'Mindful Horsemanship' Tuition

Simple & correctly taught; a 5 yr old nails it!

Dealing with  horses is not always easy or pleasant, especially if a problem arises you aren't ready for. 
Calm, confident , mutually respectful groundwork, and using the right tools for the job are  the keys to success.

 So is the willingness to go back to basics and look to yourself, very often , instead of the horse.

Maybe you already have experience but are looking for a different view on a particular issue , or just want to expand your skill set? 
Non-riders and nervous clients are most welcome.  
Please get in touch to discuss your needs

 Session can also be booked as Non - ridden, and is specifically tailored to your own goals to help you increase your confidence, knowledge and skill set.

Leading, loading, improving ground manners, setting boundaries, liberty work and free schooling, sensitising, despooking  and leg handling all covered if required.

Nervous clients a speciality.

What I offer

Groundwork with a client's horse.

Sometimes we all need a second pair of eyes when we're feeling stuck with our horse/human partnership. 

Using horse-centered, natural, kind empathic training and a 'think outside the box' approach I can help you build upon your partnership's existing skills  & strengths, & we can work together to  identify areas for both celebration, and improvement. 

You can either come to work with my own horse, Ollie, a 17 hand Shire, who excels at giving confidence , or I can visit you. 

The benefit of working with my horse, especially if you are new to this type of horsemanship, is that he already knows what to do. 

Even if you are experienced with horses, I am confident I can show you different ways to look at any issues you may be having, so you have a level platform to start from. 

As a certified City & Guilds qualified Trainer I use a wide variety of teaching & assessment techniques to ensure that your learning experience will be informative, inclusive, enjoyable and tailored to your specific needs and goals. 

Before your session: 

You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire so I can plan your lesson  in advance to make the best use of your time. There are no right or wrong answers to give, but it helps me to help you, if I  have as much information as possible before we start. We can always chat beforehand as well.

After your session:

I will email you a full report of what we've achieved, any areas for improvement you may wish to work on, and suggestions for how to do so.

I also ask clients to complete  a feedback questionnaire afterwards. This is completely optional, but it really helps me to  continually monitor my services to ensure all my teaching is of the highest standard.

Tuition Rates: 

Visit me & work with my horse :  £20 per hour

I visit you & work with your horse: £25 per hour. Max radius from DE7 - 15 miles. 

'I'm further than 15 miles away'.

I am  happy to travel  further to you, if required. Rates are £25 per hour plus 30p per mile.  

To discuss your requirements please contact Dawn  for further information on 07840 873925

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Why I'm different


 I'm not tied into any one type of  style, discipline or training principle.  I practice what I  call 'Mindful Horsemanship' .

'Mindfulness' is about being in the moment, something which horses have evolved to do to survive. 

We deal with the  behaviours,  of both horse and human, that   we have at the time, not on a 'what if' or 'but' basis.  What better way is there than to go with the flow rather than swim against it? It's easier, more effective, and practical for everyone. Win, win !!!

I ride and handle horses 'iron free' so there are no bits, spurs or shoes on my horse. I use a Total Contact saddle, bareback pad or just ride bareback full stop. Sometimes we even ride with no tack at all.

I don't offer traditional riding school type tuition & I am NOT a qualified 'Riding Instructor', purely as there are no qualifications for what I specifically do.  

I can however, show you how I achieve the success I do with the equipment I use, and what NOT to do with your horse. This, I've found is a far more effective way to be with horses than a 'one method fits all' style of riding and horse management.

I treat my horses as I would like to be treated myself. If I wouldn't eat it,  drink it, sleep on it or put up with it, why should my horse? It's called respect, it's hard  to earn, and mighty quick to lose.

I teach people how to watch the horse, and to imagine what is going through his mind, as a prey animal, when dealing with him.  Once we learn how to always consider and  evaluate things  from the horse's point of view., life becomes much easier for the horse, and us. 

When we are seeking their co-operation, I believe it is our responsibility to be the best communicators we can be . 

After all the horse already knows how to be a horse!  They generally  only have 'issues' when we cause them, however unintentionally.

I evaluate each client beforehand to learn which learning style suits them best. We then sett ourselves up for taking the best  path to success. 

'Reading' horses gets easier with time, commitment and practice, and if you are committed to the process you will learn far more about them .... but even more about yourself!

Welcome to the journey !!!



From a client working with Ollie:

'Dawn you’re an amazing teacher, giving all the foundations to what it is you do.  It was very interesting and enriching experience.  Ollie is a complete star, he is such a confidence builder with such a sweet, loving nature and he allows you in to his heart and it is such a pleasure working with him. Everything ran really smoothly in a logical fashion, step by step with lots of explanation with each step giving an understanding of what and why we were doing what we were doing. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing animal with me, just overall a great experience.' 

Charlotte, Derby.


From a client working with Ollie:

'You helped me overcome my fear - showed me how to communicate with Ollie in a meaningful way and enabled me to feel confident working with him.  You pitched the coaching to suit me and were respectful of what I was feeling this allowed me to relax and trust your process.You delivered way more than I thought would be possible on a first session so I cant think of anything that could have improved that. Thank you - I still can't believe what was achieved in one session - you're both awesome' 😊

Paula, Derby


From a client whose horse I worked with: 

'You gave hands on tips about catching, trying the Total Contact saddle and the nose rope, and fitting tips. Learning a new skill - 'ground driving' & Links to places to find all the equipment. it was great to have a chance to see it all in action. Having you come to us, you were very supportive of me as a rider, and I felt affirmed that my instincts on many things were pretty sound in general. That boosted my confidence. Thank you. You Identified his key ‘issues’, soreness & leg splay. You also clearly saw the horse’s strengths; his willingness, his intelligence and the bond we have - that felt good. You also helped me to see areas where I can be more clear in my communication. You nailed that. Great tips on tack options. Very kind of you to leave the rhythm beads with us.I think you have great instincts and great insight into the behavioural issues of horses and humans.'

Fiona, Derbyshire


Here's a link for an away-day clinic I did. l enjoyed it as much as the  clients and I learned so much from their horses too ! 

See ' Herding' on The Natural Shire Blog