Horses and ponies have their own individual fears and foibles but we’re hoping international expert Ben Hart can help.
He has gained a reputation all over the world for helping horse owners deal with their troubled equines, from napping to refusing to load, fear of the farrier to bucking and rearing.
And he will be holding a special clinic at 7pm on Friday, October 12th – entitled The Six Keys to a Successful Equine Partnership – at our Coombe Park Visitor Centre near Totnes.
Ben has travelled the globe working with horses, from mustangs and race horses in California, stock horses in Australia and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia.
And his scientific approach is based on the natural principles of honesty, responsibility and common sense, inspiring behaviour change, both during training and for years afterwards.
He said: “The work I do is to provide honest information focused on helping people understand their horses, so that they can make better decisions relating to the equine training methods they choose to use.
“I like to help people follow their own path and reach their own potential rather than just telling people what to do.
“This demonstration will give people the tools they need to actually go home and start helping their equines.”
His bespoke training has seen him work with traumatised animals at the UK’s leading equine charities and he describes his delivery as “unique”.
Ben added: “Favouring positive reinforcement and shaping behaviour wherever possible, I always look for the best solution based on the unique mix of owner, equine and environment.
“I don’t use a single method as my work is based on scientific research. My job is to translate that research into practical applications, to find the right tools for each situation.
“The clinics are practical, fun and designed to educate owners and trainers so they can develop their own skills to transform their relationships with their equines.”