On The Yard: Horse and Rider Training

Based out of Risebridge Farm in Kent, Jason Webb and his team offer a range of training services for horse and rider. These include starting young horses, helping with issues such as loading and undesirable behaviours, as well as camps and clinics where you and your horse can learn and progress together. Scroll down to read about all our services, or follow the links to jump right to the service you need. To book training or to find out more, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

“I am delighted with the way Jason starts my homebred youngsters, and he has also helped me with working through problems with my older horses, too” - Laura Tomlinson MBE (nee Bechtolsheimer, Olympic Dressage Gold and Bronze Medallist)

With a reputation built through word of mouth, Jason is now a highly sought after horse trainer amongst international riders and studs. From eventing, dressage, showjumping, polo, racing, showing and western disciplines, as well as recreational riders desiring a safe, confident and responsive riding horse, Jason’s skill, patience and deep understanding of horse behaviour has earned him the reputation of one of the UK’s most sought after horse trainers. Jason’s techniques and programs for horse training complement his horsemanship clinics and his online training program, Your Horsemanship, allowing clients to continue to develop their partnership with their horse whatever their aspirations and chosen equestrian disciplines.

From your first enquiry we will do our utmost to put you at ease and provide a top class, personalised service. From the moment of arrival, your horse will be in skilled hands and receive top class care and “TLC”! We work closely with owners and riders, offering regular updates and viewing sessions throughout your horse’s stay, and handover lessons at the end of your horse’s training are seen as instrumental to the partnership’s future success.

Horse Training Services

  • Horse Starting (or breaking in, colt starting)
  • Retraining horses with behavioural and ridden problems (mild to severe)
  • Loading
  • Foundation and Groundwork training (including foal and stallion handling and liberty training), Schooling, Rehabilitation and Fitness

Rider Training Services

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Horse Training

Jason’s techniques for horse training complement his clinics and his online training program, Your Horsemanship, allowing clients to continue to develop their partnership with their horse, whatever their aspirations and chosen equestrian disciplines.

Horse Starting

With over twenty five years experience and having started over 1500 horses, Jason’s main love is starting young horses and ponies and giving them the best start to their ridden careers. Much in demand by studs, professional (including Olympians) and amateur riders alike, Jason provides exceptional results in a short space of time.

Jason’s process for starting young horses (or breaking in) has evolved over the many years that he has worked with horses, and is based on methods from his Australian upbringing. Sessions of groundwork are seen as the preparation to ensure a smooth transition to the horse’s ridden work. The first rides are undertaken in the safe environment of a round pen before being taken into the arena where “forward” and “direction” are key. Once the horse is settled and confident, longer rides alone and in company around the farm, woodlands and lanes become the next stage of the process. After four weeks, he highly recommends a break of at least two weeks, to allow the horse to process the learning and refresh him for the consolidation and hand-over phase of the starting, or horse breaking in process.

By the end of the six weeks Jason, and his excellent assistant trainer, Hamish Gillanders, aim to produce horses that are safe and confident with the foundations in place for a successful ridden career in any given discipline, and that:

  • Are quiet and well mannered to handle, tie up, lead, load
  • Stand still to mount and unmount
  • Walk, trot, canter in the arena looking to develop suppleness, balance and rhythm
  • Hack alone and in company in open fields, woodlands and lanes (with traffic)
  • Canter through open fields
  • Open and close gates
  • Jump small natural obstacles and show jumps
  • Are desensitised to various objects being carried by the rider

Horse 'Breaking' vs 'Starting'

Whichever term you use, be it starting, colt starting, breaking in or horse breaking, Jason’s horse training program allows each horse to be treated as an individual at the same time as ensuring horse and rider have the best possible chance of success in their chosen discipline. Jason uses the term “starting horses” as he feels this is the best way to describe how he works with the horse and his natural behaviours in order to teach him acceptance of a rider.

