Horse Hero Update - 2nd September 2014
Stop Press! Congratulations to Team GB on their eventing performances at WEG - team silver and individual bronze are great results. Our sympathy goes to team member Harry Meade on losing his up and coming star Wild Lone, who died shortly after completing the cross-country. We filmed Wild Lone a few years ago, early in his career when he was making the step up from Novice to Intermediate.
Latest Blogs. Nikki Crisp makes big plans, Jo Eccles is ready for WEG, Melissa Beer is pleasantly surprised, Natasha Adkinson makes great progress, Alex Brown is gutted, Natalie Allen has a change, Jane Naughton steps up the training and Maria Wynne is at death's door.
It's a whole new world for Olivia Wilmot, Sarah Isaacs makes a soul-searching decision, Fiona Price gets a sinking feeling, Polly Williamson takes a break and Shiwon Green hits rock bottom. Erin Williams is wiped out, it's two weeks to go for Annie Joppe, Karen Morris is on cracking form and Jessica Gale gears up!
Editorial. In the third in her series of articles on starting the young Iberian stallion Gran Hostil, classical dressage trainer Jenny Rolfe talks about developing a bond and the art of leadership. Horse Hero Guru's straight-talking answers to forum questions, include training the correct canter lead, riding a horse with cataracts, preventing overreaches, leg-yield problems and extended trot. You can also read a selection of blogs in Editorial if you haven't yet caught up with all our bloggers.
Filming. We recently filmed with American ‘positive reinforcement’ expert Shawna Karrasch, who used clicker training to help a horse with a clipping phobia and also improve a four year old’s jumping technique. Shawna, who began her career training dolphins and whales, has an avid following in the US and has worked with top riders including show-jumper Beezie Maddon. Colleague, Hannah Weston, showed us how clicker training can be used to improve a horse’s way of going under saddle. Horse Hero founder Fiona Price went off immediately after filming to put it into practise with her two year old!
Previously, we filmed Italian eventing team member Alberto Giugni jumping one of his future stars, and teaching an Intermediate eventer and a Novice dressage rider.
Next video. Cross country schooling with 4* eventer Tom McEwen.