This in turn will improve their aids and overall relationship with their horse, producing harmony between horse and rider. I also aim to further the student’s knowledge of the how’s and why’s. Classical dressage has been tried and tested for thousands of years, confirming that it is the ideal way to work with your horse, without force but with love and understanding.
There is nothing more rewarding then watching a relationship between horse and rider grow as they start to work together in a partnership and in harmony.
Sylvia Loch’s Balance and Bodywork Workshops
This is an unmounted workshop enabling riders to focus on themselves, improve their posture, position and suppleness all the time developing awareness of your own body and how we naturally balance on the ground.
I am able to offer private or group Weight Aids workshops. For more information, click the link below.
I am willing to travel. I am based in the Northwest (Lancashire/Greater Manchester) and currently have students in Lancashire, Derbyshire, Cheshire, West Yorkshire and the Wirral. Alternatively, you are able to hire the arena where my horse’s are based. This is a large outdoor school with mirrors.
If you are interested in lessons, please feel free to contact me via the link below.