If you have any questions about how we can help you and your horse, please Contact Us

Behavioural and ridden problems

“I view it like this; the horse has created a strong, instinctive pathway in his mind that keeps him safe whenever he feels threatened. As a trainer, I need to develop a new neurological pathway that also keeps him safe but becomes stronger than the old one.” - Jason Webb

Retraining horses with behavioural and ridden problems (mild to severe)

Jason has a remarkable ability to re-educate the most dangerous or unhandled horses and regularly receives referrals of from vets, farriers, training yards, instructors and professional riders including Olympians of horses with severe behaviour problems. He is often seen as a ‘last chance’ for horses that are destined for euthanasia but is also used extensively for horses with milder issues that impact on their rider’s enjoyment or competition success. The horse behaviour problems and ridden problems we handle is ever expanding but include; Aggression, Leading, Loading, Foot handling, Mounting, Napping, Rearing, Bucking, Bolting, Spooking, Refusals, General Manners, Traffic Shy, Excitability at Competitions, Kicking, Control Issues, Catching, Tying-up

We provide the following services for horses with Horse Behaviour or ridden problems:

  • Retraining at Risebridge Farm; the duration of your horse’s stay will depend on the nature and severity of the issue.
  • A consultation where Jason can give advice and recommendations.
  • Private lessons at your place or ours.
  • Loading training

Over the years, Jason has developed some unique solutions to various horse behaviour problems that have been tried and tested to ‘reprogram’ the horse’s reactions to certain situations. He always starts with his groundwork program, gaining respect and control of the horse on the ground and laying the foundations for work under saddle. Once the horse has been retrained, Jason firmly believes that it is equally important to educate and equip the handler and rider with the relevant knowledge and skills, which is why he has developed Your Horsemanship to allow them to continue to progress with their horses at home.

If you have any questions about how we can help you and your horse, please Contact Us

We firmly believe in ‘honesty is the best policy’ and if we don’t feel that horse and rider are suited, or if the horse is going to be too dangerous, we will advise accordingly. We are able to provide references and testimonials from clients with horses that have similar problems to yours so you can rest assured that your horse in the right hands.

From ‘virtually unrideable’ to an ‘absolute pleasure – Lindt and Bear – two of our many success stories!

Lindt

Lindt is a beautifully bred dressage horse who had started his competitive career before becoming “virtually unrideable and dangerous” at a professional dressage yard, bucking, rearing and rushing whenever he got worried. After six months out of work, Jason was seen as his last chance.

Jason explains, “Lindt was a highly sensitive horse – very claustrophobic and he couldn’t deal with pressure well, which led to him displaying horse behaviours such as rearing, bucking and bolting. I spent a lot of time desensitising him and getting him to work without bit contact. Once he had softened and relaxed into his work, I was able to ask him to accept light contact and getting him to deal with pressure situations in a calm and controlled manner”. After an eight week stay, Lindt’s owner and trainer were able to come and ride him and take him home, confident that they would be able to continue his dressage training. We are delighted to hear that Lindt is back competing successfully in Affiliated Dressage, qualifying for the Regional Championships and making his debut in Prix St. Georges!

Katie Jaye-Lipton, Lindt’s owner explains “We were really losing all hope and cannot thank Jason and his staff more for giving us our horse back. I never, in a million years thought we would make it through and get to this point with him. I have been recommending Jason to everyone with “problem” horses! The transformation in Lindt is amazing, he continues to progress in leaps and bounds and we are very excited about his future!”

Bear

Bear was rescued by his owner, Vicky, but struggled to gain his trust. Becoming increasingly dangerous to handle and ride, she decided to send him to us.

Jason explains, “Bear was one of the worst cases of bolting I had come across and I honestly didn’t know whether he could be safely retrained. Most horses with habits such as bolting and rearing are fine as long as you don’t put pressure on them but if the problem is not nipped in the bud, it will escalate to the point when they bolt or rear whenever they feel the slightest pressure. Bear had got to this stage and he had become very dangerous to ride and increasingly difficult to handle on the ground.

Unless you go to the root of the problem with horses like Bear, you will never truly solve the problem, but this can sometimes be quite tough. I view it like this; the horse has created a strong, instinctive pathway in his mind that keeps him safe whenever he feels threatened. As a trainer, I need to develop a new pathway that also keeps him safe but becomes stronger than the old one.”

The transformation in Bear has been incredible. Vicky regularly participates in Jason’s clinics and is now able to compete in local showing, jumping and cross country events. Bear is now a pleasure to be around and Vicky’s children are even enjoying the odd ride on him too!

