Fully insured for all services we offer.

Richard’s unique skill set and extensive experience means he is able to deal with the most difficult of problems with horses, a combination of therapy, classical ground work and ridden work combined with using the best practitioners in the country results in a holistic approach to training that isn’t found anywhere else.

When a horse arrives for training they will undergo a thorough assessment; this includes looking at teeth, back, assessing saddle fit and construction as well as ground work and ridden assessment. This will take place during the first week and means that Richard can plan out the horses work and allows the owner to track the horse’s progress.

Owner visits and participation in the work is encouraged. Richard finds it advantageous if the horse is ridden, where appropriate, by the owner before they return home to ensure that the work is understood and they are happy and confident moving forward with the horse’s education on their return. He also offers a follow up service (mileage dependant), this can be coaching sessions at home to ensure training is progressing on the right track or meeting you at a show or other locations to coach you on-site. Once you take your horse home we are still available for continued support.

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Backing;

Get the best start for your young horse. With progressive ground work Richard will make it an easy learning experience for your horse to accept the bridle and saddle and the aids before riding him away. Richard does not use round pens, dumb jockey or dummies of any kind. Correct and sympathetic work for the young ones will set you up for success and means you will be less likely to require our rehab work in the future.

Only the finest saddles are used during backing to ensure there is no discomfort for the young horse, these are fitted under the guidance of our saddler who visits the yard regularly.

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Behavioural and Physical Rehabilitation Services

We offer an extensive rehabilitation package that covers both behavioural and physical issues. Problems such as bolting, rearing, broncing and bucking can often have a physical root so we deal with these problems with this in mind, addressing any physical issues and then moving onto retraining using kind, quiet methods.

We also offer a unique service dealing with issues such as Kissing Spine, Sacro-iliac Disease (SI) and Proximal Suspensory Desmopathy (PSD). Our approach helps owners avoid surgery and medication by addressing underlying issues such as foot and mouth balance, incorrect way of going or undiscovered pain to help resolve the problem. We feel this has a more positive, long term outcome over quick fix solutions such as de-nerving or remodelling the spine. We are also happy to deal with post operative horses as retraining and restrengthening is crucial to their long term success, recovery and soundness.

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Whole Horse Assessment Visits

At RG Equestrian we offer an assessment service for owners who are experiencing behavioural issues, physical problems, such as Kissing Spine, Sacroiliac problems, PSD, or have experienced a drop off in performance of their horses. This service is a great way to get a whole picture of what is going on with your horse. Over the years Richard has built up a wealth of knowledge covering all physical and mental aspects of the horse allowing him to give an over view of a horses physical and mental state and how this affecting their behaviour and performance.

Things we look at include:

  • Mouth balance and condition of teeth
  • Foot balance and it’s effect of the body
  • Back and body muscle condition looking for pain and tightness
  • Saddle fit and construction
  • In-hand ground work and lunging to assess paces
  • Ridden assessment if safe and Horse is comfortable

 

Richards training in dentistry, his work with trimmers, farriers and saddlers as well as studying various types of body work and massage techniques means he can asses these aspects before working with your horse.

A typical session would be approx. 1.5 hours long and would start with a head to toe examination of your horse. A basic dental check will be done, this will assess the condition of the teeth and balance of the mouth. This is done without speculum so only the front molars are examined but this is enough to give and overall picture of the mouth. It also gives the opportunity to asses occlusion and check for missed wolf teeth of abnormalities. Then we move on to an assessment of foot balance and condition, we look to see how the trim/shoeing is affecting the angles of the body especially the hinds and how they are affecting the pelvis and back. Next palpitations of the back and body will allow us to find any tension or pain that maybe inhibiting the horses movement, this will be coupled with an examination of the saddle, both for fit of the horse and suitability to the shape of the horse.

Once this has been done and it is deemed safe and comfortable for the horse Richard will go through some basic in-hand ground work and lunging of the horse to check responses to ques and assess the movement and paces. Then, again if appropriate and comfortable for the horse, Richard will asses the horse under saddle, riding the horse for the owner and possibly seeing the horse ridden by the owner.

All this gives Richard a clear picture of the horse and its problems, he will then be able to advise on a plan to help your horse back into health and work.

These assessments can take place at your own yard if suitable facilities are available, a school necessarily needed but a good flat surface that allows work would be, otherwise you are welcome to bring the horse to our yard in Northants.

Cost is dependant on mileage please contact us for further details, discounts for multiple horses at the same location are available

Loading;

This can be the most stressful of times if your horse is not keen. Let Richard load him without bribes, lunge lines, blindfolds or any other unreliable tricks or whips. Then it will be your turn.FB_IMG_1471332756646

 

 

Foals and youngstock;

All the basics from halter breaking and leading lessons to making it easy for the farriers first visit.

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Schooling;

Creating a more responsive ride. Impulsion, rhythm, balance, straightness and collection on the flat and over fence.

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