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Safety is paramount. I always wear a helmet and heeled boots when riding. I also use gloves for certain activities. I am lucky enough to be sponsored by Champion – check them out, they do great riding hats for every occasion.
Horse Training Equipment
Australian Stock Saddle
I like to start young horses in my own Australian Stock Saddle, for both my, and the horse’s safety. This is also the case when doing my preliminary work with remedial horses. I do sell, and lease, these saddles, as they give great confidence to the more nervous rider. As the horse’s training progresses, I revert back to their own saddles.
Rope halters can be adjusted to fit a wide range of horses and feature knots that stop the horse from leaning on them, unlike a wide, flat webbing or leather head collar. I have my rope halters made from superior grade marine rope that won’t stretch or break and is UV resistant. You can purchase these from the Your Horsemanship Shop here.
I use a variety of lengths of rope from a 12 foot rope for groundwork, a 9 foot rope for general leading and tying and a 20 foot rope for long reining, larger circle lunging and training a horse to tie up.
As with the halters, I have my ropes made from superior grade marine rope that won’t stretch or break and is UV resistant. You can purchase these from the Your Horsemanship Shop here.
I use a special, inexpensive resistance device to teach a horse to tie up patiently and safely without pulling back. I use them on the yard, and take them with me to tie horses to the box at events; I would never use anything else!
You can purchase these in some great colours from the Your Horsemanship Shop here.
Sticks and Woggles
I use a variety of long objects as tools to drive a horse forward and teach them how to move different parts of their body from the ground. They range from the big, fat, soft and slow foam woggle (like the long swimming floats) that I use for desensitising, to lunge and dressage whips.
I prefer to use a loose ring Fulmer with young horses as the side pieces help communicate steering aids to young horses. I ride with split reins so if I have to dismount in a hurry I don’t need to pull the reins over my horse’s head. The ends are also good to motivate horses forward. I am also happy to start, or train, horses in bitless bridles.
I also use a bridle rope, which is an invention of the great Australian trainer Steve Brady. It is a thin piece of rope that runs through the bit and up over the horse’s ears. It allows me to attach a lunge line or rope while keeping the bit balanced in the horse’s mouth. I can then lead or lunge my horse from the ground without having to rearrange everything.
Click here for a quick video on how to attach a bridle rope. You can purchase these from the Your Horsemanship Shop here.
Roller and Driving Reins
I use a roller and driving reins on all the horses I start as long reining is a great way to introduce basic aids before a rider. A pair of 20 foot ropes are perfect as driving reins. You can purchase these from the Your Horsemanship Shop here.
Roundpens are very useful, especially when starting horses. Although you will see me working in a roundpen during some sections of my training programme, I offer alternative strategies for those without them at home.