Loading

Having a horse that is difficult to load is a very common and frustrating problem! Jason regularly travels out to those having these problems and over the years has solved a wide range of loading and travelling issues. He has a 100% success rate in loading horses, and only considers the job well done when the handler is confident in their ability to load their horse, and their horse’s acceptance of being loaded.

loading a difficult horse

Jason’s loading techniques focus on developing a strong “forward” cue and never forcing a horse onto a trailer or horsebox. The preliminary loading training work is done on the ground away from the vehicle and the horse will only be presented to the ramp once he fully understands the forward cue and reacts to it quickly and with no resistance.

However, Jason cures many other problems associated with travelling other than refusal to load, ranging from being “bad travellers”, scrambling, refusal or rushing to unload, and retraining those that have had trauma’s through accidents or travelling experiences. Although the reasons behind each loading problem may vary, as trainers and handlers of our horses, we have to recognize that horses are naturally claustrophobic animals and those that have severe problems often need longer rehabilitation training in order for them to be comfortable in the horsebox or trailer.

loading a problem horse

Please also look at the loading section in the Your Horsemanship online training programme. Joining Your Horsemanship will enable you to gain access to hundreds of online lessons on all aspects of horsemanship, including how to tackle loading issues.

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Racehorses – Starting, Pre-Training, Retraining

With his father operating a small scale Thoroughbred breeding operation in Australia, Jason learnt the art of starting and pre-training racehorses from an early age, as well as retraining the not-so-quick ones!

Starting and Pre-Training

"We first used Jason Webb to start a very tricky youngster; I can highly recommended for working with young racehorses." -Jim Boyle Racing

race horses

Jason handles and starts racehorses in a similar way to other horses, whilst acknowledging the differences in the way they will be ridden and managed in their racing career. With the combination of Jason’s methods and the excellent facilities and care, Jason not only produces horses that are ready to go into training, but even colts and the trickiest of youngsters turn out easy to handle, and to retrain, should their career in racing fail.

Retraining

With little money to spend on ‘made’ horses, Jason’s teenage years were spent retraining their homebred racehorses for showjumping, eventing, polo, polocrosse, campdrafting and working horses, with some even going on to win major accolades. Here in the UK, he has found there is a great demand for retraining racehorses and even though not all of them will go on to compete at a high level, Jason believes they all deserve a second career and that with the right rider can go on to lead useful lives.

Working with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)

"Jason has a wealth of knowledge that he departs in a calm and understandable manner. He can offer people the tools to make riding and handling their horse an enjoyable experience and this helps to build/restore confidence. Even if you are very experienced Jason has tips and insight to offer" -Pippa Boyle, ROR South East

jason with horse at event

Jason regularly holds clinics and demonstrations for Retraining of Racehorses, conducting demonstrations and clinics for the organization throughout the South East. Retraining of Racehorses is British Horseracing’s official charity for the welfare of horses that have retired from racing.

"Jason has a wealth of knowledge that he departs in a calm and understandable manner. He can offer people the tools to make riding and handling their horse an enjoyable experience and this helps to build/restore confidence. Even if you are very experienced Jason has tips and insight to offer" - Pippa Boyle, ROR South East

Training Better Horse Riders

Jason has found himself increasingly sought after as a teacher and has developed a range of rider training clinics, courses and camps to provide individual learning options within a group environment, as well as offering private lessons and consultations for riders of all levels.

Jason’s skill and patience with horses translates into his communication with horse riders and handlers of all levels and abilities to give them the tools and understanding to develop successful partnerships with their horses. His private lessons, clinics and camps conducted at “On the Yard” and “On the Road” complement his online training program, Your Horsemanship, which enables riders and handlers to continue their progress at home.

