A massive thank you to everyone who turned out to see Ben Hart on Friday night – despite the terrible weather.
Ben, using some of the Sanctuary’s horses and ponies, demonstrated his training techniques to help owners deal with their own animal’s fears and foibles.
He said: “It was a great night and it was lovely to see so many people braving the terrible weather.
“Places like the Mare & Foal Sanctuary provide a real service for local horse owners and I’m sure I’ll be back.”
More than 60 people turned out to see Ben – who 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. He worked with Sanctuary ponies Quest, Tremain, Storm and Yori, who really seemed to enjoy the attention.
His approach, using positive reinforcement, is based on the principles of honesty, responsibility and common sense, inspiring behaviour change, both during training and for years afterwards.
Ben said equine problems are similar the world over, needing structured, positive training, a bit of effort and a few weeks to get things back on track.
And he always takes into account the unique mix of owner, equine and environment.
Jayne Brown, who travelled from Plymouth, said: “I’ve been looking forward to this for ages. Ben has such a great reputation and I’m sure he’s going to be able to help everyone here.”
The Sanctuary is planning many more events over the coming year, following improvement works to the Coombe Park Visitor Centre’s giant indoor arena.
A new surface, plush seating and heating will be installed over the winter, with a special clinic with Olympic eventing hopeful Emily King on November 16th.
For tickets to see Emily visit: https://bit.ly/2Cgere4