Clinics

Jason conducts a range of horsemanship clinics that are closely linked to his online horse training program, Your Horsemanship, allowing participants to continue their progress at home.

round pen crowd

All of the horsemanship training clinics aim to give participants:

  • The foundations to enable you to achieve your aspirations in your given equestrian discipline
  • Confidence and control on the ground and when ridden
  • A balanced and respectful relationship between you and your horse
  • Practical solutions to common problems
  • An understanding of how horses and humans interact successfully
  • Progression in a ‘building block’ training pathway that can be continued through the Your Horsemanship online training program

We currently offer the following “Your Horsemanship Clinics” on a monthly basis at Risebridge Farm, and at various venues across the country. We are happy to discuss holding clinics at your yard, too. Clinics include the Trust and Respect Groundwork Clinic, the Ridden Confidence Clinic, Jason's 1-1 Surgery, the Youth Clinic, and Your Horsemanship Members' Clinic. Please note Premium members of Your Horsemanship also receive great discounts on all clinics.

See our events page for more information, dates and booking details, or contact us directly

Trust and Respect Groundwork Clinic

horse draped in tarp

£45pp, 1.5 hour group lesson (maximum five horses). This horsemanship clinic is designed to help owners with nervous horses or those who have difficulties with gaining their horse’s respect.

Ridden Confidence Clinic

£45pp, 1.5 hour group lesson (maximum five horses). This training clinic is designed to give confidence to both horse and rider and to give the tools to the rider in order to control their horse in all situations and environments.

The Afternoon Surgery

£65pp private lesson with Jason Webb covering any groundwork or ridden areas (normal private lesson price £80) Please note if you are a Your Horsemanship Premium Member you will get at £10 discount.

jason instructing rider

You may also be interested in checking out our other learning options of Your Horsemanship Foundation Courses and Your Horsemanship Camps. Jason can tailor all of his horsemanship clinics, rider courses, horse camps and horse training demonstrations to off-site venues including private yards, livery yards, Riding Clubs, Pony Clubs, Colleges and Equestrian Centres. Jason is available for a half day for £250 + travel (40p/mile) or a full day for £500 + travel (40p/mile).

If you have any questions about our training clinics, please contact us.

Camps

Our two and three day Your Horsemanship Camps have proved highly popular with participants learning horse training techniques from the Your Horsemanship program through a range of groundwork and ridden clinics with Jason Webb, Tom Mitchell and guest coaches. In addition to this, there are a range of fun activities to try, from group hacks round the farm, polocrosse, mounted games and lectures from equine industry experts. With all meals included, and with the yard staff always on hand to help, you can just relax and soak up the expertise and advice on offer at this unique horse camp. The final afternoon give riders a chance to put their learning into practice in a series of “challenges”.

rider groundwork training

Whatever your aspirations and experience, our camps are designed to give confidence to the most nervous of horse or rider, whilst providing challenges to those wanting a break in their usual routine. All of this coupled with spending time with like-minded people in a fun, educational atmosphere and the chance to “talk horses” to Jason and the Team!

Please see our Events calendar (opens a new tab) for dates, details and booking.

Starting Course

This is the perfect solution for those who wants to be involved in starting their young horse under saddle, or to learn how to break a horse in, but perhaps lack the skills, knowledge or facilities to undertake this vital stage in their horse’s training on their own. You are not expected to do the first ride however you can be part of all the work leading up to it and have a hands on approach to your horses starting! You can pick and chose what you would like to do with your horse as participants are able to undertake or watch each stage of the process, using specialist equipment and facilities safe in the knowledge that Jason and the team are on hand to give your horse the best start to their ridden career. To accompany this course Jason strongly recommends you join his Your Horsemanship online programme so that you have support leading up to and after your course. jason teaching a rider This horse starting course is highly individual and the dates, duration and timings can be arranged as required. We welcome individuals or pairs to take the course and we are happy to arrange local accommodation for those living further away.

If you have any questions about how we can help you get your horse off on the best hoof possible, please find our contact detail here, or simply use the form below:

Private Lessons and Consultations

Jason and his associates are available for private lessons and consultations on any aspect of horse or rider training, starting, and behavioural issues. Please contact Your Horsemanship to see how we can help you.

Jason has also developed his online training website Your Horsemanship where you can access horsemanship training in both ground and ridden work as well as overcoming problems, see: Your Horsemanship Online.

Additional Information

If you'd like to know more about Your Horsemanship, Jason Webb, our facilities at Risebridge, and the team behind it, please have a look at these other pages:

You can see all of our upcoming training and demonstration events on our Events Page. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch using the form below.

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